What you should know

Abortion Education

If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Methods of Abortions

RU-486, Mifepristone: (Abortion Pill) - Within 4 to 7 weeks after LMP

This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is a follow-up ultrasound to determine if the procedure has been completed.

RU-486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration: up to 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

Suction Curettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus' body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the “products of conception”).
Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision.

ella®

ella® (ulipristal) is an FDA-approved emergency contraceptive for use within 5 days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Pregnancy from a previous sexual encounter should be ruled out before taking ella®. It is to be used only once during a menstrual cycle. It is estimated that taking ella® will reduce the number of expected pregnancies from 5.5% to 2%. ella® may reduce the chance of pregnancy by preventing or postponing ovulation. It also may work by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, which is a form of early abortion. 4 ella® is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex. Both share the progesterone-blocking effect of disrupting the embryo’s attachment to the womb, causing its death.11

The most common adverse reactions of ella® include headache, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue and dizziness. Women who experience abdominal pain three to five weeks after using ella® should be evaluated right away for an ectopic pregnancy. Much is unknown about the drug, including its effect on women who are under 18 or over 35 years of age, taking other hormonal contraception, pregnant from a previous encounter, taking ella® repeatedly during the same cycle or are breast-feeding.

 

Morning After Pill (Plan B)

Before taking the Morning After Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you're pregnant and advise you on your options.
What is it?

The “morning after pill” is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Known as Plan B, the pill is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as RU-486.
How does it work?

Plan B is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.

Things to consider

  • Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
  • Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
  • The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.

Here are other options to consider:

 

Deciding to Parent

Even if you have had no experience or interaction with children, everyone has to start somewhere. Choosing to raise your child yourself is not out of the question. You may feel that you do not have the abilities to raise a child, but there is help available to you.  With the support of caring people, parenting classes and other resources, you will find the help you need to make this choice.

 

Adoption

Many people are surprised to discover that adoption can be a good choice for them, after they learn some modern facts about it. There are options within this choice and most of them now give you plenty of say about how things happen. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice for themselves and their babies.

Please contact us. We can help you talk through all of your options.

If you are thinking about abortion, call us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

 

Abortion

Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact and spiritual consequences. Please call us so that you can make an informed decision.


No one should pressure you into any decision with something as big as pregnancy. There is a lot to educate yourself on and we can help you every step of the way. Please continue your path to informing and equipping yourself by calling or coming to our center for the help and support we can provide.

 

Abortion Recovery

Following abortion, many women experience initial relief. The perceived crisis is over and life returns to normal. For many women, however, the crisis is not over. Months and even years later, significant problems can develop.

Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following symptoms:

  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Difficulty Bonding with Partner or Children
  • Eating Disorder

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, our pregnancy center offers confidential, compassionate support designed to help women and men work through these feelings. You are not alone.

If you wish to begin the healing process from a past abortion or abortions, we offer classes, free of charge. Deciding to seek help may be one of the toughest decisions you have to make, but it may be one of the best.

To talk to someone about issues from a past abortion, please call us. All calls are confidential.

 


Our Center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. This center does not offer abortion services .


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

 

Options to Consider

Options to Consider

It is good you are taking the time to do some research before you make your final decision.

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