Abba's House Pregnancy Medical Clinic

Know For Sure Know Your Options

      In any bodily crisis, your first course of action should be a medical consultation. Abba’s House offers diagnostic services and sonograms free of charge to help provide you with all the facts before you make decisions about your pregnancy.

Before making a decision about the outcome of your pregnancy, it is beneficial and important to know the answers to the following questions:

Is my pregnancy viable?

A positive pregnancy test is not a guarantee that gestation will progress. One in five pregnancies result in a miscarriage. More often than not, miscarriage of a pregnancy occurs before 7 weeks gestation.

How far along am I?

Gestational age determines the methods of abortion that you may be eligible for. Only a sonogram can accurately determine the gestational age of a fetus.

Do I have an STD?

Having any type of abortion with an untreated STD increases a woman’s risk infection and other complications. If you do no know if you have an STD, Abba’s House can provide you with a free screening to determine your sexual health status.

What is Abortion?

The root of the term abortion is “abort”, which simply means “to stop.” However, the word abortion has become more commonly associated with induced abortion.

Induced abortion is the physical separation of mother an unborn child with the intention of ending the life of the child.

Therapeutic Abortion is the separation of mother and child prior to birth in order to save the life of the mother.

Spontaneous Abortion, commonly called miscarriage, is a naturally occurring loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks gestation. After 20 weeks, loss of a pregnancy is considered pre-term delivery. 

     Before you have any elective procedure it’s important to know for sure, and know your options. It is also important that you understand the potential impacts these procedure could have on your body and future health. Below we have compiled a list of the possible effects each method of abortion could have on you physically and emotionally. 

The Abortion Pill

Mifiprex (RU-486) is a two-visit process using two different drugs:

Mifepristone is given to the patient and taken orally during the first office visit (200 mg). It blocks progesterone from sustaining the pregnancy, and as a result, ends the life of the baby.

A Misoprostol (800 mcg) oral tablet is given 48 hours later. The misoprostol will induce contractions to expel the baby’s remains. This does not take place at the medical office and may occur within a few hours or up to two weeks after taking misoprostol.

About 7-14 days a physician will give the woman a physical exam to ensure the abortion is complete and that there are no immediate physical complications.

Risks and Side Effects

  • The procedure is unsuccessful <3.2% of the time prior to 57 days, 6.5 % from 57-63 days and 7.2% from 63-70 days gestation.
  • Major complications that require emergent care occur for about 3.7% (about 1 in 25) of the patients between 47-63 days gestation and 4.6% (about 1 in 20) of the patients between 64-70 days gestation.
  • Cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, infection and in rare cases, death.
  • The abortion pill is not recommended for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, use an intrauterine device (IUD), or are unable to return for the follow-up visit.

Abortion Pill Reversal

If you have taken the Mifiprex and our having second thoughts, it may be possible to reverse the effects of the drug. There is a 50% chance of resuming a healthy pregnancy if progesterone therapy is started within 72 hours of taking mifepristone. Please visit or call 1-877-558-0333 for details.

First Trimester Surgical Abortion

Description of procedure:

The patient lies on her back and places her feet in stirrups. A speculum is inserted to open the vagina.

The medical professional administers a local anesthetic to her cervix and a tenaculum (a slim, sharp hook and used mainly in surgery for holding organs) is used to hold the cervix in place and cone shaped rods are used to dilate the cervix.

When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula (a long plastic tube that is attached to a suction device) is inserted into the uterus to vacuum out the baby along with the placenta.

The procedure usually takes about 10-15 minutes. However, recovery may require staying at the medical facility for a few hours post-surgery.

Risks and Side Effects

  • Cramping, nausea, sweating, and feeling faint.
  • Possible heavy or prolonged bleeding, blood clots, damage to the cervix and perforation of the uterus. These side effects are less common, but still occur.
  • Infection due to remains of the baby left in the woman’s body, an STD, or bacteria being introduced to the uterus possibly causing fever, pain, abdominal tenderness, scarring, infertility and in some cases, death.

Second Trimester Surgical Abortion

Description of procedure:

Suction aspiration can be used up to 15 weeks gestation. In the second trimester a D&C procedure is usually required as well, which uses a curette (long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the baby, placenta, and the lining away from the uterus)

This procedure usually takes about 10 minutes, but the woman may need to stay in the medical office up 5 hours post-procedure.

