Before You Have an Abortion Procedure
1. Verify Your Pregnancy
Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you may want help verifying your pregnancy. Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic provides clinical pregnancy testing that is 99% accurate and offers a limited OB ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.
2. Get An Ultrasound
An ultrasound is an important next step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus) or if you might naturally miscarry.
Understanding Different Abortion Procedures
Different abortion methods are used to end pregnancy based on how far along you are. You deserve to know the facts and be fully educated. At the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic, we are not an abortion provider, but we will take time to educate you on the different methods that may be available to you so that you can make an informed decision. Make an appointment at with Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic today.
As the name implies, a surgical abortion is a surgical procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of surgical procedures and different methods (depending on how far along you are). Although not an abortion provider, Open Arms can confirm pregnancy dating and educate you on the procedure(s) at your stage in the pregnancy.
Medical Abortion or 'Abortion Pill'
The medical abortion is also known as the abortion pill or RU 486. In a medical abortion, Mifeprex is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy through 10 weeks or 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman's last menstrual period). Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits with your provider and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete. Open Arms does not provide the abortion pill but are happy to answer any questions you may have.
How Much Does Abortion Cost?
The cost for abortion depends on the type of procedure you have. In this part of the state, abortions during the first trimester (approximately 12 weeks) generally cost $300-$500 but can cost up to $1,500. Second trimester abortions range from about $450 to $3,000. Open Arms does not provide this procedure but offers education on all of your pregnancy options in order to help you with your questions and concerns. We do not profit from your reproductive choices and therefore all our services are free.
No One Can Decide for You
When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. This is your decision, and no one should decide for you. Our medical staff and patient advocates are here to help you as you evaluate your options so you are able to make a fully informed decision.
No One Can Force You
No one can force you to terminate your pregnancy, even if you are a minor. If you are a minor being forced to have an abortion against your will, give us a call for help.
Questions to Ask if Seeking an Abortion
If you are considering getting an abortion, there are a lot of questions to think about before deciding what to do.
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along in the pregnancy am I?
- Do I have an STD?
- What abortion methods can be used?
- What happens after an abortion?
- Are there other options available to me?
- What if I have already had an abortion?
Make an appointment to talk with a Patient Advocate and get answers to your questions about pregnancy and abortion.