Surgical Abortion Procedure (1st and 2nd Trimester Abortion)

Abortions are performed through 18 weeks of pregnancy, counting from the first day of the last normal period. An ultrasound is performed at your visit for accurate dating of your pregnancy. This is done right in our office, along with lab tests (a cbc, and blood typing, group and Rh).

For patients 14-18 weeks of pregnancy, after evaluation by the doctor, special medications will be administered. There is a four hour waiting period to give these medications time to work, to make the procedure safer and easier for the patient.

The procedure used for surgical abortion is vacuum aspiration. This is a relatively low-risk procedure, the safest method of abortion available today. This procedure is done under local anesthesia; nitrous oxide is also provided. IV sedation is also available for your comfort however an adult driver must accompany you to your visit. Your entire visit will take approximately three hours from start to finish. The actual abortion takes approximately 5-7 minutes; the remainder of the time will be allocated between a medical history, lab work, a conference with the doctor, your preliminary examination, the procedure itself and a period of recovery.

Prior to your departure, you will be given an antibiotic. You will also be given a sheet containing postoperative precautions and instructions. You will have a final meeting with the doctor to discuss possible birth control methods and to give you an opportunity to ask any further questions.

Finally, it is extremely important that you make an appointment to see us or your personal physician for a follow-up examination three weeks after the procedure. This is an essential final measure to make sure the procedure was complete and that there have been no complications. Your health, safety and well-being are our main concern.

Non-Surgical or Medical Abortion (RU486) | Abortion Pill

A medical abortion is a method of terminating an early pregnancy using drugs (Mifeprex and Misoprostol) instead of a surgical procedure. In order to have a medical abortion you must be 49 days (7 weeks) or less from the first day of your last normal menstrual period. An ultrasound will be performed in our office at the time of your first visit to confirm that you are early enough into the pregnancy to have a medical abortion.

You will be required to make two visits to our office over a two-week period. At your first appointment, the doctor will obtain a medical history, examine you, and an ultrasound is performed. You will also receive a Medication Guide explaining how the treatment works. If you choose a medical abortion, the first medication (Mifeprex) is given in the office. Two days later, you will take another medication (Misoprostol) that stimulates uterine contractions and promotes the expulsion of an early pregnancy.

Finally, it is essential that you return to our office two weeks after taking the initial medication for a follow-up examination and an ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy has been terminated.

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