Risks and Side Effects

  • Nausea, bleeding and cramping may occur for two weeks following the procedure
  • Infection due to remains of the baby left in the woman’s body, an STD, or bacteria being introduced to the uterus possibly causing fever, pain, abdominal tenderness, scarring, infertility and in some cases, death.

D&E: Dilation & Evacuation

Description of procedure:

This method is typically used after 15 weeks gestation.

In most cases, 24 hours before the procedure takes place, the abortion provider will insert laminaria inside the cervix to cause dilation.

Cone-shaped rods of increasing size are used to advance the dilation process once the procedure begins.

The cannula is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining. Then using a curette, the lining is scraped to remove any remnants of the baby and placenta.

If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger body parts and tissue.

The procedure typically lasts about 30 minutes.

Risks and Side Effects

The risks and side effects for a D&E are the similar to those of a D&C, but more severe. The majority of D&E procedures are performed in a hospital because of the increased risk of severe complications. Additional risks related to D&E include damage to the uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, infertility, infection, and blood clots. These side effects are rare, but still occur.

“Abortion causes a weakening of the cervix, which increases a woman’s risk of future pre-term deliveries. Two recently-published studies indicate that one induced abortion increases the risk of a subsequent preterm birth by between 25% and 27%. After two or more abortions a woman’s risk of preterm birth increases by between 51% and 62%.3,4

A 2013 Canadian study found that women who have had abortions are more than twice as likely to have a very early preterm child (26 weeks gestation). The risks were 71% higher at 28 weeks gestation and 45% higher at 32 weeks.5

Premature births carry serious health risks for the baby. Infants who are born before 37 weeks gestational age have a much lower chance of living to adulthood.6 Those that do survive have significant risk of serious disabilities, including cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment, psychological development disorders and autism.” (CompassCare)

Breast Cancer

According to recent research, abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 44%. That percentage increases to 76% and 89% for women who had two or three abortions.

Often women who consider abortion are experiencing pregnancy for the first time. It is important to note the protective effects of a woman’s first full-term pregnancy, which causes breast cells to mature, reducing the risk of breast cancer. “Among women who have given birth, an increasing number of full-term pregnancies was associated with a statistically significant decrease in the risk of breast cancer; risk was reduced by 14% for each additional birth.”(CompassCare)

STDs & Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

“The presence of Chlamydia in the cervical canal at the time of abortion in asymptomatic women increases the risk of postabortal PID.”(CompassCare)

Of patients who have a Chlamydia infection at the time of abortion, 23% will develop PID within 4 weeks.

“PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tube or elsewhere outside of the womb), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain.” (CompassCare)

Mental Health

Research suggests that women who have had abortions may be at increased risk for mental health problems.

“Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion.” (CompassCare)

Some women who have undergone an abortion report symptoms such as:

  • Regret
  • Grief
  • Sadness/Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Suicidal thoughts

These symptoms are similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you are experiencing any of these it is important that you consult a psychiatrist. Please contact Fremont Counseling at 307-856-6587 to schedule a professional evaluation of your mental health.

Abortion and STDs

Untreated STD + Abortion = Serious Health Risk

“Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) pose a serious risk to a woman’s future reproductive and overall health, especially if left untreated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the United States, 1 out of 4 women between the ages of 14 and 19 is infected with at least one STD.

Any abortion procedure (including medical abortion) opens the risk of transmitting bacteria from outside the woman’s body or from the vagina into the woman’s cervix. Women who have an untreated STD (like chlamydia or gonorrhea) are up to 23% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure.

If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, schedule a pre-termination consoling session today to help you gather all the facts before you decide. Abba’s House offers free STD testing and treatment to help you protect yourself and your future reproductive health.

Emotional Effects

As we discussed above, women who have had abortions may be at increased risk for mental health problems. If you are experiencing abnormal mood swings or feelings of grief please contact Fremont Counseling or contact the National Hotline for Abortion Recovery at 866-482-5433 or online:

Risks and side effects vary by the type of procedure you choose and how far along you are. If you are pregnant, Abba’s House can help you determine what type of abortion procedure you may be eligible for, and discuss the risks and side effects that are specifically associated with that procedure. To learn more, schedule a free pre-termination evaluation at Abba’s House today.