Considering an Abortion Clinic Procedure?

If you are considering an abortion, get the answers you need to make an informed choice. Ask yourself these questions before scheduling an abortion:

  • Do you know what type of abortion you will need based on how far along you are in your pregnancy? 
  • Do you have a general idea of what the abortion procedure will cost? 
  • Do you know the physical symptoms, side effects, and risks associated with this procedure? 
  • Do you know what to expect after the abortion? 
  • Do you have support and a primary health care provider to follow up with your care after the abortion? 

Currently in Florida, abortion is no longer legal after the sixth week of pregnancy. If you think you may be more than six weeks pregnant, and are looking for options, contact us for a no-cost consultation on your pregnancy options and a free pregnancy confirmation appointment. 

While Women’s Pregnancy Solutions does not provide or refer for abortion services, we can confirm how far along you are, talk through your health history, and answer any questions you have about what to expect, risks, recovery, and more. 

Aspiration abortion and a D&E abortion are the two most common types of abortion clinic procedures. However, a D&E abortion procedure is performed after the first trimester and so is no longer a procedure available in the state of Florida. 

Suction Aspiration Abortion

A suction aspiration abortion procedure can be performed anytime after a pregnancy has been confirmed and up to 13 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. It is the most common early surgical abortion method, also known as a D&C abortion.

This procedure begins by inserting a long, thin tube into the uterus. The fetus is suctioned out with a large syringe attached to the end of the tube. A loop-shaped knife is utilized to sweep the uterus of all fetal remains.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

A D&E abortion is typically performed 13 weeks or more after a woman’s last known period (LMP). It is the most common second-trimester surgical abortion method. Local anesthesia or sedation is commonly utilized. 

At 13-24 weeks, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and must be removed with forceps and other instruments. The provider will first dilate the cervix by inserting laminaria sticks (thin rods made of sterilized seaweed) a few days before the procedure. When the cervix is ready, the fetus’ skull will be crushed, and its body will be dismembered and removed through forceps, suction, and a sharp tool known as a curette. Following the procedure, the patient may be given medication to contract the uterus and reduce bleeding.

Recovery After a Surgical Abortion

Following a surgical abortion, an ultrasound may be used to confirm that all the fetal parts have been removed. The patient is often given medication to contract the uterus and reduce bleeding.

Surgical Abortion Side Effects and Risks

There are risks to any surgery. The majority of abortion procedures are called blind procedures, which means the doctor or medical professional is relying on surgical instruments and cannot see inside the uterus. 

Side effects can include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reactions to the anesthesia 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infection
  • Emotional side effects
  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Sepsis
  • Death

Occasionally, some women need another procedure to remove parts of the fetus or pregnancy that have stayed in the womb.

Emotional Risks of Abortion

An abortion can pose emotional risks along with physical. While some women may be relieved after an abortion, others may struggle with difficult feelings. The predominant psychological consequences of abortion include:

  • Depression
  • Worrying about being able to conceive again
  • Abnormal eating behaviors 
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Nightmares
  • Guilt
  • Regret

If you have experienced negative emotional feelings as a result of abortion, know that Women’s Pregnancy Solutions is here to support you in your recovery journey.

Why Choose Women’s Pregnancy Solutions

We put you first here. An abortion is a serious decision, and you deserve a safe space to talk about what to expect, recovery, risks, and the options available to you. Make an appointment today for a free pregnancy confirmation and options consultation. We can help you determine how far along you are, inform you about the options available to you, and answer your questions. 

Because we believe that women deserve a place to learn about their options without pressure or cost involved, all our pregnancy services are available at no cost to you.


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