Do You Need Information About Abortion?

Despite what you may hear, getting an abortion is a big deal. It is one of three pregnancy options. Like any medical procedure, it has side effects and risks. Do you know what to expect?

At Life Care Center, we’ll explain the different abortion procedures thoroughly and honestly. We’ll also tell you what information you need before you can schedule an appointment.

2 Main Types of Abortions

There are two main types of abortions, medical and surgical. How long you’ve been pregnant determines what method is available to you. Be sure to verify the gestational age of your pregnancy before going to the clinic.

The only way to know how many weeks you’ve been pregnant is by ultrasound. We offer a free limited obstetrical ultrasound for women who have received a positive pregnancy test at our center.  Our licensed medical staff performs our ultrasounds, and you’ll have the information you need in one visit.

Medical Abortions

You may know medical abortion by another name. The abortion pill, RU-486, chemical, and self-managed are all names referring to this type of procedure. You are only eligible for a medical abortion if your pregnancy is less than 10 weeks.

This method uses a combination of drugs taken over two different days. The first drug, known as mifepristone, changes the lining of your uterus. Your pregnancy needs progesterone to thrive.  Mifepristone blocks the hormone, thinning the lining, which prevents the embryo from staying attached. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract to expel the embryo.

Surgical Abortions

You receive a surgical abortion between 10 and 22 weeks. The date of your pregnancy determines what type of surgical abortion you get. 

Vacuum aspiration, also known as dilation and curettage (D & C), uses medication to open (dilate) your cervix. Then, a surgical instrument called a curette is used to remove tissue. Curettes used in a D&C can be sharp or use suction. 

The dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedure use forceps to remove the fetus in small parts before suction because the fetus is larger.

The side effects and risks of every abortion include heavy prolonged bleeding, infection, severe cramping, and possibly an incomplete abortion.

Free Pre-Abortion Screenings

If you are considering abortion as your first option, our pre-abortion screening will equip you to make an informed decision. Our screenings include the following:

Free Lab-Quality Pregnancy Test

No more worrying if that over-the-counter test is accurate. You can have confidence in your test result by having one of our professional staff perform your pregnancy test using the highest quality tests available.

Free Limited Ultrasound

This test, performed by our licensed medical staff, paired with our lab-quality pregnancy testing, is the best way to know if you’re pregnant and also if your pregnancy is viable. This scan allows us to evaluate how far along you are in your pregnancy and if it looks like it is progressing normally. 

The Mayo Clinic states that at least 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. An ultrasound will help you know if abortion is even necessary, as well as what type of abortion you would need.

Free STI/STD Education & Referrals

If you desire to protect your future, it is important to know more about STIs/STDs when looking to schedule an abortion procedure. Without proper care and treatment of STDs before termination, your future health could be at risk.

Schedule a Free Appointment

Contact us today to schedule a free appointment to learn more about abortion options.

*Life Care Center does not perform or refer abortions.