UNDERSTAND ABORTION PROCEDURES
If you plan to visit an abortion clinic in the Annapolis, Bowie or Severna Park areas, it’s important to remember that abortion is a medical procedure. Contact the Pregnancy Clinic to make an appointment for a free, confidential, professional abortion information consultation, pregnancy test, and viability ultrasound if needed.
THE ABORTION PILL (MEDICATION ABORTION)¹
An ultrasound is an important step if you’re considering an abortion procedure. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which determines the types of abortion methods. It will also tell you if the pregnancy is viable (living) and the location of your pregnancy. This information is important as you are in the decision making process.
MORNING AFTER PILL
The morning after pill (also known as emergency contraception, Plan B, Ella, or etc.) is not the same as the Abortion Pill (or Mifeprex). The morning after pill is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It works by delaying ovulation and interfering with fertilization. The morning after pill contains a high dose of progesterone, a drug found in many birth control pills. At this high dose, progesterone may prevent a conceived pregnancy from implanting in the uterus.² If you have any questions about the morning after pill, contact the Pregnancy Clinic.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE TAKING THE MORNING AFTER PILL
What are the risks? What if I am already pregnant? What if I’ve taken it before or need it again? Am I at risk for an STD?
IS ABORTION PAINFUL?
Women who’ve had an abortion report different experiences. Some women experience minimum discomfort while others say their abortion was painful. In addition to reporting physical pain, some women also say they suffer from emotional pain following their abortion procedure. Contact the Pregnancy Clinic to talk to someone about your questions and concerns before undergoing an abortion.
To learn more about surgical abortion, contact the Pregnancy Clinic to make an appointment for a free, confidential, professional abortion information consultation, pregnancy test, and viability ultrasound if needed.
Common Types of Surgical Abortions
- Vacuum Aspiration: An abortion performed 4-13 weeks from the last period.
- Dilation & Curettage (D & C): A surgical abortion procedure used up to 16 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration.
- Dilation & Evacuation (D & E): A surgical abortion procedure used after 16 weeks gestation.
- MIFEPREX MEDICATION GUIDE. HOW SHOULD I TAKE MIFEPREX? FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WEB SITE. HTTP://WWW.FDA.GOV/DOWNLOADS/DRUGS/DRUGSAFETY/UCM088643.PDF. ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.
- FDA’S DECISION REGARDING PLAN B: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WEB SITE.
HTTPS://WWW.FDA.GOV/DRUGS/DRUGSAFETY/POSTMARKETDRUGSAFETYINFORMATIONFORPATIENTSANDPROVIDERS/UCM109795.HTM ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.
- PAUL M, LICHTENBERG S, BORGATTA L, GRIMES DA, STUBBLEFIELD PG, CREININ MD, EDS. MANAGEMENT OF UNINTENDED AND ABNORMAL PREGNANCY: COMPREHENSIVE ABORTION CARE. UK:WILEY-BLACKWELL; 2009. HTTPS://WWW.WILEY.COM/EN-US/MANAGEMENT+OF+UNINTENDED+AND+ABNORMAL+PREGNANCY%3A+COMPREHENSIVE+ABORTION+CARE+-P-9781405176965 ACCESSED SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.