Before You Get an Abortion Procedure
1. Verify Your Pregnancy
Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, it is recommended that you verify your pregnancy with a lab quality pregnancy test. LearnYourOptions provides lab quality pregnancy testing and a limited ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.
2. Get An Ultrasound
An ultrasound is an important next step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will measure the gestational age of your pregnancy (how many weeks pregnant you are). An ultrasound will also verify if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus) or if you might naturally miscarry.
3. Receive Options Counseling
Although you may believe that you have only ONE choice, the truth is that you have several options. Having the opportunity to discuss your situation is important in your decision making process and we are here to help you process information on parenting, releasing for adoption, and abortion procedures.
If you are thinking about abortion please contact us before you make a final choice. Unlike abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, we offer information and medical verification of your pregnancy so that you can make a fully informed choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the procedure 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.
This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus' body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the "products of conception.").
This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing. In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion. This is done by inserting thin rods made of seaweed a day or two before the abortion. Once the cervix is stretched open the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The fetus' skull is crushed to ease removal. A sharp tool (called a curette) is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.
Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects including bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, uterine scarring causing future infertility, and damage to cervix or uterus. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our medical clinic so that you can make an informed decision.
LearnYourOptions offers confidential and accurate pregnancy options education; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion or provide birth control, infertility or well woman services.
Questions to Ask if Seeking An Abortion
If you are considering getting an abortion, there are a lot of questions to think about before deciding what to do.
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along in the pregnancy am I?
- Do I have an STD?
- What abortion methods can be used?
- What happens after an abortion?
- Are there other options available to me?
- What if I have already had an abortion?
Your Next Step:
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