Methods

Medication Abortion during the 1st trimester

  • RU486 – “The Abortion Pill” – Mifeprex/Mifepristone with Misoprostol – 4-7 wks after last menstrual period (LMP)

A drug is given at your provider’s office, stopping the hormones needed for the fetus to grow. In addition, it causes the placenta to separate from the uterus, ending the pregnancy. A second drug is given, again at your provider’s office, by mouth or placed in the vagina causing the uterus to contract and expel the fetus and placenta. A third visit to the doctor is required for follow up to make sure the abortion is completed. According to the FDA, side effects may include cramping, bleeding, diarrhea, nausea, fever, vomiting, headache, dizziness, back pain, tiredness, and incomplete abortion. If your pregnancy is not ended, there is a chance of birth defects. 

Surgical Abortions during the 1st trimester

  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration – up to 7 weeks after LMP
  • Suction Curettage –  6-14 weeks after LMP

Surgical Abortions during the 2nd & 3rd trimesters

  • Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) – 13-24 weeks after LMP
  • Dilation & Extraction (D&X) – 20-24 weeks LMP to full term

All surgical abortion methods carry the risk of short and long term side effects (possibly life-threatening).

Come into Choices Pregnancy Center for more information about these procedures and the associated risks.
You deserve to make an informed choice.