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“What Questions Do I Still Have About Abortion?”

Deciding how to move forward after learning about an unexpected pregnancy can be challenging. The moments following the confirmation that you’re pregnant are often very personal. You may have a lot of conflicting emotions about your current situation. If you’re thinking about abortion, it’s possible you still have some questions. Making a decision that aligns with your needs typically requires information-gathering. There may also be a lot of intense feelings as you weigh the pros and cons of having an abortion. Thinking through the questions you still have about abortion is a great first step.

Are you searching for answers to your questions about abortion? Avenue Women’s Center can meet with you to address any of your concerns within a nonjudgmental environment. Our expert pregnancy consultants will provide accurate information about abortion procedures and potential alternatives. We’ll work with you to help you better understand your options. During your private consultation, we’ll make sure you feel heard as you contemplate your next steps.

Contact us today to schedule a free appointment at one of our six office locations in Darien, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, or Wood Dale, Illinois!

What Happens During an Abortion Procedure?

You may have a surgical or a medical abortion depending on your pregnancy’s gestational age. A medical abortion often involves two pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, to terminate an early pregnancy. Surgical abortion may require the use of anesthesia and medical tools. There is usually more than one surgical abortion method. The procedure you’re scheduled for may depend on the stage of your pregnancy.

An aspiration (suction) abortion typically occurs during the first trimester. Your cervix may be dilated while suction is used to remove uterine content. It’s possible you’ll undergo a dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion if you’re in your second or third trimester. After dilating your cervix, a provider may use medical instruments to clean out your uterus. D & E abortions can take one to three days to complete.

Induction abortions are typically performed later in the second trimester. Or at the beginning of the third trimester. You may have to undergo an injection of a drug called Digoxin. This is often done to stop the pregnancy. Your cervix may also be softened and dilated. Medications may then be administered to induce the delivery of the uterine content.

Other helpful information can be found on our Abortion page.

How Late Into the Pregnancy Can I Have an Abortion?

State-level restrictions on abortion can vary. The availability of abortion as an option may depend upon the laws in your individual state and how far along you are. It can be helpful to have an ultrasound exam after confirming you’re pregnant. An ultrasound can help you plan out your next steps by offering you valuable information about your condition. It can also alert you to potential early risks such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

You can schedule this exam through a healthcare provider or a first-step options clinic.

What Does an Abortion Cost?

How expensive an abortion is can depend on a few factors. The cost for one may be higher if you’re past the first trimester. Insurance companies may cover the procedure on a case-by-case basis. Just like with your other options, it’s important to assess your financial concerns alongside this decision.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure and each woman responds differently. Some women have reported cramping after an abortion. Other women have said they experienced heavy bleeding and nausea afterward. In more serious cases, some women had a high fever or suffered damage to their cervix.

The way you experience side effects may differ from other women. It’s recommended you still take the time to learn more about any adverse effects. This can help you envision how you might want to move forward. It can also inform you about what follow-up treatments you may need to look into.

Sorting through information about abortion on your own can be stressful. Avenue Women’s Center is here to help by providing you with confidential care and support at no cost. We are in this together with you as you think about what you want your next steps to be. We’ll help you factor your health into your choice by offering you a free, limited ultrasound exam. Our staff cares deeply about making sure you locate the answers and support you need.

Schedule your free appointment today at any of our six locations in DuPage County!



American Pregnancy Association. (25, April 2012). Abortion Procedures. Retrieved from:

Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.