Abortion Information

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Things You Should Know
Before You Make An Abortion Decision

If you are considering abortion, there is important information you should know before making an appointment with an abortion clinic. Our team at Community Pregnancy Clinics is happy to share the facts about abortion methods, costs and risks with you so that you can make your decision with confidence.

Three Things You Should Know Before Visiting an Abortion Clinic

If you’ve recently received a positive pregnancy test at home or are experiencing pregnancy symptoms and think you could be pregnant, there are three important things you should know before making any decisions about your unplanned pregnancy:

1.  KNOW you are pregnant – confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound

2.  KNOW how far along you are in your pregnancy and whether or not your pregnancy is viable – an ultrasound will help to confirm these details, which will help you better understand what options are available to you

3.  KNOW if you are STD free – if you are STD free – for your own health and the health of the baby, it’s important to be tested and (if needed) treated for STDs

Why do I need an ultrasound?

Determine that your pregnancy is viable

About 20% of pregnancies are not viable. This means something didn’t go exactly right and the pregnancy will likely end on its own. A positive pregnancy test cannot confirm that you are actually pregnant. The only way to medically confirm a viable pregnancy is by having a pregnancy ultrasound. There are several reasons why a pregnancy may not be viable. Our medical staff will take the time to answer all of the questions you may have during your free ultrasound appointment.

Learn how far along you are in your pregnancy

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you need to find out exactly how far along you are in order to help you determine what options are available to you.

Whether you are considering an abortion procedure, parenting, or adoption, there are different abortion methods, costs, and other medical issues that vary based on how far the pregnancy has progressed. The only accurate way to find out exactly how far along you are is by having an ultrasound exam and to get measurements of the baby.

If you decide to proceed with an abortion procedure, some abortion clinics may require you to have a pre- abortion ultrasound completed before they will provide any abortion services. 

Community Pregnancy Clinics offers free pregnancy ultrasounds (no insurance required).

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If you are pregnant, you need to be tested for STDs.

It is important that you are tested and, if necessary, treated for STDs. If you have a termination procedure and have Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, your risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) increases by 25%.

About 50% of the time Chlamydia and Gonorrhea have no symptoms, so even if you feel well, you should still get tested. If you are considering parenting or adoption, there are at least 8 STDs that can dramatically affect your baby’s development when left untreated.

Abortion Methods

There are a few different abortion methods and which ones are available to you will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Medical Abortion

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion or chemical abortion, is available during early pregnancy (10 weeks or before). This abortion method consists of 2 different medications that are taken separately. The first pill works to stop the pregnancy from progressing, while the second pill causes cramping, which helps to expel the pregnancy tissues from the uterus. The abortion pill requires a prescription from a licensed medical facility or abortion clinic.

Abortion Pill Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
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Surgical Abortion

Aspiration (Surgical Abortion)

Aspiration is a surgical abortion method that is available between weeks 6 and 12 of pregnancy. For this procedure, a tube is inserted into the cervix and vacuum suction is used to remove the contents of the uterus. Surgical abortions are performed by a licensed physician at a medical facility or abortion clinic.

Dilation & Evacuation (Surgical Abortion)

Dilation & Evacuation (commonly referred to as D&E) is a complex surgical abortion procedure that is performed later on in the pregnancy when the fetus is larger (13 weeks of pregnancy and beyond). D&E is very similar to aspiration, however different surgical tools are used to remove the fetus due to its increased size. The fetus may be removed in pieces or intact.

Side Effects of Surgical Abortion:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Nausea and/or vomiting


More serious long term side effects of surgical abortion can include:

  • Uterine lining or cervix damage
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Increased risk of some types of cancers
  • Perforation of the uterus

It is important you do not procure a chemical abortion or take the abortion pills without first having an ultrasound to verify viability and gestational age.

Risk of taking Chemical Abortion Pills Without Having an Ultrasound:

  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Incomplete Abortion
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhaging


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