Get the Facts!
PRC Clinic is here to help…no pressure…no cost.
Like every woman who is pregnant, you have three choices: parenting, adoption or abortion.
We have the facts to help you decide what is best for you now and later.
Chemical abortions (non-surgical)
Abortion Pill (RU-486): Up to 10* weeks after last period.
*On March 30, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration released new labeling information on the Mifeprex (mifepristone/misoprostol) medical abortion protocol. Mifeprex is now approved, in a regimen with misoprostol, to end a pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman's last menstrual period). The approved Mifeprex dosing regimen is:16
- On Day One: 200 mg of Mifeprex taken by mouth. This pill sblocks the hormones needed to sustain the embryo.
- 24 to 48 hours after taking Mifeprex: 800 mcg of misoprostol taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient
- About seven to fourteen days after taking Mifeprex: follow-up with the healthcare provider
Because of the risk of serious complications, including death, Mifeprex is only available through a restricted program that requires abortion providers to warn patients to SEEK IMMIDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION:
- Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
- Symptoms that last more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol: abdominal pain/discomfort, "feeling sick," weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever
Depending how far along you are determines the type of abortion you can have.
First Trimester Abortion: 6 -14 weeks after last period
This surgery starts like a pelvic exam, with a speculum inserted into the vagina. Then, the cervix - the opening to the uterus or womb - is opened with instruments. Next, everything inside the uterus is suctioned out with either a syringe or a suction machine. If needed, a curette (a scoop-shaped instrument) is inserted into the uterus and scraped along the walls to ensure all fetal tissue is removed.
Second Trimester Abortion: 14-24 weeks after last period
Due to the size of the pregnancy, this surgical procedure is usually a two-day process. Day 1 involves insertion of sponge-like laminaria that force the cervix open by absorbing moisture and expanding. On day 2, the laminaria are removed. If the fetus is too large to pass through an inserted suction tube, forceps may be used to remove the fetus by smaller pieces before suctioning occurs. The curette (a scoop-shaped instrument) may be used to scrape the walls to ensure no fetal parts or tissue are left behind.
Late Term Abortion: 24 weeks or more after last period
These procedures may take 2 or 3 days, depending on how long it takes to open the cervix to the desired width. A medication or saline solution is injected into the amniotic sac to stop the heart of the fetus. Medications may then be given to contract the uterus and expel the fetus. If the fetus is not expelled by the contractions, the procedure described in the Second Trimester Abortion is used.
Do you provide Plan B?
We do not provide emergency contraception (Plan B, the Morning After Pill, etc.), however, we can discuss how it works and possible side-effects of its usage.
For more information, call 239-280-5523
Every medical procedure has recovery time.
Here is what you can expect after an abortion.
There are many physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that a woman may experience after an abortion. Some symptoms occur right after but other women may experience long-term effects which may require counseling in later years.
Common physical side-effects:
There are certain symptoms that women have expressed after having an abortion. These include but are not limited to:
Bleeding - Cramping - Tenderness or pain in the abdomen
Nausea - Vomiting Diarrhea
The degree to which these occur and are considered "normal" can depend on the procedure and how far along the woman was in her pregnancy.
Possible physical complications after surgical abortions*:
Incomplete abortion - Damaged cervix - Damaged internal organs
Infections - Anesthesia complications - Scarring - Puncturing of the uterus
*Approximately 1 in 100 women having an early abortion will have complications and 1 in 50 will for late term abortions.
Possible emotional complications with abortion procedures:
Emotional complications may remain hidden for a while. Studies show that emotional and psychological side effects are more common than physical complications. Feelings of regret, anger, and even suicidal thoughts have been reported. These feelings may vary from person to person and not all women report them.
Possibilities include but are not limited to feelings of:
- Emotional "numbing"
- Self-esteem issues
- Unhealthy relationships
- Nightmares or flashbacks about the abortion
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Self-destructive behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
Because we do not perform or refer for abortions or make money from any choice you make, there is no pressure - we inform, YOU decide.
What if I have an STI (sexually transmitted infection?)
Did you know that not all abortion providers check for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) before they perform abortions? Serious complications can occur if an STI is not treated before you undergo an abortion procedure. According to the CDC it can put you at risk for an ectopic pregnancy, infertility, abscess, chronic pelvic/abdominal pain, and pain and bleeding during sex.
PRC Clinic provides FREE STI TESTING AND TREATMENT. Call us for an appointment. Your health is our priority .To discuss these options further or to schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals call PRC Clinic at 239-280-5523 or go on line to prcnaples.org to make an on-line appointment.