No matter which decision you make, it will affect the rest of your life. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. Take the time you need to be fully informed before you decide. We offer all the information you need about each abortion procedure to make an informaed choice. We also offer free limited OB ultrasounds to help you decide. Call or text 715-843-4673 to make an appointment or get more information.
Hope Life Center does not recommend or refer for abortion.
GET THE FACTS
If you are considering abortion, we can offer you a factual, medically accurate education so you can make an informed choice. Prior to having an abortion, it is critical to know how long you have been pregnant and to have the viability of your pregnancy confirmed. As with any medical or surgical procedure, finding out how it is done, the risks and side effects is essential.
Early Non-Surgical (Medical) Abortion
This procedure is used up to 9 weeks of pregnancy. A drug is given to stop the development of the pregnancy. A second drug is given by mouth or placed in the vagina, causing the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. After receiving these drugs, women might experience cramping of the uterus, pelvic pain or bleeding, and pass clots and tissue within hours or days. A follow-up visit is necessary 12-18- days after the drug is administered.
This type of abortion is done before 14 weeks of pregnancy. Different kinds of pain control can be used, as decided by the patient and her doctor. After pain medication has been given, the opening of the cervix is gradually stretched. This is done by the insertion of a series of metal dilators, each one thicker than the previous one, into the opening of the cervix. After the opening is stretched, a clear plastic tube is inserted into the uterus and attached to a suction system. The pregnancy is then removed. After the suction tube has been removed, a spoon-like instrument called a curette may be used to gently scrape the walls of the uterus to be sure it has been completely emptied of the pregnancy.
Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E)
This type of abortion is usually done after 14 weeks of pregnancy. The D&E procedure requires more dilation (opening) of the cervix, so it is done in two steps, first dilating the cervix, then removing the pregnancy from the uterus. Dilating the cervix can be done either by placing small sticks of laminaria, into the cervix or by placing a medication into the vagina to soften the cervix. They will remain in place several hours or overnight. Occasionally, a second or third application of laminaria may be necessary. Once the cervix has been adequately prepared, requiring from a few hours to a few days, pain medication is provided and the pregnancy is removed from the uterus using medical instruments such as forceps and vacuum.
MORNING AFTER PILL
Before Taking the Morning After Pill
If you've recently had unprotected sex, you may be afraid of an unwanted pregnancy. Before you take the morning after pill, be sure you understand what it is, how it works and how it may affect you. Make an appointment to talk with us. We provide free services to help you understand your options when facing an unwanted pregnancy.
The morning after pill, sold over the counter as Plan B One Step® and Next Choice, is intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It may work on rare occasions to prevent the embryo from implanting in the uterus. But there are many factors to consider.
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