What is Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure that terminates an existing pregnancy. There are two main types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical abortion. Each procedure uses two different methods of termination, either through surgery or medications.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is also known as the abortion pill, or medication abortion. It consists of two different types of drugs. The first drug, Mifepristone, blocks the Progesterone hormone, thinning the uterus and preventing the embryo from implanting or growing. The second drug, Misoprostol, makes the uterus contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina.

Medical abortion is only recommended for women who are 10 weeks pregnant or earlier in their pregnancy.

Common Risks Of Medical Abortion:

  • Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • Infection
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
  • Fever

Surgical Abortion

The type of surgical abortion you get depends on how far along you are in pregnancy.

Aspiration abortion uses an anesthetic to numb the cervix and surgical instruments to remove the contents of the uterus. This abortion type is typically completed around 12-13 weeks of pregnancy.

A D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) abortion is for women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant. During this surgical abortion procedure, the cervix is dilated and surgical instruments are used to empty the contents of the uterus, while a curette is used to scrape the inside.

Common Risks Of Surgical Abortion:

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Damage to the uterus
  • Injury to the cervix
  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding
  • Infection

Before An Abortion

To determine what type of abortion procedure you are eligible for – pregnancy confirmation is your next step. Receive a no-cost and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound to verify important pregnancy details.

Learn more about your options with a no-cost appointment. Schedule yours today.


LaVie does not refer or provide abortions, but we do offer free abortion consultations and ultrasounds.