Abortion Options

Our physicians will review your medical history, and an ultrasound will confirm the optimal procedure options available to you.

Below are explanations of the main abortion types. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists to discuss and determine your best option.


First Trimester

This is defined as terminating a pregnancy up until 12 weeks of gestation. The surgery generally takes between five and ten minutes. You are then taken to the recovery room where you will be observed by our nursing staff for another thirty to sixty minutes.

Second Trimester

This is defined as terminating a pregnancy from 13 to 24 weeks of gestation.
The surgery to terminate a pregnancy between 13 and 15 weeks can usually performed in one day.
For pregnancies between 16 and 22 weeks a two day procedure is required.
For pregnancies between 23 and 24 weeks a two or possibly a three day procedure is required for safety reasons.

Choices For Anesthesia During Surgery
General Anesthesia

– the patient remains asleep during the entire procedure. The patient may feel some discomfort upon awakening.

Local Anesthesia

– medication is administered to numb the cervix. During the procedure, the patient will feel some discomfort resembling menstrual cramps.

The Abortion Pill

The Abortion Pill, also known by its trade name Mifiprex (Mifepristone) and also commonly referred to as RU-486, is prescribed to terminate pregnancy up to 49 days after the beginning of the latest menstruation (as recommended by the manufacturer). There is approximately a 97% success rate.

Our physicians will review your medical history and an ultrasound will confirm that the pregnancy is early enough on to perform this procedure. You will be informed of any risks or benefits during your visit, and any question you have will be addressed at this time.

The first dose of Mifiprex/Mifepristone is administered in the office, and taken orally. The second dose (Misoprostol) is give to the patient with instructions to take home with them. Mifepristone can also be administered in smaller doses and used as an emergency contraceptive.

What to expect after:

Patients often experience abdominal pain, cramping, and vaginal bleeding or spotting for approximately 9 to 16 days. Other less-common side effects include dizziness/nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.

The Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)

Emergency contraception (EC), also known as the Morning-After Pill, is intended for use after unprotected sexual intercourse or when you believe your primary method of birth control has failed and unwanted pregnancy may result. EC contains higher doses of the same hormones as regular birth control pills (estrogens and progestins), and must be taken within 72 hours. It is usually taken in two doses, 12 hours apart. This prevents ovulation which, in turn, can prevent pregnancy. Because EC is preventative it is not considered an abortion.

Emergency Contraception is not intended for use as the primary means for birth control, and only as a back-up or in case of “emergency” as indicated by the name.


Eastside Gynecology specializes in early abortion methods. We offer the Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) which is done between 5-7 weeks of pregnancy. It is one of the least invasive procedures that we offer. The MVA is done with a mini handheld vacuum, a gentle suction. The procedure takes about 5 minutes with no electronic machinery used and no scraping involved.

You have the option to be under local anesthesia where your procedure can be done in an exam room or you can have general anesthesia and will be put to sleep for the length of the procedure. If you choose general anesthesia your procedure must be done in the Operating Room where no escorts will be permitted. No follow up or recovery time will be necessary and you will leave the office able to resume normal activities.