Learn about abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks before deciding.
How much do you know about abortion? At Alpha Center, we take time to educate you on your abortion options. You deserve to know which abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy.
Our client advocates will help you understand what you can expect from medical and surgical abortion procedures and present abortion risk factors so you can make an informed decision.
Are You Sure You Are Pregnant?
Verify your pregnancy before getting an abortion. Many pregnancy symptoms can result from other health issues, so you must confirm you are pregnant before making any other decisions.
Get Pregnancy Confirmation First
Begin with a no-cost pregnancy test at Alpha Center. Even if you have taken a home pregnancy test, getting a second opinion with a laboratory-quality test is vital. However, a pregnancy test is only an indication there might be a pregnancy.
You need an ultrasound to confirm if your pregnancy is viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat). We provide a no-cost ultrasound to clients who have received a positive pregnancy test result from Alpha Center.
What Are The Types of Abortion?
There are two main types of abortion, medical and surgical. Which procedure you qualify for is determined by the length of your pregnancy.
With all abortion procedures, you can expect bleeding and cramping. Potential risks range from an incomplete abortion to infection to infertility. Meet with one of our client advocates to learn more about what you can expect with each of the abortion methods.
The abortion pill method is known as medication abortion. Knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy is critical because the FDA has approved this method for up to 70 days (10 weeks) only.
The abortion pill is two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken first to block the hormone progesterone from reaching the uterus. Every pregnancy requires progesterone to survive. Without it, the pregnancy is terminated.
Misoprostol is the second drug. It produces contractions, so the pregnancy is expelled from the woman’s body.
If you have taken the first pill, mifepristone, of the abortion pill method and have changed your mind, there may still be time to save your pregnancy. Call Abortion Pill Reversal’s 24/7 helpline immediately at (877) 558-0333.
There are several types of surgical abortions. Suction or vacuum aspiration is performed during the first 6 to 16 weeks of gestation. Dilation and curettage (D & C) and dilation and evacuation (D&E) are other procedures using scraping instruments and possibly forceps to remove a pregnancy.
Is Abortion Available in Alabama?
Abortion is completely banned in Alabama, with very few exceptions, including saving the mother’s life or preventing serious health risks. As a resident of Alabama, you will have to travel out of state for an abortion. Depending on the state you choose, you may have a waiting period after counseling or need permission if you are under 18.
What Should You Do Before Seeking An Abortion?
Make an appointment with a member of our staff to discuss your personal situation, different abortion methods, and your other options.
You need to answer the following questions first:
- Have you confirmed your pregnancy?
- Do you know how far along you are?
- Have you had a previous abortion?
- What are your rights with abortion providers?
- What are the medical and emotional risks of each abortion procedure?