Liberty Women’s Clinic healthcare professionals will help you understand what you can expect from each abortion procedure, associated risk factors, and provide a list of questions you should ask any abortion clinic before undergoing a procedure. Make an appointment today to meet with one of our caring nurses before making the trip to an abortion clinic.
Our clinic does not perform or refer for abortions, but our staff can provide a safe and confidential place to assist you in acquiring medically-accurate information as you make an informed choice. If you are considering aborting your pregnancy, take the steps to get the medically-accurate information you need:
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According to the Department of Health and Human Services, having an untreated STI such as gonorrhea or chlamydia can increase a woman’s risk of pelvic infection after abortions (DHHS, 2018). Before scheduling a procedure make sure you confirm your pregnancy through a medical-grade hCG urine test, receive a limited ultrasound to determine pregnancy development, and are tested for any infections that may affect your health.
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Chemical abortion is a medical procedure that takes place prior to the tenth week of pregnancy. It's commonly referred to as "the abortion pill," though it's actually a series of two pills; one is taken at the medical clinic and the second is taken at home. It's also known as RU-486.
The first pill, mifepristone, causes fetal demise by blocking your body's production of progesterone, which the fetus needs to survive.
The second pill, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours after the first pill. It causes cramping so your body can expel the pregnancy. This happens at home, not at the doctor's office or hospital. It can be very painful and side effects may include heavy bleeding, nausea, cramping, and vomiting.
Contact your doctor if symptoms continue after two weeks.
- An at-home or self-managed abortion might seem like a good option. However, there are many side effects and risks to this type of medication, and it is dangerous for you to take it at home alone. The FDA has issued a black box warning against purchasing this medication over the internet because you will bypass safeguards meant to protect you.
- An abortion at home, or any abortion, can carry great risk. It’s important to get an ultrasound to verify gestational age and make sure your pregnancy is in your uterus. Contact us to schedule a free nurse consultation to discuss your options.
If you are ten weeks or more into your pregnancy, you will need a surgical abortion. Depending on exactly how far along you are, there are different procedures available.
Some procedures may involve an injection to ensure fetal demise, and the insertion of a dilator to cause your cervix to expand. For an earlier abortion, a suction tube is used to empty your uterus of the pregnancy.
There are potentially serious side effects that result from abortion. They can be mental, emotional, or physical, and they vary in intensity in each person. It's not uncommon to experience regret, guilt, and grief after an abortion.
If you've had an abortion and are struggling as a result, we're here for you. We will listen to your experience and can connect you to local, confidential recovery groups like If Not For Grace. You aren't alone, and you can find healing and hope.
We offer consultations and information about all of your pregnancy options. We do not provide or make referrals for abortions.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.