Surgical Abortions

If you are pregnant and considering abortion, it’s important to have all the facts. We can provide you with unbiased information about all your options, listen to your concerns and help you talk through your decision.

Before you visit an abortion clinic, request an appointment online or call us to schedule a time that works for you to meet with one of our client care staff members.

Confirm Your Pregnancy

Our medical quality pregnancy tests can detect the hCG pregnancy hormone as early as 7 days after conception or 21 to 24 days after the first day of your last period with an early morning sample. The test is more than 99% accurate.

Get An Ultrasound

Our RNs and sonographers can perform an ultrasound at no cost to you to determine if you are pregnant and exactly how far along you are.

Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

This is a surgical procedure generally used in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. Unless there are unusual problems, this procedure may be done in a doctor’s office or a clinic.

The doctor first opens (dilates) the cervix and then empties the uterus with suction. After suctioning, the doctor may scrape the walls of the uterus to make sure the unborn child, placenta, and contents of the uterus have been completely removed.

Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E)

This procedure is generally used after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The procedure will generally be done in a doctor’s office or clinic but may sometimes be done in a hospital. The doctor will often use ultrasound to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.

To prepare for the procedure, the doctor will open (dilate) the cervix. Most women experience some pain, so the doctor may give you a painkiller — either locally by shots in the area of the cervix or by a general anesthetic — or a sedative (which will leave you conscious). The uterus will be scraped, and the unborn child and placenta are removed. After 16 weeks, the unborn child and placenta are removed, piece-by-piece, using forceps or other instruments. This procedure will take less than an hour.

Possible Side Effects & Risks of a D&C and D&E

  • A hole in the uterus (uterine perforation) or other damage to the uterus.

  • Injury to the bowel or the bladder.

  • A cut or torn cervix (cervical laceration).

  • Incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus requiring an additional operation.

  • Emergency treatment for any of the above problems, including possible need to treat with an operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion.

  • Infection.

  • Complications from anesthesia such as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or drug reactions.

  • Inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from an operation.

  • A possible hysterectomy as a result of complication or injury during the procedure.

  • Hemorrhage (heavy bleeding).

  • Rarely, death.



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