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If you’re pregnant and thinking about abortion, you may have lots of questions. We’re here to help. LaVie specializes in supporting women and men who are making a difficult pregnancy decision and are here to answer your questions.

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Considering An Abortion?

You owe it to yourself to get answers to your questions, weigh the alternatives, and consider how the procedure may impact your future. It’s important to have accurate information about abortion procedures and potential risks.

At LaVie, our medical staff listens to your unique story and can help you understand essential medical information about your pregnancy. We offer no-cost laboratory-certified pregnancy tests and will have your results within a few minutes. If your test is positive, we can use ultrasound technology to determine how far along you are and if the pregnancy is viable.

There are different kinds of abortion procedures. Our staff is here to help you understand each procedure and answer any questions you may have. While LaVie does not perform or refer for abortions, we offer essential medical services to empower you to take control of your health. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Abortion Questions

You deserve to get answers while you carefully consider your options.

LaVie does not perform nor refer for abortions, however we offer Pre-Abortion Care. Our Pre-Abortion Care will provide you with no-cost essential medical information about you and your pregnancy. Click here to learn more about Pre-Abortion Care .
The “Abortion Pill” (mifepristone plus misoprostol) is the most common form of medical abortion (also known as medication abortion or self-managed abortion). It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in women up to 10 weeks after the last menstrual period (LMP). On the first office visit, the first pill (mifepristone) is swallowed, which blocks a hormone essential to keep blood flowing to the baby through the placenta. Eventually, this causes the death of the baby over the next few days. One to two days later, misoprostol tablets are taken, which cause cramping that expels the embryo.2
U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information. Retrieved November 7, 2018. Source:

Surgical abortions are done by opening the cervix and passing instruments into the uterus to remove the developing fetus and placenta. The exact procedure is determined by the gestational age or size of the baby.


Aspiration is a surgical abortion procedure performed during the first 6 to 14 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction aspiration, suction curettage, or vacuum aspiration. Medication for pain and possibly sedation will be provided. While lying on an exam table with feet in stirrups, a speculum is inserted in to open the vagina.

A local anesthetic is administered to the cervix to numb it. Then a surgical instrument with long handles and a clamp at the end is used to hold the cervix in place for the cervix to be dilated by another instrument. When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula, which is a long plastic tube connected to a suction device, is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta.

This procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but recovery can require staying at the clinic for a few hours. Antibiotics are also given to help help prevent infection.

What are the side effects and risks of suction aspiration?

Common side effects of the procedure include cramping, nausea, sweating and feeling faint. Less frequent side effects include possible heavy or prolonged bleeding, blood clots, damage to the cervix and perforation of the uterus.

Infection due to remaining tissue or infection caused by an STD or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scar tissue. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if your side effects persist or worsen.

Dilation and Evacuation

The dilation and extraction procedure is usually used beginning at about 14 weeks gestation. After 14 weeks gestation the fetal skull begins to calcify making it more difficult, or impossible, to remove through the cervix intact. This procedure is also commonly known as Partial Birth Abortion.

Up to two days before the procedure, something will be inserted vaginally by your doctor to dilate the cervix. On the day of the procedure the fetus is rotated and forceps are used to grasp and pull the legs, shoulders and arms through the birth canal. The skull is collapsed and the fetus is then completely removed.

The availability of any procedure used in the third trimester is based on the laws of that state.

What are the side effects and risks related to dilation and extraction?

The side effects are the same as dilation and evacuation. However, there is an increased chance of emotional problems from the reality of more advanced fetal development.

Informed consent and counseling are essential when considering your plan for pregnancy. Women should be counseled about the full range of pregnancy options: parenting, abortion, and adoption. Counseling should be a patient-centered shared decision-making process to ensure that a patient’s decision is informed, voluntary, and free of coercion.1 Patients should be made aware of risks and benefits of the procedure and alternatives, and this should be documented in the medical record and on the consent form.

Before you make a final decision regarding your pregnancy, call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss all your options with our trained and compassionate nurses.

Perucci A. Decision Assessment and Counseling in Abortion Care: Philosophy and Practice, 1st ed, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland 2012.

Abortion can result in many different physical, emotional, and spiritual outcomes. Just like each person has a unique story, so does your abotion experience. LaVie offers no-cost Post-Abortion Care. Click here to learn more about how we can care for you.

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