Abortion

Abortion

You Are Not Alone

Sometimes a pregnancy is a surprise, which can cause feelings of confusion or worry. Often, women facing unplanned pregnancies feel they have few options to choose from and no one to hear them or help them.

However, with Chester County Women’s Services by your side, you are not alone.

Every day, we talk to women like you who need a listening ear as they process their choices. Although you may feel pressure to make a quick decision regarding your pregnancy, we encourage you to take the time you need to learn the facts and fully understand your options.

Get The Information You Need

‍At CCWS, we make it easy to get the information and support you need—without lectures or judgment—so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

Pregnancy termination, or abortion, is just one of the many options available to you.

While CCWS does not perform or give referrals for abortion procedures, we are here to listen, help you understand your options, and provide unbiased support as you make your decision. Our goal is to ensure every woman, like you, feels confident to make an informed decision regarding her pregnancy following her visit with us.

To better understand the procedure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to meet with our medical team and learn fact-based, detailed information about abortion. While you are here, we can also provide a free ultrasound to verify the viability of your pregnancy.

We Are Here To Help

While CCWS does not perform or give referrals for abortion procedures, we are here to listen, help you understand your options, and provide unbiased support as you make your decision. Our goal is to ensure every woman, like you, feels confident to make an informed decision regarding her pregnancy following her visit with us.

To better understand the procedure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to meet with our medical team and learn fact-based, detailed information about abortion. While you are here, we can also provide a free ultrasound to verify the viability of your pregnancy.

Considering Abortion?

If you are experiencing an unintended pregnancy, abortion might be one option you are considering. Because there are many different types of abortion procedures, and risks associated with each, it’s important to learn about your options and receive the most up-to-date information. Our caring medical team can answer your questions in a non-judgmental manner.

What should I do first?

Your BEST first step, before having an abortion, is to have a pre-abortion screening to answer three important questions:

  • Am I really pregnant?

Did you know that one in three pregnancies do not carry to term for various reasons? The only way to determine if you are actually pregnant is through a pre-abortion ultrasound exam, which Chester County Women’s Services provides at no cost to you.

  • How far along am I?

To determine what type of procedure would be performed, you should know the estimated gestational age. This can be measured through an ultrasound exam performed by our trained medical team.

  • Could I have an STD?

Find out if you have an STD before going to the abortion clinic, because undiagnosed STDs can spread during a surgical procedure. If you have an STD such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, you are at risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID may increase your risk of future ectopic (tubal) pregnancies and may decrease your ability to get pregnant in the future.

Types of Abortion Procedures —

The type of abortion procedure available is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. There are two main types of procedures – medical and surgical.

Medical Abortion Procedures

The Abortion Pill (RU-486)
– (Within 10 weeks after Last Menstrual Period (LMP)

The Abortion Pill consists of two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, that work together to end a pregnancy.

  • The first pill blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, causing the fetus to die.
  • The second medication will cause contractions to expel the fetus. This may occur within a few hours or up to two weeks.

You should have a follow-up physical exam two weeks later to ensure the procedure was successful and that there are no immediate complications.

Possible Risks & Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Infection

What if I took the first pill and regret it?

There is still hope. Some women decide they want to continue their pregnancy after taking the first pill. The process of the abortion pill can be reversed if action is taken immediately after the first medication. Contact the Abortion Pill Reversal Network to learn more about abortion pill reversal or call us to learn what your options are in the case of a failed abortion.

Surgical Abortion Procedures

There are three types of surgical abortion procedures –

  1. Suction Aspiration
  2. Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
  3. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E).

Each of these procedures must be completed in a medical facility.

Suction Aspiration
– (6-12 weeks after LMP)

After the cervix has been injected with a local anesthetic and widened by cone-shaped rods, a long plastic tube connected to a suction device is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
– (Within 12-21 weeks after LMP)

This procedure is similar to suction aspiration, except that it uses a long, looped-shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta, and fetus away from the uterus. An instrument may then be inserted for final suctioning.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
– (Within 15-21 weeks LMP)

The D&E combines suction aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, a sedative is given, along with an injection into the cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the fetus. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of your body.

Possible Risks & Side effects
of surgical abortions:

  • Cramping, sweating or feeling faint
  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to cervix or uterus
  • Infection
  • Infertility
  • Psychological issues such as eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse

Abortion Information

We provide evidence-based information on the abortion pill and abortion procedures. Chester County Women’s Services does not provide abortions but we will take the time to review all your questions and to offer you a free second visit ultrasound to help you with your decision. Our support doesn’t end there. We’re here for you, no matter what!

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