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If you’re exploring options for your unexpected pregnancy, abortion may be one choice that you are considering. Depending on your pregnancy’s gestational age, you may be eligible for a chemical or a surgical abortion.

Abortion is not legal in Texas, with very few exceptions. If you are considering traveling out of state or just want to learn more about abortion procedures, read this article for practical information and recommended health screenings.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

A chemical abortion, also known as a medical abortion or the abortion pill, is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks (70 days) of gestational age. It is actually a series of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is first taken as an antiprogestin so that the essential hormone, progesterone, is blocked from the pregnancy. After mifepristone, misoprostol is taken to induce uterine contractions so that your body expels the fetus and pregnancy tissue. 

How Does a Surgical Abortion Work?

A surgical abortion is typically conducted in a clinical setting, particularly when the pregnancy has progressed beyond ten weeks when the abortion pill is no longer available.

During the procedure, the cervix is dilated to allow the insertion of medical instruments, such as scraping tools and powerful suction devices, into the uterus. These instruments physically remove the pregnancy and vacuum out its contents.

What Are My Options?

At Hope Women’s Center, we are here to provide emotional support and practical resources, such as free pregnancy testing and, if your test indicates you’re pregnant, ultrasounds.

An ultrasound can provide details such as the pregnancy’s gestational age, which can affect procedures you may be eligible for.

It can also confirm the pregnancy’s viability and location, which could alert you to potential complications like an ectopic pregnancy.
We also provide a safe space for you to evaluate your options and get connected to local resources. Contact us today to schedule a pressure-free, confidential appointment!

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