Have you recently had a positive pregnancy test? For women who feel unprepared to raise a child, seeking out abortion options is typically their next step. If that’s you, this is a safe place. 

An abortion is a significant life event. Educating yourself on the details and side effects allows you to make a fully-informed choice.

Medical Abortion

For women whose pregnancy is between 1-9 weeks, medical abortion is considered an option. Medical abortions begin with a healthcare professional prescribing the abortion pill. 

The abortion pill uses the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. 

Mifepristone is taken first and starts the process by blocking hormones that stop the pregnancy from growing. 

After about 24 hours, misoprostol is given to cause strong, uterine contractions, which expel the pregnancy tissue. 

As with any medication, some women will experience adverse reactions to these drugs. Side effects that can accompany a medical abortion include nausea, fever, diarrhea, and headache.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are typically performed on women more than 9 weeks pregnant. The procedure is done in a clinic or hospital and begins by dilating the cervix. Once opened, a suction device or forceps will be used to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. 

Risks associated with surgical abortions include: feeling faint, cramping, infection, severe bleeding, perforation of the uterus, or damage to the cervix. 

Some women may also experience emotional side effects after an abortion. Such side effects include regret, anxiety, or depression. 

Taking The Right First Step

Pregnancy Care Center of New York exists to empower women’s choices. You should never feel pressured to make a decision about your body or pregnancy to please someone else. 

For further education about abortions or other alternatives, reach out to one of our friendly staff members by calling or texting (718) 667-HELP (4357). 

We provide a safe and judgment-free refuge for women to ask questions and receive the medical care they need. Let’s start rewriting your future today!

Pregnancy Care Center of New York is not an abortion provider and does not perform or refer for abortions.