Are You Thinking About An Abortion?

Our counselors can help you understand all the facts about abortion so you can make an informed decision.

Many abortions occur in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. There are several types of procedures that range from $500 to $5,000. Many women who are considering abortion are unfamiliar with the types of abortions available and how each procedure works.

Are You Pregnant?

Before you make any decisions about an abortion, you need to confirm that you are pregnant. We offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to determine whether you are pregnant. After a pregnancy is confirmed, our coach can help you understand the facts and risks associated with an abortion. Our goal is to make sure you are armed with the facts so you can make an informed decision.

Do You Need An Abortion?

There are many misconceptions about abortion. If your ultrasound shows the possibility of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, this does not mean you need to have an abortion. Although these situations might seem scary, with the proper medical attention, your health and safety will not be at risk.

Types of Abortion

Plan B
Plan B, or the “morning after pill,” is a high-dosage birth control pill that women can take 72 hours after intercourse. It is effective in ending 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.

RU 486
RU 486 is a series of two pills that are used for an early medical abortion. The first pill will cut off the blood flow to the embryo and the second will induce labor. The second pill will cause 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.

Surgical Abortion

The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure is performed during the first trimester, which is 5 to 12 weeks, and involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the pregnancy from the uterine wall. Most common symptoms during the procedure include cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.

The Dilation and Evacuation procedure can be performed in the second trimester, which is the second 12 weeks of pregnancy. It combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervical area, while forceps are used to removed larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of the cavity.

Not Your First Abortion?

If you have had an abortion in the past and are considering another one, it’s important to know the health implications associated with the procedure. Having multiple abortions can cause complications in the future, such as infertility.

At Options for Women, we can discuss your concerns and give you the information you need to make a decision that is best for you.

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