Health Info

We understand that your choice regarding your pregnancy can be difficult. In fact, we recognize this may be one of the most important decisions of your life. The choice is yours, and the better information you have, the better the decision you can make. If you’d like to discuss your pregnancy options, including abortion procedures and risks, contact us today.

Early Signs of Being Pregnant

If you are experiencing early signs of pregnancy and think that you may be pregnant, schedule a free confidential pregnancy test at our Mobile Site or make an appointment. (Note: Give the schedule and option for a meet)

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

A missed period is a consistent pregnancy symptom that all women usually experience. Many women experience several pregnancy symptoms at once and some hardly at all. It depends on the woman’s body and how it reacts to pregnancy. Here are common symptoms that could point to pregnancy, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Late or Missed Period
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Frequent Urination
  • Spotting or Cramping
  • Unexplained Fatigue
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Food Cravings or Aversions
  • Increased Sense of Smell
  • Darkening of Nipples
  • Sore, Swollen, or Itchy Breasts

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Abortion Procedures and Costs

As with any choice, the better the information you have, the better the decision you can make. If you are considering abortion, your first step is to learn more about your options- we do not financially benefit from your decision. All of our services are free and confidential.

ABORTION COST

The cost of an abortion in North Charleston ranges from approximately $600-$1,250.

Schedule a free and confidential appointment to learn more about abortion and your options at either our Mobile Pregnancy Center or else in person.

MEDICAL ABORTION

Medication abortion (also called the abortion pill) can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period. It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical abortion. The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses, usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 11 weeks in most cases. (It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.)

NOTE: The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step. The Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.

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    Action – The first medication, Mifeprex blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo dies. The second medication, Mifepristone, causes cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.
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    Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding can last 9 to 16 days and possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness and headache.
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    Complications – Possible complications include heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding, and serious infection. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what do to if complications arise.
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    Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.

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SURGICAL ABORTION

Surgical abortions are done by opening the cervix and passing instruments into the uterus to suction, grasp, pull, and scrape the pregnancy out. The exact procedure is determined by the baby’s level of growth. There are three main options.


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    Aspiration/Suction23,24 – Up to 13 weeks LMP. Most early surgical abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically offered to reduce pain. The abortion involves opening the cervix, passing a tube inside the uterus, and attaching it to suction device which pulls the embryo out.
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    Dilation and Evacuation25,26 (D&E) – 13 weeks LMP and up. Most second trimester abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia, oral, or intravenous pain medications and sedation are commonly used. Besides the need to open the cervix much wider, the main difference between this procedure and a first trimester abortion is the use of forceps to grasp fetal parts and remove the baby in pieces. D&E is associated with a much higher risk of complications compared to a first trimester surgical abortion.
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    D&E After Viability27-29 – 21 weeks LMP and up. This procedure typically takes 2–3 days and is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. General anesthesia is usually recommended, if available. Drugs may be injected into the fetus or the amniotic fluid to stop the baby’s heart before starting the procedure. The cervix is opened wide, the amniotic sac is broken, and forceps are used to dismember the fetus. The “Intact D&E” pulls the fetus out legs first, then crushes the skull in order to remove the fetus in one piece.

Emotional Effects of an Abortion

Women report feeling a wide range of emotions during and after an abortion. It’s normal to feel sadness, grief, guilt, or even relief. These feelings can change from woman to woman. Counseling or support before you make a decision to have an abortion is very important. Talking with an options counselor before having an abortion can help you better understand your decision.
Women report a range of emotions after an abortion. For some women, these emotions may appear immediately after an abortion or gradually over a longer period of time and may be ongoing.

  • Depression
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Feelings of Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Lowered Self-Esteem
  • Regret
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Avoidance of Emotional Attachment
  • Flashbacks
  • Substance Abuse

Remember, it is a woman’s right to be fully informed by her doctor prior to any procedure. A woman should be encouraged to ask questions. We offer peer counseling and never financially benefit from your decision- whatever it is. You will not be pressured in your choice. All services are free and confidential.

This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.

This center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.

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