Are you considering an abortion because you’re facing an unintended pregnancy? Because there are many different types of abortion procedures and risks associated with each, it’s important to discuss your specific situation and receive the most up-to-date information about the procedures. Our supportive medical team can answer questions about abortion in a non-judgmental and caring manner.
What should I do first?
If you think you might be pregnant, we are your best first step! We can provide you with:
- an on-site pregnancy test at no cost to you to confirm your pregnancy.
- then, an ultrasound will determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable.
If you are pregnant, our staff can help you understand the facts associated with each abortion procedure.
Abortion is a Medical Procedure
The type of abortion procedure you are eligible for depends on your specific situation.
- Chemical abortions (Plan B or the Abortion Pill, RU 486) are pills taken orally that end the pregnancy.
- Surgical abortions are invasive and require more recovery time.
How Much Does an Abortion Cost?
Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $300 to $6,000 depending on the type of procedure. If there are any complications that require further surgeries or medical treatment, costs and recovery time could increase.
If you are considering an abortion, we have information on the types of procedures and how they will affect your body. Our medical team can answer any questions you have.
What are the different types of abortion?
Plan B, often called the “Morning After Pill,” is a high-dosage birth control pill that women can take 72 hours after intercourse. It ends a pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released, interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, or preventing the egg from implanting in the uterus. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.
The Abortion Pill (RU 486)
RU 486 is a medical abortion procedure that involves a series of two pills that are taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The first pill you ingest will cut off the blood flow to the embryo and the second will induce labor. Side effects associated with the second pill include severe cramps, bleeding, nausea and vomiting. It is possible that after these two pills, women will still need a surgical abortion to effectively complete the procedure.
The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the pregnancy out of your body. As with any other surgery, you should expect to feel some side effects including cramping, nausea, sweating, and faintness.
The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus while suctioning any remnants out of your body.
Are there risks?
Just like any surgery or medical procedure, there are health risks associated with abortion. Some risks may include
- heavy bleeding
- damage to cervix
- damage to the uterus
- damage to other internal organs
- fertility loss; and
If you still have questions, our medical team can give you the complete information on the risks of having an abortion.