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Abortion Information

Considering Abortion? Explore All Your Options.

Abortion can be a life-changing event with significant physical, emotional, and psychological effects. Many women who struggle emotionally with their past abortions say they wish they had been told all of the facts about abortion and its risks.

Before you decide to get an abortion, it’s important you get the facts and inform yourself of the procedures and risks. You have the right to know.

We hope the information in this section will help answer your questions about abortion. If you want to talk to someone in person, feel free to call us at: 315-255-2778. We’re not here to judge or make your decision for you. We are here to listen, inform, and support. We are here to help!

Abortion Risks

Physical:

Long-term:

Psychological & Emotional: Guilt, Grief, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Difficulty bonding with partner or children, Eating disorders Physical: Premature delivery in future pregnancies; Increased potential for later development of breast cancer Spiritual: Whatever your spiritual beliefs may be, having an abortion can have a spiritual effect as well. Have you considered what God thinks about your situation? How does God see your unborn child? Take time to consider these important questions.

Abortion Procedures

Morning-After Pill

One pill taken within 72 hours of sex.
Plan B One-Step (Morning-After Pill) is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure, unprotected intercourse, or forced sex. It may work by preventing a fertilized egg (newly formed life) from implanting in the uterus, which is a form of early abortion. Side effects may include changes in periods, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. Plan B One-Step should not be used as a routine form of birth control.

ella

An 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. ella is closely related to the abortion pill Mifeprex, as it may work by preventing a fertilized egg (newly formed life) from implanting in the uterus, which is a form of early abortion. Side effects include headache, nausea, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue, and dizziness. Mifeprex/Mifepristone (RU-486; Abortion Pill) Medical abortion usually taken within 7 weeks after Last Menstrual Period This medical procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills that cause the death of the developing embryo. Two days later, the woman returns to the doctor to take another drug. This causes cramping and contractions of the uterus and expels the embryo. A third visit to the doctor is to confirm that the abortion is complete. Risks associated with a medical abortion include bleeding, infection, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, or a failed abortion where an additional surgical abortion would need to be performed.

Methotrexate and/or Misoprostol

Medical abortion usually taken within 7 weeks after Last Menstrual Period
This procedure stops the growth of rapidly dividing cells. Methotrexate is taken orally or by injection and followed-up 3-7 days later with misoprostol inserted vaginally. At times, misoprostol is used on its own, requiring repeated doses. Side effects include mouth ulcers, nausea, chills, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Abortion

Surgical abortion performed 4-13 weeks after Last Menstrual Period
Later in the first trimester (up to 13 weeks), the cervix needs to be opened wider because the fetus is larger. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a plastic tube into the uterus, then connects this tube to a vacuum machine. The suction pulls apart the fetus’ body and suctions it out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped tool called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus.

Dilation and Evacuation (D & E)

Surgical procedure 13-24 weeks after Last Menstrual Period
This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing. In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion. This is done by inserting thin rods made of seaweed (called laminaria) a day or two before the abortion. Once the cervix is stretched open, the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The fetal skull is often crushed to ease removal. A loop-shaped tool called a curette is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.

Late Term Abortions

From 24 weeks after Last Menstrual Period to full-term
These procedures typically take place over 3 days, use local anesthesia, and are associated with increased risk to life and health of the mother. On the first day, under ultrasound guidance, the fetal heart is injected with a medication that stops the heart and causes the fetus to die. Also over the first two days, the cervix is gradually stretched open using laminaria. On the third day, the amniotic sac is burst and drained. The remainder of the procedure is similar to the D&E procedure described above.

To further discuss these procedures and risks, call us at 315-255-2778 or email info@auburnpcc.com.