Before you decide…
- How do I know that the pregnancy test result was accurate?
- What are the chances of me having a miscarriage?
- Is there a way to know for sure how far along I am?
- Should I talk to a doctor?
- Is abortion my only option?
- What should I know about abortion?
Many young women tell us abortion was the only option they considered but it didn’t turn out to be the quick fix they were looking for. Most say the relief they expected was eventually outweighed by physical, emotional and even spiritual consequences.
Collage Center is not here to tell you what to do but to help you find the answers you deserve before you decide. We can provide a free, lab-quality pregnancy test and also confirm your pregnancy through an ultrasound with one of our medical personnel. She can tell you if your pregnancy is one that will likely carry to term or not and exactly how far along you are. And if you have questions about the abortion procedures and risks, our trained medical personnel are here to help you.
Remember, you deserve to know all the facts before you decide.
Abortion Procedures: First Trimester
- RU486 (Mifepristone)
- Up to 10 weeks after Last Menstrual Period (LMP)
- Requires up to 3 office visits
- First Visit – Take pills to cause the death of the embryo
- Second Visit – If the abortion has not happened by the time 2 days have passed, a second visit is required when a second drug would be taken that would cause cramps that expel the embryo from the uterus
- Third Visit – An examination to ensure that the procedure has been completed
- Suction Aspiration
- 6 to 14 weeks after LMP
- In preparation for the procedure, the doctor will insert metal rods into the cervix in order to stretch it out. Since this may be painful, anesthesia may be administered.
- After the cervix is appropriately stretched, the doctor will insert a hard plastic tube into the uterus. This tube is connected to a machine that will create suction. The doctor will use the suction to pull the fetus’ baby apart and out of the uterus.
- This procedure is sometimes called suction curettage because the doctor may need to use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape any remaining fetal parts out of the uterus.
Abortion Procedures: Second Trimester
- Dilation and Evacuation (D & E)
- 13 to 24 weeks after LMP
- Since the fetus has grown too large to be suctioned out of the uterus, many thin rods of seaweed are inserted into the cervix a few days before the procedure to stretch the cervix appropriately.
- Forceps are used to extract the fetus from the uterus.
- It is often necessary to crush the skull of the fetus for easier removal. Just like in a suction aspiration, a curette tool may be used to scrape any remaining fetal parts out of the uterus.
- If the pregnancy is 24 weeks past LMP or more, medications are injected into the amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord or into the fetus’ heart in order to cause fetal death. Why? Because federal law requires that before being removed from the uterus, the fetus must be dead.
- Induced Abortion
- 13 to 24 weeks after LMP
- 10-24 hours in hospital & delivery unit
- This procedure starts by injecting medication into the amniotic fluid, umbilical cord or fetus’ heart before contractions are induced in order to expel the fetus and placenta from the uterus.
- Like previously stated procedures, the cervix must be softened with metal and/or seaweed rods. Pain medications are usually given to the patient throughout the procedure.
Abortion Procedures: Third Trimester
- Dilation and Extraction (D & X)
- 20 weeks after LMP up to Full-Term
- 3 day procedure
- After stretching the cervix with metal and/or seaweed rods for up to 2 days, an ultrasound on the third day allows the doctor to grasp the legs of the fetus with forceps. The fetus is pulled out of the uterus completely except for the head. Scissors are used to cut open the base of the skull.
- A suction machine removes the brain. After the skull has collapsed, the body of the fetus is completely removed from the uterus.
There is always the possibility of complications, as with any medical or surgical procedure. We highly recommend a follow-up examination with a doctor after any abortion procedure.
Please remember that if you are considering an abortion, you have the gift of time. You don’t have to make a decision TODAY no matter your circumstances.
Take a minute to check out our Abortion Safety Checklist and then contact us so you can begin to find answers to your questions. You deserve it.
Note: Collage Center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.