Abortion under 16 weeks
Where there's Choice, there's Hope.
One day surgical abortion done through the 15th week is by a process called vacuum aspiration. It is successful 99% of the time and is extremely safe, with a low complication rate. Vacuum aspiration is a single step procedure completed in one day.
Pain medicine in the form of pills and an injection in the cervix is included in the fee. Intravenous (IV) sedation (moderate or "twilight" sedation) is optional up to 14 weeks.
- Most women will be able to return to regular activities within 1-2 days.
- When you choose this abortion method, a follow-up appointment is optional.
- You should expect to be at the clinic for about 6 hours.
What is Vacuum Aspiration (VA)?
VA is performed with the use of a cannula and a source of suction for removing uterine contents. The procedure time is typically under 15 minutes. Analgesics (such as ibuprofen) and local anesthesia are sufficient to manage pain, although pain may increase with gestational age. Sedation through an IV is optional to decrease pain.
How effective is VA?
VA successfully ends first trimester pregnancies 99% of the time. For the 1% times the procedure fails, it is repeated.
How is VA different than Medication/Pill Abortion?
VA is completed in one visit in the office. Compared to a medication/pill abortion, the procedure is shorter and completed in a predictable period, with a slightly higher successful completion rate. The side effects and risks are similar to a medication/pill abortion.
How safe if VA?
Research has proven over and over that first trimester abortion is extremely safe. It has no long term risks such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or birth defects. There is no association between abortion and breast cancer. When facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are no greater mental health issues in women who choose abortion than in those who carry the pregnancy to term.
Common side effects include abdominal cramping or pain and bleeding, and possibly nausea and sweating. Women may also experience spotting for two to six weeks following the procedure. Complications are very rare, but can include uterine or cervical perforation, pelvic infection and excess bleeding. Patients will be educated on warning signs of complications and encouraged to contact us immediately if symptoms develop.
- 6 to 11 weeks $540
- 12 weeks $560
- 13 weeks $660
- 14 weeks $720 (* fee includes IV sedation)
- 15 weeks $810 (* fee includes IV sedation)
THE FEE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
- lab work
- abortion procedure
- pain medication for procedure (pills/cervical injection)
- recovery care
- 24-hour phone access to an on-call provider
Optional Additional Service
- $60 optional intravenous (IV) sedation ("comfort shot")
- $25 sexually transmitted infection testing; includes treatment if needed
- birth control (fees vary by type): pills, injection, or condoms
- $25 optional two-week followup appointment
- $135 optional private care (private waiting and recovery with room for your support person)
If you have an Rh negative factor blood type, Rh immunoglobulin (i.e. Rhogam) will be recommended at the time of your appointment. Click HERE for more information.
Have You Had A C-Section?
If you are more than 13 weeks pregnant and have previously had a C-section, you may need a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the positioning of the placenta and assess for the risk of a condition called "placenta previa". Call us for detailed instructions.
What To Bring With You
- A support person/driver is welcome and is required if you want sedation.
- Photo IDs for yourself and anyone who comes with you
- Payment (cash, credit, debit, money order, or traveler's check)
- Bottled water (Please eat before you arrive. Food is not allowed in the building.)