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Abortion Procedure FAQs

Surgical Abortion Procedure: Frequently Asked Questions:

Is having an abortion safe?

Having an abortion is safe, and very few women experience complications. Having an abortion poses fewer risks to a woman than going through pregnancy and birth.

It’s estimated that about nine out of 100,000 women in the U.S. die during pregnancy or birth, while fewer than one in 100,000 women who has an abortion does so. Complications including hemorrhage, infection, and mental health conditions are also more common among women who give birth than among those who have abortions.

Is the abortion procedure painful?

Fear of the unknown is normal – especially when considering abortion. Although each person experiences pain differently from others, most patients experience pain during most abortion procedures. We recommend surgical abortion with full sedation for your comfort and ease.

Did you know effective pain management after surgery is shown to increase healing? Studies have shown that stress caused by pain slows the body’s healing process and increases chance for illness later

Women’s Health Clinic, Inc. believes that your care during this stressful time should include our endeavor to provide you with as much comfort and ease available to our patients. We do our best to make you comfortable during an abortion procedure and we do everything we can to minimize pain and discomfort.

Will I be able to get pregnant again?

Uncomplicated, Early Term Abortions do not make you infertile. Nor do we believe that an abortion will complicate future pregnancy in most cases.

According to recent medical research, it was found that women using the abortion pill did not risk future tubal pregnancy or miscarriage in later pregnancies. Previous studies proved that surgical abortions do not increase the risks of problems in later pregnancies.

At Women’s Health Clinic, Inc., we can answer your questions and concerns about abortion, the options available to you, and fertility options for the future.

When can I have sex or intercourse after the procedure?

After an abortion, you should not have sex or intercourse until after your follow-up appointment (a minimum of three weeks after your abortion procedure). Depending on your recovery, our doctors will consult with you on when you may resume sexual activities without worry of infection or other complications.

Our abortion clinic staff believes that care does not stop when an abortion procedure is performed. The follow up is important and there is no question that is too personal or embarrassing that you shouldn’t ask. You can count on the staff of Women’s Health Clinic, Inc. to respect your privacy and answer your questions and concerns before and after an abortion procedure.

Can I drive after my abortion procedure?

You should not drive for 24 hours following a surgical procedure. Your ability to drive depends on the abortion procedure that you choose. Most patients that choose a non-surgical procedure are able to drive after their appointment. Driving while medically intoxicated is viewed the same as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. You can be arrested for all three. And you can injure or worse, kill another person on the road under the influence of all three.

If you are having Abortion Surgery you need to bring a friend, family member or significant other to drive for you.

How does the Abortion Pill Work?

The Abortion Pill has a higher rate of success for early pregnancies within 49 days or 7 weeks. Non-surgical or medical abortion is actually a program of possibly two sets of pills. The Abortion Pill or Mifeprex (Mifepristone, RU-486) blocks the hormone needed for pregnancy to continue. The second medication is Misoprostol (Cytotec) which makes the uterus contract, expelling the pregnancy similar to a miscarriage.

A chemotherapy drug called Methotrexate has been shown to be effective in terminating Ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancy means pregnancy is in the fallopian tube and not in the uterus. Please see the diagram below. Methotrexate terminates a pregnancy by blocking the production of folic acid. Then Misoprostol (Cytotec) is given which makes the uterus contract, expelling the pregnancy similar to a miscarriage.

How is First Trimester Surgical Abortion Performed?

The method for first trimester surgical abortion is called vacuum aspiration or suction curettage. Just like in a Gynecology examination you will be placed on a cushioned table. If you choose IV Sedation, the Doctor of Anesthesiology would administer the anesthesia at this time and remain by your side during the procedure. Once you are fully asleep, the Doctor places an instrument called the speculum which holds the sides of your vagina open. The speculum is also used in pap smears so it is well known to most women. A second instrument is placed to hold your cervix, which is the opening to your uterus.

The Doctor will then gradually dilate (widen) the cervix based on your stage of pregnancy. When the cervix has been appropriately dilated then the Doctor will insert a small tube called the cannula which is attached to a suction machine. The machine uses gentle suction to empty the uterus. Then the Doctor uses a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette and checks the uterine walls to make sure no tissue is left.