An abortion procedure also known as “surgical abortion” or “in-clinic abortion” is a simple, safe, and short procedure that involves a pelvic exam, dilation of the cervix, and removal of the pregnancy tissue through vacuum aspiration. Under 16 weeks of pregnancy, cervical dilation can be successfully completed in just one visit to the clinic.
Over 16 weeks of pregnancy, cervical dilation can take multiple days. We offer in-clinic abortion procedures up to 27 weeks 6 days of pregnancy. For information about abortion services at 16 weeks or greater, please click here.
Prior to your visit, please review our appointment instructions. If you have questions, please contact our office.
The following information is intended to help you decide if an abortion procedure is right for you, and answer some frequently asked questions. A staff member will review this information with you in detail at the time of your appointment.
Abortion procedures performed at Hope Clinic generally only take 1 visit. The procedure consists of dilation of the cervix followed by removal of the pregnancy with suction (dilation and curettage – D&C) or in combination with the use of other special instruments (dilation and evacuation – D&E). It is successful 99% of the time and is extremely safe, with a low complication rate.
Pain medicine in the form of pills, injections of numbing medication in the cervix, and intravenous (IV) sedation (moderate or “twilight” sedation) are available and included in the fee. In order to receive IV sedation, it is required that you have reliable transportation home from the clinic after your appointment and that you do not drive for 24 hours. IV sedation is required for procedures starting at 14 weeks.
We are making changes and updates to our schedule to better assist patients. Please call the office at (618) 451-5722 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. Patients are seen by appointment only. Please no walk-ins. We are sorry for the inconvenience.