The Abortion Pill
Mifeprex (Mifepristone) or RU-486 is prescribed as a non-surgical abortion method up to 9 weeks and 6 days after the beginning of the latest menstruation. The pill has approximately a 97% success rate. Our physicians will review your medical history and an ultrasound exam will confirm that it is early enough to perform this procedure. The dose of Mifeprex is administered in the office, and taken orally. You will be given instructions on how to take the second medication, Cytotec (Misoprostol) to take home with you.
What To Expect
Patients often experience abdominal pain, and cramping, for one to two hours and vaginal bleeding or spotting for approximately 9 to 16 days. Other less-common side effects include dizziness/nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.
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The aspiration abortion (Manual Vacuum Aspiration/MVA) is done between 5-9 weeks of pregnancy. It is one of the least invasive procedures that we offer. The MVA is done with a mini handheld vacuum, which produces gentle suction. The procedure takes about 5 minutes with no electronic machinery used, and no scraping is involved.
Minimal follow up or recovery time is necessary and you will be able leave the office able to resume normal activities.
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First Trimester Abortion
Surgical abortion is available within the first trimester 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 before being released.
Second Trimester Abortion
From 13 to 24 weeks of gestation, the second trimester abortion procedure is typically performed in one to three days.
Between 15 and 22 weeks you may require a two-day procedure.
Between 23 and 24 weeks, a two or possibly three-day procedure is often required.
As each woman is different, each case will be different. Our Board Certified Gynecologists will review your case with you, and explain what is safe and appropriate.
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Choices For Anesthesia During Surgery
General Anesthesia/Conscious Sedation
The patient remains asleep during the entire abortion procedure. The patient may feel some discomfort upon awakening, similar to menstrual cramps.
Medication is administered to numb the cervix. During the procedure, the patient will feel some discomfort resembling menstrual cramps.