Abortion Methods

Medication Abortion (Abortion Pill)

10 weeks or less after last period (an ultrasound can determine the number of weeks)

Your health care provider will give you the first pill, Mifepristone, at their office or clinic. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone. You may also be prescribed antibiotics.

Your healthcare provider will tell you how and when to use the second pill, misoprostol. You’ll take it somewhere between 6 to 48 hours later, usually at home. This pill causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus of the pregnancy.

If you change your mind after taking the first pill within a 48 hour period, PRC can dispense and/or prescribe progesterone which may support the pregnancy to full term.

In-Clinic Abortion

Procedure used until 14-16 weeks after your last period (an ultrasound can determine the number of weeks)

Your healthcare provider will use a suction machine, also called vacuum aspiration, to empty your uterus of the pregnancy.

Usually used until 16 weeks or more after your last period

For this procedure your healthcare provider will dilate your cervix because you are further along in the pregnancy. Medical tools will be used along with the suction machine to empty your uterus of the pregnancy.

General Side Effects

Physical Risks

Side effects for both medication abortion and in-clinic abortions include but are not limited to cramping, bleeding, nausea, diarrhea and pain.

Emotional  Psychological Risks

Some women may feel immediate feelings of relief following an abortion, others find themselves facing feelings they did not expect. Some of these feelings may include but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, anger. They may have a difficult time talking about these feelings. Some psychologists have labeled these problems as post-abortion stress. You may recognize some of the following side effects in your friends or family members who have had abortions.

-If you are experience any of these feelings PRC offers post-abortion recovery counseling.

Pregnancy Resource Center provides competent and compassionate medical care and counseling. Our services include pregnancy options, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, prenatal care, nurse consultations, counseling, perinatal education, behavioral health education, material assistance, referrals for housing, legal assistance and other community resources.

 

*PRC does not perform abortion methods.