If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering abortion. Surgical abortion is normally done in the second trimester and comes with risks. It’s vital that you learn about your options and get the most up-to-date information. Our compassionate medical team can help answer your many abortion questions.
Surgical Abortion Procedures
How far along you are in your pregnancy will determine the type of abortion procedure you receive. This can only be confirmed with an ultrasound, available for free at our center.
There are three types of surgical abortion procedures – Suction Aspiration, Dilation & Curettage (D&C), and Dilation and Evacuation (D&E). All are done in a medical facility.
Suction Aspiration – (6-12 Weeks After LMP)
With suction aspiration abortion, the cervix is injected with an anesthetic and opened with cone-shaped rods. Then a long tube connected to a suction device is inserted into the uterus to remove the baby.
Dilation And Curettage (D&C) – (Within 12-21 Weeks After LMP)
A D&C abortion is very similar to suction aspiration, except that it uses a long, looped-shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta, and baby away from the uterus. Lastly, an instrument may be inserted for final suctioning.
Dilation And Evacuation (D&E) – (Within 15-21 Weeks LMP)
A D&E abortion combines suction aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. A sedative is given and an injection into the cervix, while forceps work to remove larger sections of the pregnancy. Lastly, a curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus, suctioning any remnants out of the body.
Potential Risks of Surgical Abortion
- Cramping, sweating, or feeling faint
- Heavy or prolonged bleeding
- Blood clots
- Damage to cervix or uterus
- Psychological issues (such as eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse)
Confirm Your Pregnancy
Did you know that one in four pregnancies do not carry to term for various reasons? The only way to determine if you are actually pregnant is through a pre-abortion ultrasound exam, which New Hope Center provides at no cost to you, if eligible.
To determine what type of procedure would be performed, you should know the estimated gestational age. This can be measured through an ultrasound exam performed by our trained medical team.
Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.
New Hope Center does not perform or provide referrals for abortion, nor do abortion facilities require a referral from us. You will be free to choose the clinic that best suits your situation based on the information you receive from us.