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.