Abortion

You may have heard a lot of talk about “Choices” or “Rights” but did you know that no one can force or pressure you in to having an abortion? Or that abortion is not just a simple medical procedure?

There are several kinds of abortions.  Before you consider having an abortion, you should know what will be done and know what questions to ask.

Chemical or medication abortions (sometimes called the abortion pill) can only be used in certain circumstances and usually require three office visits.  Even when this FDA-approved procedure is used, it is not without the following risks:  excessive bleeding, infection, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, failed abortion, or fetal malformations with the continuation of pregnancy.

The most common types of abortion require surgery.  Surgical abortions are typically performed during the 1st & 2nd trimesters of pregnancy.  When a 1st trimester suction abortion is performed, a long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus which is attached to a suction device & the embryo is suctioned out.  Abortions performed during the 2nd trimester are often called Dilation & Curettage or Dilation & Evacuation procedures.  With these procedures, the cervix must first be opened & thinned out.  This is typically done by inserting rods and/or medication into the cervix.  After the cervix is stretched open & the uterine contents suctioned out, any remaining fetal parts are removed with a grasping tool or curette, a scoop-shaped surgical instrument for removing tissue from body cavities.  The use of this sharp surgical instrument carries the additional risk of unintended laceration (the cutting of internal organs such as the bowel) as well as the risks of infection or hemorrhage (excessive bleeding).

Although we do not perform or refer for abortions, we have nurses available to answer your questions and discuss your options.  Surgery is serious and you do have choices and rights!  We can help.  

Request an appointment online to discuss your options or call (830) 303-2151.