When Can You Get a Chemical Abortion?
Chemical abortions, also known as medical abortions, are triggered by the use of medications. Although you may hear people refer to the abortion pill, there are actually two medications that are both taken to cause pregnancy termination. You’ll take the first pill at the clinic and the second at home. If you think you might want to terminate the pregnancy with medications, you’ll need to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible. There is a short window of time to get a chemical abortion.
Pregnancies less than six weeks by menstrual age may be terminated with medications. Medical abortions are highly effective. But in some cases, women still need to return to the clinic for a surgical abortion to complete the procedure. Before making the decision to have a chemical abortion, let your gynecologist know about your full health history. Women who have certain medical conditions and those who take certain medications, like blood-thinners, will need to have a surgical abortion instead.
Washington Surgi-Clinic performs safe, legal second and first trimester abortions. Women can call (202) 659-9403 to request a private, confidential consultation with one of our compassionate gynecologists in Washington, D.C.
Answers to Your Questions about Pregnancy Termination
The decision to seek an abortion or pregnancy termination is incredibly personal, stressful, and emotional. It’s important to make sure you understand your pregnancy termination options, and that your gynecologist or doctor answers all of your questions patiently, knowledgeably, and compassionately. An abortion can be performed surgically or non-surgically for up to 26 weeks after the date of your last period.
A first-trimester abortion can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A surgical abortion is performed about five weeks after the date of your last period by utilizing the suction dilatation and curettage method. A non-surgical abortion utilizes a combination of medications to induce pregnancy termination when a woman is less than six weeks pregnant. A second-trimester abortion can only be performed surgically over 1-3 visits, and is a more complex method of pregnancy termination.
If you would like more information about your options for pregnancy termination near Washington, DC , visit us at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is committed to providing you with all of the information you need, in a safe and comforting environment. To schedule a confidential appointment with a gynecologist, call us today at (202) 659-9403.
Pregnancy Termination in the First Trimester
During the first trimester, or up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, women may choose to undergo pregnancy termination with chemical or surgical abortions. If the pregnancy is less than six weeks by menstrual age, the patient may choose the chemical method. With this type of first trimester abortion, the patient takes a pill that contains mifepristone, which breaks down the uterine lining by inhibiting progesterone. After 24 to 48 hours, the patient takes misoprostol, a pill that results in the expulsion of the pregnancy in a manner similar to miscarriage. It may take a few hours to abort the pregnancy or it may take a few days. Women can expect to have a follow-up appointment with a gynecologist.
A gynecologist can perform a surgical abortion as soon as the pregnancy can be visualized on an ultrasound exam, which is usually five weeks by menstrual age or three weeks after conception. For a first trimester abortion, the gynecologist will perform suction dilatation and curettage (D&C), which involves gently suctioning out the uterine contents.
For safe, confidential, and legal pregnancy termination near Washington, D.C., you can turn to the gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Call (202) 659-9403 to arrange an appointment or visit us on the Web to read more about chemical and surgical abortions , along with our other services, which include STD testing.
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