Each year in the United States, millions of women find themselves facing the complex dilemma of unintended pregnancy. For women who decide not to have a baby, abortion is a safe way to end an early, first-trimester pregnancy. The compassionate team of board-certified gynecologists at Abortion Care in Somerset, New Jersey provide supportive, personalized care for women who are considering abortion. To learn more or to make an appointment, call the office today.
Finding out you’re pregnant when you aren’t planning to become a parent leaves you with three basic options: You can choose to have the baby, let another family adopt the baby, or terminate your pregnancy before you reach your second trimester.
Many women choose to terminate their pregnancy for one reason or another; in fact, approximately 30% of women in the United States have had an abortion by the time they’re 45 years old.
Reasons you may be contemplating having an abortion may include:
Although every woman has her reasons for opting to terminate a pregnancy, it’s important to remember that the decision to have an abortion is personal, and you’re the only one who can make it.
Also known as non-surgical abortion, this type of abortion uses the medications mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate a pregnancy that’s still within the first ten weeks of the first trimester, as determined by ultrasound.
These FDA-approved medicines -- collectively referred to as the “abortion pill” -- are safe and effective for ending a pregnancy in the comfort of your own home, either with a support person or by yourself.
Because a medical abortion is less effective after the first seven weeks of pregnancy, women who are 10-12 weeks pregnant, as determined by ultrasound, are typically advised to have a surgical abortion.
Also known as an in-clinic abortion, this safe and quick surgical procedure involves dilating your cervix and using gentle suction to remove a pregnancy from your uterus. It typically takes between 3-5 minutes.
A surgical abortion can be used to terminate a pregnancy that’s between 5-12 weeks gestation, as determined by an ultrasound.
The team at Abortion Care does not provide second-trimester abortions for patients whose pregnancies have already advanced past the 13-week mark.
Once you’ve decided to terminate a pregnancy, deciding which type of abortion is best for you depends on your situation.
If you’re still in the early stages of the first trimester, a medical abortion allows you to experience the process in the comfort of your own home. Even at this early stage, you may still opt for a surgical abortion if you’d rather go through the procedure with doctors and support staff by your side.
If you’re already 10-12 weeks pregnant, a surgical abortion is the safest and the most effective option.
The medical team at Abortion Care will guide you through each process, answer any questions, and address any concerns you may have. Call the Somerset office today to find out more.