A medical abortion uses medicine to cause the fetus to abort on its own. Medical abortions can usually be performed up until about nine weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, a medical abortion requires two visits. At the first visit, you’ll be given a medication to take in the office and a second one to take at home. You can expect to have vaginal bleeding for about two weeks once the medicines take effect. During the second visit about two weeks later, Dr. Brandeis will confirm the medical abortion was successful and ensure you’re recovering well.
Abortion is probably the most politically charged medical procedure in American history. It’s also fairly common.
About 3 in 10 U.S. women have one by age 45. Over a third of women getting abortions are white. Over half are 20-somethings. Almost half make incomes under the federal poverty level. Most are already mothers. Cost matters too many of these women and while states can’t ban abortion outright, they can — and do — pass laws that make it more expensive.
In the end, abortion cost primarily hinges on the following factors:
- Duration of pregnancy
- Insurance, Medicaid or other funding
- Where you live
For some portion of the first trimester, women can choose between a medical abortion (a.k.a. the abortion pill) and a surgical abortion. Depending on the state, women can take the abortion pill until they are, at most, nine weeks pregnant. Some states prohibit its use after seven weeks. A medical abortion actually consists of a physical exam, two separate pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, and a follow-up appointment.
The process takes anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on how far apart the pills are taken and how long the body takes to abort after the second pill. Patients must agree to have a surgical abortion when medical abortions don’t work, which happens less than one percent of the time.
After nine weeks, surgical abortion is the only choice. During the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, women get what’s called an aspiration abortion. A dilation and evacuation procedure is standard between 16 and 21 weeks. For the later-term abortions, it’s more complicated.
Our goal is to provide every patient with the time, attention and information necessary to address her questions and concerns so that she is able to make an informed decision regarding the abortion process.