WHY DO I NEED AN ULTRASOUND BEFORE AN ABORTION?
1. IS THE PREGNANCY IN YOUR UTERUS?
Occasionally, the embryo implants somewhere else. This is known as an “ectopic pregnancy.” An abortion won’t resolve this obstetric complication.
2. HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU?
This determines the types of abortion procedures that are available.
3. IS THE PREGNANCY VIABLE?
A non-viable pregnancy will end in natural miscarriage. Statistics show that 25-31% of pregnancies end in early miscarriage.
an ultrasound can answer these questions
do you want an abortion?
The first thing to consider when thinking of an abortion is that once you get one, it can't be undone. It is an irreversible decision. So it is very important that you take the time to be well informed and make a calm, clear-headed choice.
do you even need one?
It is important to make sure that you are really pregnant before electing to get an abortion. Some pregnancies result in early miscarriage, which would make an abortion unnecessary. Evany Clinic provides free medical-grade pregnancy tests followed up with an ultrasound exam in a pressure-free environment. Text, call, or come in today.
how far along are you?
The type of abortion you can receive is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. Our staff will help you determine your approximate due date after confirming that you are pregnant.
what are the risks?
Taken from the American Pregnancy Association
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS (for up to 4 weeks post-abortion)
MORE SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS
Heavy or persistent bleeding
Infection or sepsis
Damage to the cervix
Scarring of the uterine lining
Perforation of the uterus
Damage to other organs
TYPES OF ABORTION
Different abortion methods are used at different stages in pregnancy. During your appointment at Evany Clinic, one of our client advocates will provide you with medically-accurate information on each type of abortion available to you, make sure you understand what will happen to you during the abortion and present abortion risk-factors so that you can make an informed decision.
1. MEDICAL ABORTION
Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU486 or other type of abortion pill to terminate your pregnancy.
RU486, Mifepristone: (Abortion Pill)
Between 4 to 7 weeks
Mifepristone (RU486), Misoprostol, and Methotrexate are drugs used in regimens for medical termination of early pregnancies. These drugs are given by mouth or by injection. After receiving these drugs, you might experience cramping and bleeding, pass clots, tissue, and the embryo within hours or days. Some amount of bleeding is common following non-surgical abortion. This type of abortion can take up to 3 visits, and may require a surgical procedure if the abortion is incomplete.
2. SURGICAL ABORTION
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion doesn’t work, you may obtain a surgical abortion. Below are listed the most common types of surgical abortion performed in the first trimester. All women considering abortion should be tested for STDs to ensure that there are no possible complications.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration:
An abortion performed 3 -12 weeks since the last period. It is considered less invasive with only a local anesthesia.
A surgical abortion procedure used up to 16 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration.
Dilation & Evacuation / Partial Birth:
A surgical abortion procedure used after 16 weeks gestation.
Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Please contact us so that you can make an informed decision.
Please note that we do not perform or facilitate abortions at our center, so you can be sure we will never try to pressure your decision!