Types of Abortion

SURGICAL ABORTION PROCEDURES

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MIFEPRISTONE (aka: MIFEPREX, MIFE, RU-486, THE ABORTION PILL)

VACUUM ASPIRATION ABORTION PERFORMED UP TO WEEK 14 OF PREGNANCY

  • A local anesthetic is applied or injected into or near the cervix, the opening to the womb, to prevent discomfort or pain.
  • Conscious sedation and/or general anesthesia are also commonly used.
  • The opening of the cervix is gradually stretched with a series of dilators. The thickest dilator used is about the width of a fountain pen.
  • A tube is inserted into the womb and is attached to a suction system to remove the fetus, placenta and membranes from the womb.
  • Occasionally, this is followed by a procedure to scrape the walls of the uterus, making sure it has been completely emptied of the unborn child and placenta.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made with the doctor.

Common Complications

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Pelvic infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Torn cervix
  • Perforated cervix

DILATION AND CURETTAGE ABORTION PERFORMED UP TO WEEK 14 OF PREGNANCY

  • A local anesthetic is applied or injected into or near the cervix to prevent discomfort or pain.
  • Conscious sedation and/or general anesthesia are also commonly used.
  • The opening of the cervix is gradually stretched with a series of dilators.
  • The thickest dilator used is about the width of a fountain pen.
  • A spoon-like instrument (curette) is used to scrape the walls of the uterus to remove the fetus, placenta and membranes.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made with the doctor.

Common Complications

  • Incomplete abortion requiring vacuum aspiration
  • Pelvic infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Torn cervix
  • Weakened cervix
  • Perforated cervix

DILATION AND EXTRACTION (D&E) PERFORMED AFTER 14 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

  • Sponge-like pieces of absorbent material are placed into the cervix. This material becomes moist and slowly opens the cervix. It remains in place for several hours or overnight. A second or third application of the sponge material may be necessary.
  • Following dilation of the cervix, medications may be given to ease pain and prevent infection.
  • After a local or general anesthesia has been administered, the fetus and placenta are removed from the uterus with medical instruments such as forceps and suction curettage.
  • Occasionally for removal, it may be necessary to dismember the fetus.

Common Complications

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Cut or torn cervix
  • Perforation of the wall of the uterus
  • Pelvic infection
  • Anesthesia-related complication
  • Weakened cervix
  • Incomplete Abortion

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Fetal Development Weeks 10-20

The following describes some of the developmental steps of the baby during the time frame when a woman is eligible for a surgical abortion.

  • The heart is fully developed, and other vital organs (including the kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver) have begun functioning.
  • The baby’s skeleton begins developing into bone.
  • Baby can suck their thumb.
  • Hearing is developing, and can hear mother’s heart beating and voice.
  • Movement can be felt by mother.
  • Unique fingerprints and toeprints develop.

Are you considering abortion?  Are you unsure of your options?  Here at Open Arms Pregnancy Center we specialize in helping you through the process.  Our onsite medical professionals will answer your questions in a caring and confidential way.

Citations

Information for this page is taken from Abortion: A Woman’s Right to Know, a publication of the Georgia Department of Public Health and can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/womens-health/womens-right-know-wrtk

Common Questions

Do I Have To Tell My Parents If I’m Under 18?

The requirements for this vary from state to state. In Ohio, the law requires anyone under the age of 18 who is looking to obtain an abortion to have consent from a parent or legal guardian.

How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The final cost is dependent on multiple factors. Those factors being: how far along you are in your pregnancy, what type of abortion you have, your healthcare provider, and the clinic you go to. Ohio has a 24 hour waiting period, which requires all patients to come to the clinic at least twice. The cost of an abortion starts around $500 and increases as pregnancy progresses. In Ohio, health plans (including Medicare and Medicaid) can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, or in cases of rape or incest.

When can I get an abortion? Am I too far along to take the pill?

In Ohio, an abortion can be obtained up to 22 weeks after the last menstrual period. Any abortion beyond that, may only be performed under the condition that your life is in danger from the pregnancy or that you are dealing with severe physical health complications. In addition, an abortion pill is an option only for women who are no more than 10 weeks pregnant. After 10 weeks, the pill becomes illegal to use for abortion and surgical methods must be used.

If you don’t know how far along you are, Open Arms Pregnancy Center offers a free limited obstetrical ultrasound with proof of positive pregnancy. Call or stop in to get an appointment scheduled today.

If I change my mind after taking the first pill, is there anything I can do?

Many women don’t know this, but the abortion pill is actually two pills, each with a different function. If you change your mind after taking the first pill and haven’t yet taken the second pill, call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline 877-558-0333 right away. It may not be too late for you to save the pregnancy.

Why do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?

Receiving an ultrasound before you get an abortion is an important medical step and one of the most accurate ways to get essential information about your pregnancy. An ultrasound determines if you’re still pregnant, how far along you are, and the location of your pregnancy. This is the first step in discovering what pregnancy options you have as each abortion procedure is only available during certain points of your pregnancy. At Open Arms Pregnancy Center, we provide limited ultrasounds free of charge; call or text today to learn more.

Does abortion hurt? How will I feel after?

Every person’s experience with abortion will differ. Most women experience bleeding and cramping, as well as other possible physical risks.

There is no universally accepted standard for how you should expect to feel after an abortion. In some cases, women can deal with feelings of depression, grief, guilt, and loss; this is commonly referred to as Post Abortion Stress Syndrome or PASS. If you are dealing with such feelings or just want someone to talk to about your experience with abortion, Open Arms provides post-abortion support at no cost. Call to schedule an appointment today.

*Open Arms Pregnancy Center offers accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.

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