What abortion options are available?
Depending on the number of weeks into your pregnancy, there are different abortion options. The three procedures include:
Abortion pill for 5-10 weeks
This nonsurgical, noninvasive treatment comes in the form of a pill. It’s extremely safe and highly effective for the early stages of pregnancy, with a 94-98% success rate if you are eight weeks pregnant or less. You take the abortion pill at home and return to the office for a follow-up visit 1-2 weeks afterward.
Surgical abortion for 5-14 weeks
A dilation and curettage (D&C) abortion is a safe surgical method of terminating a pregnancy in the first 5-14 weeks. Your doctor typically performs this in-office surgery while you’re under anesthesia so you’re comfortable and have no memory of the procedure.
Surgical abortion for after 14 weeks
A dilation and extraction (D&E) is the safest, most effective way to terminate a pregnancy after 14 weeks. Prior to having a D+E, your cervix may need to be dilated. Cervical dilation can be achieved by inserting sponge-like sticks inside your cervix on the day prior to the procedure or by giving you medicine on the same day of the procedure. This medicine, called Misoprostal, is absorbed into your blood through your cheek and usually takes 2-3hrs to work.
How does the abortion pill work?
If you decide to terminate a pregnancy in its earliest stages (5-10 weeks), you may choose the abortion pill over a surgical abortion. The abortion pill process involves several steps and two different types of medicine that stop a pregnancy.
The first pill you take prevents the pregnancy from growing. The second pill induces cramping and bleeding to empty your uterus, much like what happens during a miscarriage.
In most instances, with the abortion pill process, you terminate the pregnancy in 4-5 hours.
How safe are surgical abortions?
Surgical abortions are extremely safe and effective when an experienced OB/GYN, like the ones at FPA Women’s Health, perform them. You’re under the highest standard of medical care in a safe, sterile environment. The team of doctors and nurses are with you every step of the way to explain the procedure, prepare you for recovery, and help with aftercare if you need it.
With any type of abortion, the team of FPA Women’s Health nurses are available by phone 24 hours a day to answer your questions. And a physician is always on call.
To schedule a consultation or to learn more about your options, call the office or book an appointment online.