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Are You Considering Abortion?

If you are considering abortion as an option for your unintended pregnancy, we believe you deserve to have the necessary information to make an informed decision. Abortion is a serious medical decision that can have a lifelong impact. How much do you know about abortion procedures, side effects, and risks? You owe it to yourself to understand the details.

Why Choose Abortion?

Abortion might seem like the easiest and quickest option for your current situation. But, getting all the facts and exploring all your options so you can make an empowered decision is something you’ll never regret.

Many women experience initial relief, but months and even years later some struggle with their decision. If this is you, please contact us. We have trained, experienced, compassionate people who are ready to help you.

Have You Had A Pre-Abortion Screening?

Your first step before choosing abortion is to have a pre-abortion screening. Here are three important questions you need answered, “Am I really pregnant?” “How far along am I?” and “Is it located in the right place?”

Come to Alternatives Laurel Highlands Pregnancy Center for your free pre-abortion screening. We’ll get you the answers you need. Contact us and schedule yours today.

What Are the Types Of Abortion?

There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. How far along you are in your pregnancy determines what type of abortion method will be used.

Medical Abortion

You qualify for a medical abortion if you are no farther than 10 weeks and 0 days into your pregnancy. You’ll find out how long you’ve been pregnant in your free pre-abortion screening.

The abortion pill is the most common medical abortion method. Interestingly, it isn’t just one pill, and you’re done. It’s two powerful drugs taken over a 24 – 48 hours timeframe.


Pregnancies need a hormone called progesterone to grow and thrive. The first drug you take in a medical abortion blocks your uterus from absorbing progesterone. As a result, the fetus can no longer stay implanted. The second drug causes your body to contract to expel the fetus.

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the side effects you’ll most likely experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

These are the potential risks:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Possible emotional and psychological issues

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are completed in a medical facility. The farther you are in your pregnancy, the more invasive the methods become. There are several different surgical abortion procedures each using a form of suction aspiration. Dilation & Curettage (D&C) and Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) also use surgical instruments to scrape the inside of the uterus. A D & E uses forceps to remove the fetus because of its size.

The Mayo Clinic lists these as side effects and possible risks:

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection
  • Bleeding that’s heavy enough that you need to change pads every hour
  • Fever
  • Cramps lasting more than 48 hours
  • Pain that gets worse instead of better
  • Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina

First Things First

Before you make an appointment for an abortion, contact us to schedule your free pre-abortion screening with Alternatives Laurel Highlands Pregnancy Center.


If you have already taken the first dose of mifepristone (also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill) and are having second thoughts, you may still have time to reverse the pill’s effects.

It may be helpful to speak with a medical professional who can direct you to a provider near you who can help you start treatment, if this is your choice.


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