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ABORTION PROCEDURES

When considering an abortion, your health and safety is important to us. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns.

Abortion Procedures

Call  512-396-3020 to learn about abortion or the abortion pill in San Marcos, Texas.

During your consultation appointment, you will meet with our trained staff. We will go over your specific concerns and personal circumstances.

We will also provide you with a free ultrasound to confirm and date your pregnancy so that you know what type of abortion you may consider and what other options you have.

There are two main types of abortion:

  • Medical Abortion
    • Medication abortion, also called the abortion pill, can be taken up to 70 days from the first day of your last menstrual period (10 weeks pregnant). The pill ( two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol) is taken in two doses, one typically at a doctor’s office and the other at home. To determine how far along you are, make an appointment today.
      • During the first trimester (through 13 weeks of gestation) an abortion can be performed through medicine or surgery.
      • Medical abortion uses medicine to end a pregnancy instead of surgery and is used early in pregnancy-70 days (10 weeks) or less from the first day of your last menstrual period.
    • This method requires several visits to your doctor:
      • At the first abortion provider visit:
        • A woman swallows one mifepristone pill. This pill contains a drug that cuts off the supply of blood and nutrients to the developing embryo.
      • 24 to 48 hours later:
        • The woman takes another drug, misoprostol, also called Cytotec. This causes the uterus to contract and cramping expels the embryo.
      • Seven to fourteen days later:
        • The woman will return for a follow-up with her abortion provider to confirm that the abortion is complete.
    • Possible Complications
      • Incomplete abortion
      • Allergic reaction to the medications
      • Severe cramping
      • Nausea and/or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Infection
      • Heavy bleeding
  • Surgical Abortion
    • Contact us to learn more about abortion, the abortion pill and your other pregnancy options. We know that each individual set of circumstances is unique. Our desire is for you to leave our office feeling empowered to make the best choice regarding your pregnancy for you. We never financially benefit off of your decision and can discuss your options with absolutely no pressure.
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      • During the second trimester (between 13 weeks of gestation and 22 weeks of gestation) an abortion can be performed by a surgical method known as dilation and evacuation.
      • This surgical procedure is performed in a surgical center or hospital:
        • Before this procedure, the doctor will prepare the cervix. This process softens and stretches the cervix and may require one or more visits.
        • Most women will experience some pain with this procedure. Before the procedure you will be given pain medicine, a sedative or both. For the procedure you will receive local anesthesia injected in the cervix.
        • The cervix is stretched open using metal dilating rods. The fluid surrounding the baby (amniotic fluid) will be removed with a suction device placed into the uterus.
        • A plastic tube is inserted in the uterus and connected to an electric or manual vacuum device that pulls the fetus’s body apart and out.
        • A suction device will be inserted into the uterus at the end of the procedure to remove any fetal tissue that remains.
        • After 14 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus, placenta and other contents of the womb may be removed piece by piece using surgical instruments.
      • Possible Complications
        • Incomplete abortion
        • Pelvic infection
        • Heavy bleeding
        • Torn cervix
        • Perforated uterus
      • Texas law states that abortion may not be performed after the post-fertilization age of 20 weeks or more, which is approximately 22 weeks or more of gestation.

Before making any decisions, you will need to first know how far along your pregnancy is and what type of abortion you may consider and what other options are available to you. We can provide you with a free ultrasound exam and consultation.

 

 

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