First Trimester Abortion Procedures
There are different types of abortion. However, the available options in your situation will be determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. During the first trimester, you will usually have the option of having a chemical abortion or a surgical abortion. Call First Choice Georgia to schedule an appointment to find out how far along you are in your pregnancy.
The Abortion Pill (RU486, MIFEPRISTONE, MIFEPREX)
Chemical abortions are better known as the abortion pill. You can only take the abortion pill 70 days or less after your last period. Typically, this type of abortion requires four office visits. The first visit is when you will have an ultrasound. During the next two visits, you’ll receive two different drugs that cause the baby to separate from your uterus and be expelled from your body. The final visit is typically a follow up exam to make sure you are no longer pregnant and that there is no fetal tissue remaining in your uterus that can cause a dangerous infection.
The FDA warns that you should not take the abortion pill if it has been over 70 days since the first day of your last period, or if you:
- have an ectopic pregnancy,
- have problems with your adrenal glands,
- are currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy,
- have had an allergic reaction to mifepristone, misoprostol or similar drugs,
- have bleeding problems or are taking anticoagulant drugs,
- have porphyria, or
- have an IUD in place.
Aspiration Or Surgcal Abortion
During a surgical abortion, the doctor opens your cervix, the opening to your uterus, with a series of metal dilators or laminaria. During the abortion, the doctor attaches tubing to a suction machine and inserts it into your uterus.
The suction created by the vacuum pulls the baby apart and separates the placenta from the uterus. If it is necessary, a curette is used to scrape the inside of the uterus to remove any remaining fetal tissue. The parts of the baby’s body and the placenta are collected in a container and disposed of in various ways.
Call Us To Schedule An Ultrasound
Before making your choice about your pregnancy, you will need an ultrasound to determine whether you actually have a viable pregnancy or not. If you don’t, you won’t need to go through an abortion. But, you may need to see a doctor. Call us to schedule a FREE pregnancy test and ultrasound. Please understand that although our trained staff and volunteers are happy to discuss all of your options with you, we neither refer for nor perform abortions at our clinic.