Abortion Options

If you are considering having an abortion – you probably have lots of questions.  Know that we are here to support you to help you make the right decision that’s best for you.

At Whole Woman’s Health, we provide 2 kinds of abortions.

One option is a medication abortion (Link to medication abortion) which is often referred to as the “abortion pill”.  A medication abortion is approved up to 10 weeks LMP (the date of your last menstrual period).  You will take medicine given by a trained provider to end an early pregnancy. You can learn more about this option by clicking here.

The second option is an in-clinic procedure.  The procedure is done by trained providers and staff at a health center.  You can learn more about this option by clicking here.

Each option is safe, effective and has its own benefits.

First trimester abortion facts:

Common QuestionIn-Clinic Abortion ProcedureMedication Abortion at Home
How does it work?A provider uses medical instruments and gentle suction to remove the pregnancy from your uterus.You take pills that end your pregnancy and make your uterus expel the pregnancy tissue (like an early miscarriage).
How well does it work?It works more than 99% of the time.8 weeks of pregnancy or less: it works about 94-98% of the time.
8-9 weeks: it works about 94-96% of the time.
9-10 weeks: it works about 91-93% of the time.
How long does the abortion take?The procedure itself usually takes about 10 minutes. The full visit usually takes a few hours. In some states, local law requires you to come to the clinic for a separate visit before the abortion. Abortions later in pregnancy may take longer and require more visits to the clinic.Your appointment at the health center will take a few hours. Then you will be given the pills. You take 2 different medicines, up to 2 days apart. Most of the time the abortion is over within 24 hours after you take the second set of pills. You’ll have a follow up visit to make sure the pills worked. In some states, local law requires you to come to the clinic for a separate visit before the abortion.

If you have passed your first trimester and you need an abortion, you can learn about your in-clinic abortion options here.