Before moving forward, what do you know about abortion? Do you know what to expect? Your other options? Our trained staff and volunteers can discuss all of that with you from a medical and personal perspective in a safe and judgement-free environment.
Common Abortion Procedures in Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C.:
- Abortion Pill / Mifeprex / Mifepristone (RU-486)
- Suction Dilation and Curettage (Suction D&C)
- Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
- Dilation and Extraction (D&X) / Intact Dilation and Extraction (IDE)
Medication termination (also called the abortion pill) can be taken up to 10 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP). The pill (two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol) is taken in two doses, one typically at a doctor’s office and the other at home.
There are several types of surgical terminations: Aspiration/Suction, also called suction curettage, or vacuum aspiration abortion, is performed up to 13 weeks LMP. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to suction device which pulls the embryo out.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another type of procedure typically done in later weeks (13 weeks LMP and up). Most second trimester abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia or other pain medications and sedation are commonly used.
Both types have risks and side-effects; they greatly vary based on your gestation and health.
Abortion Pill Reversal
If you have taken the first pill, but regret your decision, there is an abortion pill reversal. The first drug in the Abortion Pill Protocol is called mifepristone. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which is needed to sustain a growing pregnancy. A new protocol, known as the Abortion Pill Reversal, has been developed that uses natural progesterone to reverse the abortion and rescue the pregnancy. Recent studies have shown a success rate above 60% if the progesterone is started within 72 hours of taking the first abortion pill. It may not be too late. For more information and to find a participating medical professional, call 877-558-0333 or visit: the abortionpillreversal.com website.
We offer judgement-free and confidential counseling to discuss what is involved with each of these procedures. Let us help you feel confident and educated as you make this decision.
Side Effects of Abortion
Some physical side effects of the abortion pill include: bleeding, infection, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, failed abortion, and risk of fetal malformations.*
Immediate physical risks of early and late surgical abortions include: heavy bleeding, incomplete abortion, infection, organ damage, and anesthesia complications.*
Emotionally, there is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in long-term emotional, physical, and mental health. In line with the best available evidence, women should be informed that abortion significantly increases risk for:**
Clinical depression and anxiety**
Drug and alcohol abuse**
Symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)**
Suicidal thoughts and behavior**
*CareNet. (2020). Methods of Early Abortion & Immediate Risks (p.18). Before You Decide.
***CareNet. (2020). Could Abortion Affect Me Later? (p.21). Before You Decide.