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Abortion Types & Procedures West End, PA

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Abortion Types & Procedures West End, PA

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Abortion Types and Procedures Near West End, PA

There are two main types of abortion in the United States:

Medical Abortions West End, PA

Medical abortions use drugs or chemicals, instead of surgical instruments, to end a pregnancy. Early Medical Abortion – Up to 10 weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP) “The Abortion Pill” (mifepristone plus misoprostol) is the most common form of medical abortion. It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in women up to 10 weeks after LMP.1 It is even used beyond 10 weeks LMP, despite an increasing failure rate.2, 3, 4 It is done by taking a series of pills that disrupt the embryo’s attachment to the uterus, and cause uterine cramps which push the embryo out.5 Things to consider:6

  • Bleeding can be heavy and lasts an average of 9-16 days.
  • One woman in 100 need a surgical scraping to stop the bleeding.
  • Pregnancies sometimes fail to abort, and this risk increases as pregnancy advances.
  • For pregnancies 8 weeks LMP and beyond, identifiable parts may be seen.7
  • By 10 weeks LMP, the developing baby is over one inch in length with clearly recognizable arms, legs, hands, and feet.8

Did you know that you may be able to reverse a medical abortion that has already begun? Click here to find out more. 

Surgical Abortions West End, PA

Surgical abortions are done by opening the cervix and passing instruments into the uterus to suction, grasp, pull, and scrape the pregnancy out. The exact procedure is determined by the baby’s level of growth.

Aspiration/Suction9 – Up to 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically offered to reduce pain. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to suction device which pulls the embryo out.

Dilation and Evacuation9, 10 (D&E) – 13 weeks LMP and up. Most second trimester abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia, oral, or intravenous pain medications and sedation are commonly used. Besides the need to open the cervix much wider, the main difference between this procedure and a first trimester abortion is the use of forceps to grasp fetal parts and remove the baby in pieces. D&E is associated with a much higher risk of complications compared to a first trimester surgical abortion.

D&E After Viability9, 10– 24 weeks LMP and up. This procedure typically takes 2–3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. General anesthesia is usually recommended, if available. Drugs may be injected into the fetus or the amniotic fluid to stop the baby’s heart before starting the procedure. The cervix is opened wide, the amniotic sac is broken, and forceps are used to dismember the fetus. The “Intact D&E” pulls the fetus out legs first, then crushes the skull in order to remove the fetus in one piece.

1U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information. Retrieved April 8, 2016, from

2Raymond, E. G., Shannon, C., Weaver, M. A., & Winikoff, B. (2013). First-trimester medical abortion with mifepristone 200 mg and misoprostol: a systematic review.Contraception, 26-37. Retrieved from

3Chen, Q. (2011). Mifepristone in combination with prostaglandins for termination of 10–16 weeks’ gestation: a systematic review. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 159, 247–254.85.

4Chen, M. J., & Creinin, M. D. (2015). Mifepristone With Buccal Misoprostol for Medical Abortion. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 126(1), 12-21. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000000897

5U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information. Retrieved April 8, 2016, from

6U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March). Mifeprex label information. Retrieved from

7The Endowment for Human Development. (2006). The Rapidly Growing Brain. Retrieved from

8The Endowment for Human Development. (2006). Right- and Left-Handedness. Retrieved from

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Frequently Asked Questions

To find out which option is best for you, it is important to know your LMP and to confirm with an ultrasound. Make an appointment today for a Full Pregnancy Evaluation.

The process takes several days and is most likely completed at home. You deserve to get the best information about your body and how it will be affected.

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In Pennsylvania, there are restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion. See Abortion In PA.

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Your friend, partner or close family members are welcome. Men are welcomed. Because of some restrictions, please bring no more than one person unless other arrangements are made with our staff.

For the confidentiality of others, we’ll ask that you refrain from using cell phones during your visit.

WCN does not provide abortions or abortion referrals.

You probably took a home pregnancy test. You may have taken more than one. Even if your home test read positive, it is best to confirm that with a laboratory quality test inside our center.

Abortion Types & Procedures West End, PA 15220

West End (originally named Temperanceville) is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s west city area. It has a zip code of 15220 and has representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 2 (West Neighborhoods). The neighborhood lies in a small valley south of the Ohio River and less than a mile from downtown Pittsburgh.

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