Are you considering abortion for your unplanned pregnancy? If so, Attleboro Women’s Health Center is your first step. We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where you can get the information you need on the different types of abortion and associated risks. Because abortion is a medical procedure, it’s important that you get the facts before making a final decision. Our medical team is caring and supportive and your appointments are always confidential!
WHat’s My First Step?
Before you make a decision, you need to confirm your pregnancy. During your pre-abortion screening, we provide you with a lab-quality pregnancy test. If you test positive, then an ultrasound will be made available to you to determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. (10-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage). Once your pregnancy is confirmed, our staff can help you navigate your options so you can make an informed decision about your pregnancy outcome. Our services are at no cost to you and completely confidential.
WHat are the different types of abortion?
Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
The Abortion Pill also known as RU486 is a chemical abortion procedure that is approved by the FDA for use during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy only. The Abortion Pill consists of two medications, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which work together to terminate a pregnancy. The first medication is taken at the doctor’s office and blocks the production of progesterone which supports the embryo. The second medication is taken at home 24-48 hours later and causes the uterus to cramp and expel the pregnancy. Average bleeding lasts 9-16 days, but can last more than 30 days. 7-14 days later, a return visit is required to confirm the abortion is complete. A surgical procedure is required in the event of an incomplete abortion.
The FDA recommends an ultrasound before taking the pills if “the duration of pregnancy is uncertain or if ectopic is suspected.”
If you’re not a candidate for the abortion pill (non-surgical) or if the abortion pill fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. Some of the most common surgical abortion procedures include manual vacuum aspiration (D&C), dilation and evacuation (D&E) and induction abortion.
Vacuum Aspiration (D&C)
- Performed up to 13 weeks of pregnancy
- Requires a local anesthetic injected into or near the cervix.
- The cervix is then stretched open, allowing a tube to be inserted.
- The fetus and placenta are then suctioned out.
- Occasionally, this is followed by a procedure to scrape the walls of the uterus, making sure it has been completely emptied.
Dilation & Evacuation (D&E)
- Performed in weeks 13-24 of pregnancy
- May require two to three doctor’s office visits.
- Laminaria (seaweed) sticks and/or medication are placed into the cervix, slowly opening the cervix over a period of several hours or up to two days.
- You may be given intravenous medications to help with pain and to prevent infection.
- General anesthesia may be given, and the fetus and placenta are then removed with forceps and suction curettage.
- Performed in weeks 25 to full-term pregnancy
- This procedure could take up to three to four days to complete.
- A needle is inserted through the woman’s abdomen or vagina directly into the fetus. Drugs are given to cause fetal demise.
- Laminaria (seaweed) sticks are placed into the cervix, slowly opening the cervix over a period of several hours or up to two days.
- The mother will then deliver the fetus vaginally.
- A D&E (above) may be necessary to ensure a complete abortion.
Are there any risks?
Abortion, as with any medical procedure, is not without risk. Minor to more serious complications may be experienced. You should know all of the risks – both immediate and long-term, before you decide. Common physical side effects include cramping, tenderness or pain, vomiting, bleeding, nausea and diarrhea. Potential physical complications may include incomplete abortion, infection, heavy bleeding, damage to cervix, damage to internal organs, scarring/puncturing of the uterus, allergic reaction to medication. Women may also suffer emotional complications such as anxiety, sadness, guilt, regret, anger, difficulty sleeping and harmful thoughts.
Get the facts first!
We are here to help you through this tough decision. Our caring staff will give you the answers you need to make an informed decision about the outcome of your unplanned pregnancy. If you are considering abortion, make a free and confidential appointment today. It’s your right to know all your options!
You don’t have to go through this alone. To learn more about your options, schedule your appointment today!