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We provide diagnostic services and evidence based medical education to aid you in your abortion or pregnancy decisions. In order to know which type of abortion you are eligible for, you should have an ultrasound exam to confirm viability and determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. This will determine the type and cost of your abortion.  ABC Women’s Clinic does not benefit financially from any choice.  We do not perform abortion or place children for adoption.  We do provide valuable and important pre-termination education if you are considering abortion.  We inform, you decide.

Abortion Q&A

What are the most common types of abortions?
The most common types of abortion are RU-486 (the abortion pill), suction/vacuum aspiration, and dilation & curettage/evacuation.
What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 10 weeks pregnant?
You are eligible for RU-486: Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, commonly called the abortion pill. Mifepristone is given orally during your first office visit. Mifepristone blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, causing the fetus to die. This may cause contractions to expel the fetus.Misoprostol tablets are given orally or inserted vaginally during the second office visit which occurs 36 to 48 hours later.You will return home where the misoprostol will start contractions and expel the fetus. This may occur within a few hours or in some cases up to two weeks after taking the misoprostol. A physical exam is given two weeks later to ensure the abortion was complete and that there are no immediate complications.
Are there any possible side effects from taking the abortion pill?
  • The procedure is unsuccessful approximately 8-10% of the time, thus requiring an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, or use an intrauterine device (IUD)
What does fetal development look like at 5-9 weeks?
  • Heart begins to beat, brain and spinal cord develop
  • Hands and feet are forming
  • Every essential organ has begun to form
  • Bones begin to form, muscles can contract

Medical citation: www.americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/medicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-care/PR00112
What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 12 weeks pregnant?
You are eligible for Suction Aspiration or Vacuum Aspiration. A patient will lie on her back with feet in stirrups and a speculum is inserted to open the vagina. A local anesthetic is administered to her cervix. Then, a tenaculum [a slender sharp pointed hook attached to a handle, and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts] is used to hold the cervix in place for the cervix to be dilated by cone shaped rods. When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula, which is a long plastic tube connected to a suction device, is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta. The procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but recovery may require staying at the clinic for a few hours.
Are there any possible side effects from a suction or vacuum aspiration abortion?
  • Nausea & cramping
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint
  • Less frequent side effects include:
  • Possible heavy or prolong bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Infection due to retained products of conception or infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scarring.
What does Fetal Development look like at 9-13 weeks?
  • Genitals have formed
  • Baby can make a fist
  • Buds for baby teeth appear

Medical citation: americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/surgicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: mayoclinic.com/health/fetal-development/PR00113
What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 15 weeks pregnant?
You are eligible for D&C: Dilation & Curettage. Dilation and curettage is similar to suction aspiration, except that it uses a curette: a long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta and fetus away from the uterus. A cannula may be inserted for a final suctioning. This procedure usually lasts 10 minutes with a possible stay of 5 hours.
What does Fetal Development look like at 14-16 weeks?
  • Fingerprints have developed & baby begins sucking
  • Patient can feel baby start to move (fluttering)
What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 21 weeks pregnant?
You are eligible for D&E: Dilation & Evacuation. In most cases, 24 hours prior to the actual procedure, the abortion provider will insert laminaria or a synthetic dilator inside the patient’s cervix. Cone-shaped rods of increasing size are used to continue the dilation process. The cannula is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining. Then using a curette, the lining is scraped to remove any residuals. If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger parts. The procedure normally takes about 30 minutes and is usually performed in a hospital setting because of the greater risk for complications.
Are there any possible side effects from a dilation & evacuation abortion?
  • Bleeding, nausea and cramping may occur for two weeks following the procedure. Infection due to retained products of conception or infection caused by an STD or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scarring.
  • Although rare, damage to uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, and blood clots are additional risks related to dilation and evacuation.
What does Fetal Development look like at 17-20 weeks?
  • Nails growing on fingers and toes & eyebrows and eyelashes grow
  • Patient feels baby’s movements more strongly

Medical citation: americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/surgicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: mayoclinic.com/health/fetal-development/PR00114
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a stress reaction experienced after having an abortion.
Who gets Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and what are some of the possible symptoms?
PTSD Symptoms (including percentage of women who experience them after having an abortion):
  • Guilt (61%)
  • Anger (45%)
  • Remorse (45%)
  • Depression (53%)
  • Suicidal Thoughts (32%)
  • Suicide Attempts (28%)
  • Flashbacks to Abortion (28%)
What are some of the factors that determine if a woman will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
  • A crisis situation surrounding her pregnancy and/or urgency she feels when making the decision to have an abortion
  • Absence of a support system
  • Obligation to keep her pregnancy a secret
  • Denial about recognizing and resolving her sense of loss
All information cited here was obtained from The Elliot Institute
P.O. Box 7348 Springfield, IL 62791

Resources: abortion.procon.org/#Background www.webmd.com/women/tc/abortion-topic-overview