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Considering Abortion

When considering an abortion, it can feel like there’s so much to learn. Where do I start? What are the risks? How much does it cost? We know it can be tempting to rush the decision. That’s why we are committed to providing accurate and reliable information about the different types of abortion methods and other information to know before heading to an abortion clinic.

Abortion Methods

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion involves a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of the uterus. There are different types of surgical abortion methods used, depending on how far along the pregnancy is:

Manual Aspiration:
Also known as “vacuum aspiration”, this procedure involves using a small, hand-held device to gently suction out the content of the uterus. Aspiration abortion is an outpatient procedure that can be performed up to 13 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP).

Dilation and Curettage (D&C):
This procedure is performed within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. A D&C abortion involves dilating or opening the cervix and using a surgical instrument called a curette to remove the contents of the uterus. Patients are typically given local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used during a D&C. Overall, the procedure usually takes about 10-15 minutes and most patients can go home the same day.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E):
This procedure is similar to D&C but is used for pregnancies that are farther along, typically between 13-24 weeks of pregnancy. Like D&C, Dilation & Evacuation involves dilating the cervix and using medical instruments or suction to remove the contents of the uterus, however, because of the increased size of the fetus, different surgical tools are used to remove the pregnancy.

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Medical Abortion

The Abortion Pill

Medical abortion, also known as “medication abortion”, is most commonly referred to as “the abortion pill”. Like the name suggests, this abortion method involves taking medication to end a pregnancy. The abortion pill is FDA-approved up through 11 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) and involves taking two different medications to cause a miscarriage.

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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The average cost of an abortion in Michigan can range from $350 to $950, depending on factors such as stage of pregnancy and type of procedure. However, it’s important to note that this is just a general estimate and the actual cost may vary based on individual circumstances, anesthesia or appointment costs, and health insurance coverage.

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Abortion Risks & Side Effects

Like any medical procedure, both surgical and medical abortion carry some potential risks. These risks may vary depending on the type of abortion procedure you have and your overall health.

Potential Risks of Abortion

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding: Heavy or prolonged bleeding can occur after an abortion, which may require further medical attention.
  • Damage to the cervix: During an abortion, the cervix may become damaged, which could lead to issues with future pregnancies.
  • Failed abortion: In some cases, the abortion procedure may not be successful, requiring a repeat procedure or surgery.
  • Scarring of the uterine lining: In rare cases, scarring of the uterine lining can occur after an abortion, leading to complications with future pregnancies.
  • Emotional distress: It’s common for individuals to experience a range of emotions following an abortion, including sadness, guilt, and regret.
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Side Effects of Abortion

In addition to risks, there are also potential side effects that you may experience after having an abortion. These side effects can include:

  • Cramping: It’s normal to experience cramping after an abortion as your uterus contracts and returns to its normal size.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some individuals may experience nausea and vomiting following an abortion, which is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
  • Fatigue: You may feel tired or fatigued after the procedure due to the physical and emotional toll it can take on your body.
  • Headaches: Some individuals may experience headaches after an abortion, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
  • Breast tenderness: Your breasts may feel tender or swollen following an abortion due to hormonal changes in your body.

 

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If you need more information about abortion options or are unsure if it’s the right choice for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with our dedicated team at Insight Pregnancy Services. We are here to provide detailed information, answer your questions, and offer personalized guidance based on your unique circumstances.

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