Suburban Women’s Clinic offers women from in and around Houston a safe and supportive place to obtain an abortion. Terminating a pregnancy is never an easy process, but the Suburban Women’s Clinic team is committed to easing that path as much as possible. You’ll be treated by some of the most highly skilled medical professionals in the OB/GYN field. To learn more about the services available, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.
Timing is an important component of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. If you’re still in the first six weeks of pregnancy, a medical abortion may be possible.
The approach is called RU-486, which is commonly referred to as “the abortion pill.” In reality, there are two separate medications used to end the pregnancy. The first, Mifepristone, works by blocking progesterone. That prevents the pregnancy from developing.
The second medication, Misoprostol, prompts your body to begin bleeding and cramping, emptying your uterus. The experience is similar to a miscarriage in the first weeks of pregnancy.
Medical abortion is very effective, but there’s a small chance that the procedure will not end the pregnancy. At that point, a surgical abortion must be performed.
If your pregnancy is past the sixth week but not beyond the 15.6 week threshold, a surgical abortion is possible. This approach uses carefully controlled suction to remove the placenta and fetus from your uterus.
A local anesthetic numbs your cervix during the procedure, and light intravenous sedation helps you remain calm and more comfortable. You’ll remain alert enough to respond to questions or requests, but may feel sleepy and relaxed.
A surgical instrument holds your cervix in place as absorbent rods are inserted to create a degree of dilation. Once your cervix is sufficiently dilated, a cannula is inserted and the targeted tissue is removed.
The entire process takes very little time — as little as 15 minutes or less. You’ll remain at Suburban Women’s Clinic to rest and recover after your procedure.
As your anesthesia and sedation wear off you’ll likely feel some cramping, and you may experience light bleeding for as long as two weeks after your procedure. It’s important to use pads instead of tampons as your body heals. Your physician will advise you on how long to wait to have sex or use a tampon.
It’s critical to follow instructions for any medications you’re given after your procedure. You may receive medications to prevent infection or slow bleeding. Most women are able to manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.
If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, use the online tool or contact the office by phone.