Abortion Education

If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice.

We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Methods of Abortions

RU486, Mifeprex: (Abortion Pill)

Mifeprex is now approved, in a regimen with misoprostol, to end a pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period)

  1. On Day One: 200 mg of Mifeprex taken by mouth.
  2. 24 to 48 hours after taking Mifeprex: 800 mcg of misoprostol taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient.
  3. About seven to fourteen days after taking Mifeprex: follow up with the healthcare provider to make sure the abortion is complete and to check for complications.
  4. Because of the risk of serious complications, Mifeprex is only available through a restricted program. This program requires abortion providers to warn patients about the risks and what to do if complications happen. Women who have taken Mifeprex should seek immediate medical care for:
  • Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting.
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever) for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration

Up to 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

Suction Curettage

Between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the “products of conception.”).

Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotion and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision.

Our center offers peer counseling and accurate education concerning all your pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion.

STD's & STI's

Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are common. Some can be cured. Some cannot. Many have lifelong effects.

HPV

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the primary cause of cervical cancer.

At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women aquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms; therefore, most infected people are unaware they are infected, yet they can transmit the virus to a sex partner.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection.

Gonorrhea

In women, symptoms of Gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.

There are still over 1 million people living with HIV in the United States. About one-fourth of those have not yet been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.

Sex is a big deal. Know the facts. Make informed decisions. Respect yourself.

Source: Medical Institute (www.medinstitute.org)

Emergency Contraception

The Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception, commonly called the “morning after pill,” is a series of high dose birth control pills taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. The pills may

  1. Prevent the release of the egg from the ovary
  2. Prevent the fertilization of the egg
  3. Prevent the fertilized egg from implanting on the wall of the uterus.

Depending on the kind of medication administered, there is between a 75-89% chance of preventing pregnancy with the use of ECPs. Side effects of ECPs may include nausea (in 1/2 of women), vomiting (1/3 of women), breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, fluid retention, dizziness and headaches.

The danger signals to watch for after taking the pill are:

  • chest or arm pain
  • shortness of breath or coughing
  • swelling or pain in the legs
  • severe headaches, dizziness, weakness, numbness in any part of your body
  • blurry or double vision
  • severe depression

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

For use within 5 days of unprotected sex.

A second form of emergency contraception involves the insertion of an Intrauterine Device (IUD). The IUD is designed to prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg and is effective up to 99% of the time. Once inserted, an IUD can be used for up to 10 years as a form of contraception.

IUDs are not recommended for women who are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases because insertion of the IUD can lead to pelvic infection, increasing the chances of STD transmission.

Lower abdominal cramping can be expected during or just after insertion of an IUD. Other side effects may include dizziness and, rarely, fainting. If left in place, IUDs can cause irregular periods and more cramping with periods. IUDs offer no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

Important Facts

Before you make any decisions, you need to determine if you really are pregnant.

You need to know some facts: 

20% of positive pregnancy tests are not viable intrauterine pregnancies. In fact, many women have had abortions when they weren’t actually pregnant at the time.

A urine pregnancy test detects elevated HcG, a hormone which increases rapidly in early pregnancy. These levels decline slowly after the demise of a fetus and can still be detected several weeks after fetal death, resulting in a positive test result.

A pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic) can cause elevated HcG levels, which result in a positive test. In addition, you should obtain medical treatment immediately upon discovery of an ectopic pregnancy!

An ultrasound exam is the only 100% accurate way to determine pregnancy.

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