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Abortion

Abortion Education

If you know that you are pregnant, remember that you have choices. At The HOPE Center, we want to help you make the right choice for your future. We do this by giving you free resources and free test results, so that you can move forward with whatever your choice may be.

We equip you with accurate information, free counseling, and resources to help make the right decisions for your life. We can help you make an informed decision! Call today for your free appointment.

If you think you may be pregnant and are considering an abortion, it is important to be tested for STDs before undergoing a procedure. If you have an STD at the time of an abortion, the risk of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is increased.

Abortion methods can vary, depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.  There are three trimesters in the development of a baby:

1st Trimester:  From 1-12 weeks of pregnancy.

The first day of your last period can give you a general idea of how far along the pregnancy may be, but an ultrasound is necessary  to confirm exactly how far along you are.  The HOPE Center can assist you with a confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound at no charge to you.

The Abortion Pill

The Abortion Pill, known as R.U. 486 can only be used in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

NOTE: This is NOT Emergency Contraception, or the Morning-After Pill.

How it works:

  1. A pill ( a drug ) is given that stops the baby from growth.  It blocks the hormones from the placenta, so that the baby will detach from the womb.  This will cause an end to the pregnancy.
  2. A second drug is given that will cause the womb to contract and expel the baby and the placenta.
  3. A follow up visit with your doctor is required to make sure that the abortion is complete, and that the woman’s body is healing correctly.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Excessive Bleeding:  A small amount of bleeding is common, but heavy bleeding may require further medical attention.
  • Incomplete Abortion:  All of the fetus or placenta was not removed during the abortion.  Further medical attention will be needed.
  • Internal Infection:  Bacteria from the vagina may enter the womb and cause an infection.  The risk of infection is increased if a woman has a current untreated STD.  Treatment may include antibiotics, surgery, or hospitalization.
  • Painful Cramps:  Severe cramping may occur.
  • Allergic Reaction to Medication
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting

The Vacuum Method

Vacuum aspiration (or suction aspiration) can be done up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

How it works:

  1. A local anesthetic is injected into the cervix, or into the opening of the womb, to alleviate surgical pain.
  2.  Often, the patient is sedated, but remains conscious (awake) during the procedure.
  3. The cervix opening is stretched with a series of dilators.
  4. A tube is inserted into the womb and is attached to a method of suction, to remove the baby and the placenta.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Excessive Bleeding:  A small amount of bleeding is common, but heavy bleeding may require further medical attention.
  • Incomplete Abortion:  All of the fetus or placenta was not removed during the abortion.  Further medical attention will be needed.
  • Internal Infection:  Bacteria from the vagina may enter the womb and cause an infection.  The risk of infection is increased if a woman has a current untreated STD.  Treatment may include antibiotics, surgery, or hospitalization.
  • Torn Cervix:  The opening of the womb may be cut or torn during the abortion procedure.  This can cause permanent weakening of the cervix.
  • Perforated Uterus:  During the abortion procedure, the wall of the uterus may be damaged by a medical instrument, which could lead to infection or excess bleeding.  Surgery may be required to repair the damaged tissue.
  • Painful Cramps:  Severe cramping may occur.
  • Emotional Consequences:  There is an increased risk of depression, suicide, and relationship challenges in some women who have had an abortion.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Method

This method can be done up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

How it works:

  1. A local anesthetic is injected into the cervix, or into the opening of the womb, to alleviate surgical pain.
  2. The patient is often sedated, but may remain conscious (awake) during the procedure.
  3. The cervix opening is stretched with a series of dilators.
  4. A spoon-like instrument (curette) is used to scrape the walls of the uterus and remove the baby and the placenta.
  5. A follow-up appointment to see the doctor is highly recommended.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Excessive Bleeding:  A small amount of bleeding is common, but heavy bleeding may require further medical attention.
  • Incomplete Abortion:  All of the fetus or placenta was not removed during the abortion.  Further medical attention will be needed.
  • Internal Infection:  Bacteria from the vagina may enter the womb and cause an infection.  The risk of infection is increased if a woman has a current untreated STD.  Treatment may include antibiotics, surgery, or hospitalization.
  • Torn Cervix:  The opening of the womb may be cut or torn during the abortion procedure.  This can cause permanent weakening of the cervix.
  • Perforated Uterus:  During the abortion procedure, the wall of the uterus may be damaged by a medical instrument, which could lead to infection or excess bleeding.  Surgery may be required to repair the damaged tissue.
  • Painful Cramps:  Severe cramping may occur.
  • Emotional Consequences:  There is an increased risk of depression, suicide, and relationship challenges in some women who have had an abortion.

After becoming pregnant, it may be difficult to know what to do.  We are here to help any woman, regardless of age, race or religion!  As a service to the community we offer free pregnancy testing, free STD testing and free resources to help you make an informed decision about your future.

Call now to make your appointment: 770-924-0864

2nd Trimester:  From 13 weeks to 28 weeks of Pregnancy

Methods of Abortion That Are Available in the 2nd Trimester:

Dilation and Curettage Abortion (D&C)

This can be done up to the 14th week of pregnancy. *See explanation, listed above.

Dilation and Evacuation Abortion

This is the method used after the 14th week of your pregnancy.

How it works:

  1. Absorbent “sponge” materials are placed into the cervix. The material becomes moist and slowly opens the cervix. The process can take several hours to open the cervix.  A second or third application of the sponge material may be necessary to complete the process.
  2. After the cervix has been dilated, medication will be given for pain and infection prevention.
  3. A local or general anesthesia will be administered.
  4. The baby and placenta are then removed from the uterus. Medical instruments such as forceps and suction curettage are used for this removal method. Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to dismember the fetus for thorough removal.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Excessive Bleeding:  A small amount of bleeding is common, but heavy bleeding may require further medical attention.
  • Incomplete Abortion:  All of the fetus or placenta was not removed during the abortion.  Further medical attention will be needed.
  • Internal Infection:  Bacteria from the vagina may enter the womb and cause an infection.  The risk of infection is increased if a woman has a current untreated STD.  Treatment may include antibiotics, surgery, or hospitalization.
  • Torn Cervix:  The opening of the womb may be cut or torn during the abortion procedure.  This can cause permanent weakening of the cervix.
  • Perforated Uterus:  During the abortion procedure, the wall of the uterus may be damaged by a medical instrument, which could lead to infection or excess bleeding.  Surgery may be required to repair the damaged tissue.
  • Painful Cramps:  Severe cramping may occur.
  • Emotional Consequences:  There is an increased risk of depression, suicide, and relationship challenges in some women who have had an abortion.

The HOPE Center does not perform or refer for abortions. We offer medically accurate information about abortion, risks, and alternatives, along with free pregnancy testing and ultrasound. We are here to help you make an informed decision that is best for you and your future.