If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be thinking about abortion. Before making any decision, you owe it to yourself to gather the resources you need and explore your options, so you can make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy.
Below, you can find information on the different types of procedures. However, please note that before obtaining an abortion, you will need to have a pregnancy test and ultrasound completed to confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are. Contact us for your free proof of pregnancy.
Did you know that Plan B and the abortion pill are two different things? Plan B, or "the morning after pill," is a form of emergency contraception that prevents pregnancy from occurring after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The pill is purchased over-the-counter and can only be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. The pill will be ineffective if taken after this time frame, if you vomit after taking the pill, or if you are already pregnant.
The abortion pill goes by many names, including medical abortion, RU-486, and Mifeprex/mifepristone. The pill(s) may be taken up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. The abortion pill is actually a combination of two pills that are taken together to effectively end a pregnancy. The first pill cuts off progesterone, a hormone necessary for fetal growth, while the second pill induces labor. After taking the second pill, you will experience severe cramping, bleeding, nausea and faintness. The process is described as similar to a miscarriage, where a woman will "birth" the contents of the uterus over a series of hours, or even a day.
A surgical abortion can be performed if the woman is more than six weeks pregnant and is available to women who are in their second trimester. The type of surgical abortion procedure depends on how far along you are. A surgical abortion must be completed in a medical facility and uses local anesthesia to complete the procedure. On first trimester abortions, vacuum aspiration is used to suck out the contents of the uterus. While second trimester abortions will use instruments to dilate the cervix and then use a combination of curettes, forceps and suction to remove the developed fetus from the uterus.
Just like any elective medical procedure, there are risks associated with surgical abortions. If you are farther along in your pregnancy and are considering a surgical abortion, contact us today.
Reliance Center (Reliance Ministries Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical clinic and all of our services are free and confidential to the fullest extent allowable by law. We do not perform abortions, nor do we refer for abortions, but offer information that a woman considering an abortion needs. This site, and all information contained herein, is designed to be an informational tool only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or replace care from a qualified medical practitioner.