Your right to know
No matter what your relationship is with the father of the baby, his family, or your family, this is your choice. It might be the biggest choice of your life. It is important to get all of the information you can to be sure about your decision. Your right to choose includes your right to know.
If you think you might be pregnant, then The Women’s Clinic of Columbus can help you understand your options. Some women feel like now isn’t a good time to have a baby, or worry that they won’t be able to continue on in school. Abortion is a permanent decision, and it is a good idea to take a couple of days to get as much information as you can about all your options to make the best choice for you.
Before you start to worry, it's a good idea to make sure that you’re actually pregnant. Many women contact us because they are late for their period, but a late period is only one symptom of pregnancy. Stress, a change in diet, or a change in exercise can all have an effect on a woman’s period. To know for sure if you are pregnant, it’s always a good idea to test for pregnancy.
Most pregnancy tests are generally accurate; however, it might be a good idea to have an ultrasound. An ultrasound can tell you if your pregnancy is viable. Please know that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, so an abortion might not be necessary. Contact us and we will work with you to schedule an ultrasound and provide it at no cost to you.
Methotrexate is administered by an intramuscular injection instead of a pill. Then, a suppository of misoprostol is inserted in the vagina to trigger the expulsion of the baby from the uterus.
Surgical Procedures (first 3 months)
This is normally performed up to 12 weeks, but some abortion clinics may provide this type of abortion through 16 weeks. A health care provider will give you a shot of anesthesia to your cervix. They will then open the cervix wide enough to insert a tube into your uterus and a curette (loop shaped tool) if needed. They use the tubing to break down and suction out everything from your uterus. The curette may be needed to remove any remaining tissue and make sure that your uterus is empty. Additional sedation may be available.
Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
Similar to the suction method except for insertion of a loop shaped knife (curette) which cuts the baby apart and scrapes the pieces out through the cervix. Used at up to 14 weeks after the last period.