Are you experiencing an unintended pregnancy? Abortion could be an option you’re considering. There are different types of abortion procedures with different risks associated with each. 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 pregnancy questions in a non-judgmental manner.
What should I do first?
Your BEST first step, before having an abortion, is to have a pre-abortion screening to answer three important questions:
Am I really pregnant?
Did you know that one in three 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.
How far along am I?
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.
Types of Abortion Procedures
How far along you are in your pregnancy will determine the type of abortion procedure you receive. The two types of abortion procedures are medical and surgical.
Medical Abortion Procedures
The Abortion Pill – (Within 10 weeks after Last Menstrual Period (LMP)
Also known as medical abortion, the Abortion Pill consists of two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, that work together to terminate an existing pregnancy.
Mifepristone first works to block progesterone from the uterine lining, terminating the pregnancy. The second medication, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. This could occur within a few hours or up to two weeks.
A follow-up physical exam is vital to make sure the procedure was successful and that there are no immediate complications.
Potential Risks & Side Effects:
- Heavy Bleeding
Surgical Abortion Procedures
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 pregnancy.
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 fetus 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 & Side effects of surgical abortions:
- 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)
New Hope Center is here to help you feel empowered to make an informed decision when it comes to your unplanned pregnancy. Schedule a no-cost appointment by calling us at (859) 341-0766 or fill out our online contact form.
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.
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New Hope Center is here to empower you to make an informed decision regarding your unplanned pregnancy. To schedule your free and confidential appointment, call 859-341-0766 or schedule here.
New Hope Center does not perform or provide referrals for abortion.