Abortion Procedures

Abortion
Procedures

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Whether you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, have questions about abortion, or need treatment for an STD, we are here for you.
Call us at (330) 264-5880 or make an appointment online.

There is more than one abortion procedure available. A medical abortion uses two different medications to terminate a pregnancy, while a surgical abortion requires instruments. Because these are both medical procedures, it is important that you understand what to expect. Schedule an appointment with us today for information on abortion procedures.

Medical Abortions

Abortion Pill – up to 10 Weeks LMP (last menstrual period)

The most common form of medical abortions is commonly referred to as the Abortion Pill or Mifeprex™, Mifepristone, RU-486.

In-Clinic Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions – also known as In-Clinic abortions, are performed as early as 4 – 7 weeks LMP up to 24 weeks LMP and up.   Some women in early term pregnancies before 10 weeks LMP may prefer an in-clinic surgical abortion instead of taking the abortion pill.  At an in-clinic abortion the procedure for a first-trimester pregnancy takes approximately ten minutes, whereas the abortion pill may take 24 – 48 hours depending upon the medication and your own body’s ability to expel the fetus.  It’s important to know the procedures and risks associated with each type of abortion before making your decision.

Aspiration/Suction – up to 13 Weeks LMP

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 13 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. For very early pregnancies (4 to 7 wks LMP), a thin plastic tube is inserted into the uterus.  It is then attached to a vacuum device which is used to suction out the embryo.

For later first trimester abortions, the cervix needs to be opened wider because the fetus is larger.  This is done through vaginal medications and/or laminaria to soften the cervix prior to the abortion.  During the procedure, the cervix is stretched open using dilator rods.  A plastic tube is then inserted through the cervix and into the uterus, then attached to a vacuum device.   The suction pulls apart the fetus and empties the uterus.  A curette may also be used to scrape any remaining fetal parts and/or blood clots from the uterus.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) – 13 Weeks LMP and up

The D & E method is used in second trimester pregnancies.  In this procedure, the cervix needs to be opened much wider than a first trimester abortion.  This is done by placing several laminaria sticks in the cervix for 2 to 3 days prior to the procedure.  Up to about 16 wks LMP, the procedure is identical to a later first trimester suction abortion, except that after suction is used to remove the uterine contents, remaining fetal parts are removed with forceps.   A curette may be used to remove any remaining tissue and/or blood clots from the uterus.

D & E After 16 Weeks LMP

Surgical instruments are used to pull fetal parts through the opened cervix, since they are too large to fit through the suction tubing.  Some abortion providers use lethal injections to end the baby’s life a few days before the procedure.  This is done to allow time for the bones to soften, easing removal and possibly reducing risk to the mother.  A suction machine and/or curette are used to clear remaining tissue or blood clots.

D & E After 24 Weeks LMP

Uses similar procedures after 16 weeks LMP abortion, with some variations based on the size of the baby.

The Pregnancy Care Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

Feeling Pressured?

You are the only one who can choose an option for your unplanned pregnancy. You should not allow anyone to force you into a decision. Our staff wants to support you as you explore your options.  If you’re feeling pressured by someone to have an abortion, visit the Pregnancy Care Center first.

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Feeling Pressured?

You are the only one who can choose an option for your unplanned pregnancy. You should not allow anyone to force you into a decision. Our staff wants to support you as you explore your options.  If you’re feeling pressured by someone to have an abortion, visit the Pregnancy Care Center first.

What others are saying about Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County

I absolutely loved my visit. Everyone was very nice and helpfu.l I couldn't ask for a better person for an ultrasound tech. I will definitely keep in touch with them!
Crystal W.
The staff cared and explained and answered my questions fully, I am grateful for your staff and resources.
Sarah A.
Amazing, helpful, loving people.... love going not only for the support by the awesome staff, but also for the teachings and opportunities to earn nice things for my baby while learning ways to better take care of him and be a better parent.
Alea M.

What others are saying about Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County

I absolutely loved my visit. Everyone was very nice and helpfu.l I couldn't ask for a better person for an ultrasound tech. I will definitely keep in touch with them!
Crystal W.
The staff cared and explained and answered my questions fully, I am grateful for your staff and resources.
Sarah A.
Amazing, helpful, loving people.... love going not only for the support by the awesome staff, but also for the teachings and opportunities to earn nice things for my baby while learning ways to better take care of him and be a better parent.
Alea M.

Questions & Answers

Walk-ins are welcome; however, it is best to make an appointment to minimize your office wait time, please call us at 330.264.5880, or schedule an appointment online.

Our professional medical-grade lab quality pregnancy test can determine pregnancy the first day after your first missed period. We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you might be pregnant.

After completing paperwork, you will meet with our medical professionals to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be administered. With a positive pregnancy test result, we will then confirm a living, intrauterine pregnancy via an ultrasound.

All our services are provided free of charge.

All you need is photo ID. If receiving a pregnancy test or limited ultrasound you will need to drink plenty of water to ensure you have a full bladder.

Absolutely, you can bring your boyfriend, family member or friend. We will talk with you privately first. Then provided you have given us consent to have them in the room, your guest will be able to join you.

We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention, etc.)

Call 330 264-5880  or Text 330 294-9649