Abortion Education


If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns.There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.


Abortion is not a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our clinic so that you can make an informed decision.


PRC Medical offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. However, we do not offer or refer for abortion services.


We are here to help you talk through all your options. For more information or to make an appointment please CALL us at 404-478-6551.
Methods of Abortion:

First Trimester:
 

The first trimester is the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. How far into your pregnancy you are is determined using the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).


Early Non-Surgical Abortion


1. The Abortion Pill also known as RU-486 (Can be used up to 7 weeks from LNMP)


  *Note* This is NOT the same as Emergency Contraception such Plan B or the Morning After Pill.

  • A drug is given that stops the hormones needed for the fetus to grow. This causes the placenta or attachment of the fetus to the womb to separate, ending the pregnancy.
  • A second drug is given by mouth or placed in the vagina causing the womb to contract and expel the fetus and placenta.
  • A return visit to the doctor is required for follow-up to make sure the abortion is completed.

Possible Complications:
  • - Incomplete abortion
  • - Allergic reaction to the medications
  • - Painful cramping
  • - Nausea and/or vomiting
  • - Diarrhea
  • - Fever
  • - Infection
  • - Heavy bleeding


Surgical Abortions


2. Vacuum Aspiration Abortion (Can be done up to 14 weeks after LMP)

  • A local anesthetic is applied or injected into or near the cervix, the opening to the womb, to prevent discomfort or pain.
  • Conscious sedation and/or general anesthesia are also commonly used.
  • The opening of the cervix is gradually stretched with a series of dilators. The thickest dilator used is about the width of a fountain pen.
  • A tube is inserted into the womb and is attached to a suction system to remove the fetus, placenta and membranes from the womb.

Possible Complications:
  • - Incomplete abortion
  • - Pelvic infection
  • - Heavy bleeding
  • - Torn cervix
  • - Perforated uterus


3. Dilation and Curettage Abortion (D&C) (Can be done up to 14 weeks after LMP)

  • A local anesthetic is applied or injected into or near the cervix to prevent discomfort or pain.
  • Conscious sedation and/or general anesthesia are also commonly used.
  • The opening of the cervix is gradually stretched with a series of dilators. The thickest dilator used is about the width of a fountain pen.
  • A spoon-like instrument (curette) is used to scrape the walls of the uterus to remove the fetus, placenta and membranes.
  • A follow-up appointment should be made with the doctor.

Possible Complications:
  • - Incomplete abortion requiring vacuum aspiration
  • - Pelvic infection
  • - Heavy bleeding
  • - Torn cervix
  • - Weakened cervix
  • - Perforated uterus


We are here to help you talk through all your options.  For more information or to make an appointment please CALL us at 404-478-6551.
Second Trimester:

The second trimester is the next 13 to 28 weeks of your pregnancy.


Surgical Abortions

1. Dilation and Curettage Abortion (D&C) (Can be done before 14 weeks gestation)

*See explanation of procedure above*



2. Dilation and Evacuation Abortion (D&E) (Can be done at 14 weeks gestation and after)

  • Sponge-like pieces of absorbent material are placed into the cervix. This material becomes moist and slowly opens the cervix. It remains in place for several hours or overnight. A second or third application of the sponge material may be necessary.
  • Following dilation of the cervix, medications may be given to ease pain and prevent infection.
  • After a local or general anesthesia has been administered, the fetus and placenta are removed from the uterus with medical instruments such as forceps and suction curettage. Occasionally for removal, it may be necessary to dismember the fetus.

Possible Complications:
  • - Heavy bleeding
  • - Cut or torn cervix
  • - Perforation of the wall of the uterus
  • - Weakened cervix
  • - Pelvic infection
  • - Incomplete abortion
  • - Anesthesia-related complications


All information on methods and possible complications taken from "Abortion: A Woman's Right To Know" pamphlet from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. This information can be found at http://dph.georgia.gov/womens-right-know-wrtk

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