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Surgical Abortion

How far along do I need to be to have a surgical abortion? 

This is usually the abortion method used when you are beyond 10 weeks of pregnancy, but can be used earlier. 


What are the side effects/risks of a surgical abortion?

Similarly to the abortion pill, side effects can include cramping, nausea, feeling faint, possible heavy and/or prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, chills, and in rare cases, death. 

Additionally, many women experience new or triggered mental health issues following their abortions. These conditions can include anxiety, depression, or trauma-related symptoms.


How developed is the fetus at this point in pregnancy?

Since a surgical abortion is typically performed at 10 weeks LMP (since your last menstrual period) or beyond, here are some characteristics of a baby at that gestational age:

-The heart has formed.

-Ears, eyes, eyelids, and lips begin to form.

​-An umbilical cord is connecting the baby to your placenta.


What does the PCCOB do to support someone choosing a surgical abortion?

At the PCCOB, we care deeply about your health.  Therefore, we can't in good conscious, perform or refer for abortion. However, we want to make sure that you have all of the information that you need before making a decision.  Our goal is NOT to force you to choose anything. Our goal is to make sure any questions that you may have are answered. 

Additionally, (as stated above) often times after an abortion, women experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms. We are not professional counselors, but we do have trained client advocates who are ready and willing to walk with you through the process of finding healing.  You do not have to continue walking in shame... there is hope. 

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