Abortion Information:

Procedures, Risks, & Safeguards

Confirm Pregnancy First

If you think you might be pregnant, you have many choices facing you right now, and it can be overwhelming to be faced with so much all at once. You might be considering options like abortion that you haven’t previously thought about.  

Before proceeding with an abortion, it is very important to have your pregnancy confirmed with a medical test. There are many reasons that you could have missed your period or that you are experiencing other symptoms of pregnancy. There is no need to make an abortion decision now if you have not taken a medical grade pregnancy test yet. Even if you have taken a home test, it’s wise to take a medical grade test and even an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. We can provide this for you at FCC. Call us at 864-882.8796 or walk in! 

Importance of having an ultrasound before taking the pill:

1. An ultrasound is a highly effective tool in determining if your pregnancy is viable

An abortion procedure should only be performed on women who have a viable (capable of living) pregnancy. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, where a baby dies of natural causes. There is no need to have an abortion if your baby has already passed. If you have a miscarriage, talk to your doctor. You may need to seek miscarriage care from the hospital. Ultrasounds can detect a baby’s heartbeat, which is one of the factors indicating viability.


2. Ultrasounds can detect ectopic or tubal pregnancy

 Ectopic pregnancy is a rare, but highly dangerous condition for mom and always lethal for baby. This condition always requires emergency medical care. The abortion pill does not work on ectopic pregnancies, and the symptoms of chemical abortion mimic ectopic symptoms. This means a woman with an ectopic pregnancy will delay seeking life-saving medical care because she believes her symptoms to be normal. An ultrasound can inform you if your pregnancy is normal or ectopic.

3. An ultrasound will determine how far along you are, which determines if the pill is for you 

Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. How far along you are determines what kind of gestational procedure you could have. It is extremely important to know how far along you are before taking the pill, because it becomes less effective the farther along you are. This can lead to complications, such as an incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, hemorrhage, and infection.

Abortion Procedures & Risks

1Medication Abortion (up to 10 weeks of pregnancy)

Also known as: RU-486, the Abortion Pill, Chemical Abortion

You may have heard of the abortion pill referred to by different names. Even though the terms may be different, the medication is the same. The Abortion Pill is not the same as emergency contraception (i.e. Morning After Pill, Plan B, Ella). Medical abortion is a procedure that uses medication to end a known pregnancy up to 10 weeks gestation. Some people claim that it may be used at 11, 12, even up to 15 weeks gestation, but the data shows that the effectiveness of the regimen declines and the health risks increase after 11 weeks. You should be given a physical examination from a doctor to determine whether you’re a candidate for RU-486, and you should be given an ultrasound to ensure that you really are pregnant and within the gestational dating that RU-486 can be prescribed. Unfortunately, women have been given the abortion pill when they were not even pregnant. Ordering the abortion pill online bypasses all of the safeguards that protect you from danger, such as a missed ectopic pregnancy. This is why having an ultrasound is essential if you are considering medical abortion. The potential health risks of medication abortion include: bleeding, fatal infections such as sepsis, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, and incomplete abortion. 

Ending your pregnancy through the abortion pill is a three-step process:

If you are considering a medication abortion, you deserve complete and honest information about the procedure & risks associated with it, and counseling on all other options available to you before you make a decision. You also need to know if you are truly pregnant and how far along you are with an ultrasound. Contact us today and we will provide you with all of those services, free of cost. No insurance is needed. Everything you share will be confidential and we will treat you with care and respect and without judgement. Though we do not refer or provide abortions, we’re here to help you walk you through all of your pregnancy options, explain the risks, and encourage you through any distress you may be feeling.

2First-Trimester Aspiration Abortion (up to 12-13 weeks of pregnancy) Also known as surgical abortion. 

3Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) Second or Third Trimester (roughly 13 weeks of pregnancy and onward) 

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