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Understand Abortion Procedures

Different abortion methods are used during different stages of pregnancy. Before you visit an abortion clinic, make an appointment at Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center. Our staff will help you understand what you can expect from each abortion procedure and present the abortion risk factors so that you can make an informed decision.

Determine Your Abortion Options

Before any abortion can be done, you must confirm that you are pregnant and determine how long you have been pregnant. At Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center you will receive a free pregnancy test and abortion information. If you are medically eligible, a free ultrasound will date and determine the viability (health) of your pregnancy. From there our medical staff can talk to you and answer all your questions about different abortion methods.

Medical Abortion

Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU486 and other types of chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy. According to new FDA regulations this method of abortion is approved for use in women who are within 30-70 days of their last menstrual period. Medical abortion can involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion fails or is incomplete.

Surgical Abortion

As with a medical abortion, a surgical abortion will end your pregnancy. As the name implies, it is a surgical procedure which ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) with special instruments. There are different types of surgical abortion procedures—and different methods (depending on how far along you are) require different types of clinical facilities. To learn more about surgical abortion procedures, make an appointment for a free pregnancy test and consultation at Safe Harbor.

Morning After Pill

The morning after pill (also known as Plan B, Plan B One Step or Ella) is not the same as RU486 (the abortion pill). The morning after pill is emergency contraception that is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It works by delaying ovulation, interfering with fertilization and/or preventing implantation. If you have any questions about the morning after pill, contact Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center.