Before You Get an Abortion
Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you may want help verifying your pregnancy. New Hope Clinic provides laboratory-quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate and offers an ultrasound exam at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.
An ultrasound is an important next step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound exam will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus), or if you might naturally miscarry.
Before choosing an abortion clinic, you should get tested for STDs. Many women with STDs are asymptomatic and do not realize they are infected. Women who undergo a termination procedure with an untreated STD are up to 25% more likely to develop PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, future ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain.
Understanding Different Abortion Procedures
Different abortion methods are used to end pregnancy based on how far along you are. You deserve to know the facts and be fully informed. At New Hope Clinic, we take time to educate you on the different abortion methods that may be available to you. Our staff will help you understand what to expect from each type of procedure, and present documented risk factors so that you can make an informed decision.
A medical abortion, or non-surgical abortion, uses RU-486 or other types of chemicals in pill form to terminate an early pregnancy. This method of termination is used up to 49 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete.
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion, or if a medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. As the name implies, a surgical abortion is a surgical procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of procedures and methods depending on how far along you are.
Although New Hope Clinic does not provide or refer for abortions, we recommend that you schedule a free consultation appointment to discuss these procedures with our medical staff and get answers to your questions before you make your decision.