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When Can You Get An Abortion

Faced with an unintended pregnancy, one question a woman may ask is “When can you get an abortion?” The answer to that question varies from state to state, and may depend on how far along in the pregnancy you are.

If you are in Chicagoland and are asking, “When can you get an abortion?” we invite you to call or text us. We can help you with correctly dating your pregnancy, and we offer information and consultations at all of our four DuPage County locations. Many services are available at no cost.

Here is some general information we hope you find helpful.

  • An ultrasound is one way to find out how far along the pregnancy is.
  • When wondering how early you can get an abortion, we recommend that you wait until at least six weeks. Six weeks is the earliest that our sonographers can determine whether a pregnancy appears to be properly located and developing, and that is important information for you to have.
  • Whether or not you would be eligible for the “abortion pill” is also impacted by when the pregnancy began. The FDA has approved its use for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • There are different types of surgical abortion and eligibility is, again, dependent on how far along you are.
  • When wondering how late you can get an abortion, it is true that many states have limits on abortion after the point of “viability” – usually considered to be 24 weeks. Illinois allows exceptions after 24 weeks of pregnancy for the life and health of the mother.

We are here to help with the information you need that’s specific to your situation.

Whatever your personal questions are about when you can get an abortion, our caring, non-judgmental staff is here to help you. We have offices in Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, and Wood Dale, Illinois. Please contact us. Whether you want to schedule a consultation at a location convenient for you, or just process some questions on the phone, we look forward to assisting you.

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.