Considering Abortion?

As with any other medical procedure, it’s important that you are fully informed of the health implications and associated risks. There are several different types of abortions, including the abortion pill such as Plan B or RU 486, and surgical abortions, which will be more invasive. Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000. We can provide you with additional information if you still have questions regarding abortion procedures. We are here to help!

Your First Step

Before you consider your options, you need to confirm for pregnancy. You can do this by getting an ultrasound at our center for no cost. If you are pregnant and still considering an abortion, our staff can help you understand the facts and risks associated with each abortion procedure.

Different Types of Abortion Procedures

Plan B

Plan B, often called “the morning after pill,” is a high-dosage of the birth control pill that women take 72 hours after sex. The pill can prevent an egg from being released, interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle or preventing the egg from effectively implanting in the uterus. There are side effects associated with Plan B including nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.

RU 486

RU 486 is a two-part pill series that causes a medical abortion. The first pill you take 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. Even after taking the two pills, many women will still need a surgical abortion to effectively end the pregnancy and remove all the contents from the uterus.

Surgical Abortions

The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual/Vacuum Aspiration procedure. A syringe or vacuum is used to suck the contents of the pregnancy from your uterine wall. Because this is an invasive procedure, you should expect to experience side effects and symptoms including cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.

The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. During this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervix, 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 out any remnants of the pregnancy.

Abortion Risks

Just like any other medical procedure, there are associated risks with having an abortion. Those risks include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus or uterine lining, damage to other internal organs, sepsis (total body infection caused by RU486), loss of future fertility and death. When you visit the Life Choice Center, we can give you information regarding abortion and the health risks associated with each procedure. No matter what you choose, we are here to help guide you through this process in a caring environment.

This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.