Are you considering an abortion?
Although iCHOICE does not preform or refer for abortions, having answers to these questions will help you determine what you should do.
What are the different kinds of abortion?
Medication abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” is when you take medicines that you get from a doctor or nurse to end an early pregnancy. “Abortion pill” is the popular name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol. A doctor or nurse will give you the first pill, mifepristone, at the clinic. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone. You take the second medicine, misoprostol, 6-48 hours later, usually at home. This medicine causes cramping and very heavy bleeding to empty the uterus. The process is very similar to having a miscarriage.
In-clinic surgical abortion is done in a medical clinic by a doctor or nurse. In-clinic abortion works by using suction to take a pregnancy out of your uterus. There are two types: Suction abortion (also called vacuum aspiration) is the most common type of in-clinic surgical abortion. It’s usually used until about 14-16 weeks after your last period. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another kind of in-clinic surgical abortion procedure. It uses suction and medical tools to empty your uterus. You can get a D&E later in a pregnancy than aspiration abortion — usually if it has been 16 weeks or longer since your last period.
How effective is the abortion pill?
The process is not always effective. If it is not, you may require a second dosing of medication or an in-clinic surgical procedure to complete the abortion. To discuss the information above and any questions you may have please call us to speak with one of our registered nurses.