The overall health and wellbeing of both mother and child are important to us. For this reason, New Direction does not perform or refer for abortions.
Thinking About Abortion?
It is important to be aware of the health implications and risks associated with an abortion. First, there two types of abortion: medical (the abortion pill) and surgical. The type of abortion you are eligible for depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you have any questions regarding abortion, the staff at New Direction Women’s Center is here to provide you with answers.
Your First Step
Before pursuing an abortion, it is important to have your pregnancy confirmed. This can be done through a free ultrasound at our center. Should your pregnancy be confirmed and you are still considering an abortion, our staff can help you understand more about each abortion procedure.
Different Types of Abortions
Most commonly referred to as the “morning-after pill,” Plan B is a high-dosage birth control pill which can be taken up to 72 hours after sex*. Plan B terminates a pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released, thereby preventing the egg from implanting in the uterus. Side effects of Plan B include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.
RU 486 is a set of two pills. The first cuts off blood flow to the embryo, while the second induces labor. The latter pill causes severe cramping, as well as heavy bleeding, nausea and vomiting*. Even after taking both pills, some women still need to have a surgical abortion performed to ensure that the uterus is empty.
The most common type of surgical abortion is the vacuum procedure. In this procedure, a syringe or vacuum is used to suck the contents of the pregnancy from the uterine wall. Side effects from this procedure may include cramping, nausea, sweating, and fainting.
Another type of surgical abortion is the dilation and evacuation procedure, which combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. In this procedure, a sedative is given while forceps are used to remove sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus.
To learn more in-depth about the different procedures, make your free and confidential appointment at New Direction Women’s Center today!