Our Medical staff is fully trained and will be more than happy to provide abortion education and answer your questions about the following abortion procedures. Our Medical staff can also discuss the importance of having STI testing prior to an abortion procedure.
All services are confidential as allowable by state law.
RU486, Mifepristone, Abortion Pill (4 to 10 weeks):
This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 70th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to begin the abortion process. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which usually causes cramps to end the pregnancy. The last visit is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the abortion has been completed.
RU486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman. Due to this complication it is medically advised that an ultrasound is performed prior to the use of RU486 to ensure it is not an ectopic pregnancy.
Suction Curettage (6 to 13 weeks):
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. This procedure can be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed.
Methotrexate or “M&M” (5 to 9 weeks): Methotrexate is normally used for treatment of cancers, arthritis, and certain dermatological conditions. It is not approved for abortions by the FDA, although it is sometimes used for this purpose. This drug is given by injection; it interferes with the growth process of rapidly dividing cells. Like RU-486, it is followed by misoprostol (hence the “M&M” nickname) to expel the fetus. This method fails at least 4% of the time. Methotrexate can potentially cause serious side effects, including severe anemia, ulcers and bone marrow depression.
D&E (13 to 20+ weeks): In this late term abortion the cervix is dilated, either mechanically or with laminaria. Possible complications include infection, cervical laceration and uterine perforation.
D&X (20 to 32+ weeks): The procedure is also called Intact D & X, Intrauterine Cranial Decompression, and Partial Birth Abortion. Possible complications include damage to uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, infection, and blood clots.
Availability depends on state law.
If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we will assist you every step of the way.
Abortion is not a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our clinic so that you can make an informed decision.
Our clinics offer evidence based medical services and education about all options; however, per our Medical Director, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.