Abortion Education

It is good that you are taking the time to do some research before making your final decision. If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final 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.

 

ARE YOU PREGNANT?

It is important to get verification of pregnancy from a reliable source, like a pregnancy test or an ultrasound. Our center is here to help you confirm your pregnancy. We offer free pregnancy testing and free limited ultrasounds. Our appointments are personal and confidential, and are done on a one-on-one basis, so that we can look at your particular situation and health factors to know how to fully serve you during this time. For starters, here are some facts about the basic procedures you could be considering:

Morning After Pill (Plan B)

The Morning After Pill is a large dose of oral contraceptive. The pill is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. This is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.

Possible Complications

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Menstrual changes
  • Does not protect against HIV infection, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.

RU486/Abortion Pill

RU486 can be taken within 4 to 7 weeks after last menstrual period. RU486 is a combination of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, that cause early abortion. The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is inserted in the vagina 24-72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.

Possible Complications

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Incomplete abortion
  • If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration

Manual Vacuum Aspiration can be done up to 7 weeks after last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is then suctioned out.

Possible Complications

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Pelvic infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Torn cervix
  • Perforated uterus

Suction Curettage

Suction Curettage can be done 6 to 14 weeks after Last Menstrual Period. Since 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.

Possible Complications

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Pelvic infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Torn cervix
  • Weakened cervix
  • Perforated uterus

Dilation and Evacuation Abortion

Sponge-like pieces of absorbent material are placed into the cervix. This material becomes moist and slowly opens the cervix. It remains in place for hours or overnight. A second or third application of the sponge material may be necessary. Following dilation of the cervix, medications may be given to ease pain and prevent infection. After local or general anesthesia has been administered, the baby, placenta, and membrane are removed from the uterus with medical instruments such as forceps and suction curettage. Occasionally for removal, it may be necessary to dismember the baby.

Possible Complications

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Cut or torn cervix
  • Perforation of the wall of the uterus
  • Pelvic infection
  • Anesthesia-related complications
  • Weakened cervix

THE EMOTIONAL SIDE OF ABORTION

After having an abortion, each woman’s emotions toward their decision will vary. Women have both positive and negative feelings toward having an abortion. Some women say these feelings go away soon after, and others say they last for a long time. These feelings may include guilt, as well as, sadness. A woman may question whether or not she made the right decision, and this will haunt her forever.

Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, and has emotional, psychological and spiritual impacts. Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision. You can contact us by phone at 334.793.0002, or through our Contact Page.

Our center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.

Schedule a confidential appointment today.