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If you are considering terminating a pregnancy , arming yourself with the facts will help you make the right choice for you. Your gynecologist can discuss pregnancy termination services with you and answer questions you may have. This information will also help you understand what to expect on the day of your abortion.

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Medical Abortion

Medical abortion involves taking two pills. The first pill – often a medication called mifepristone—is usually taken while you are at the doctor’s office. Six to 72 hours after the first pill, a second one—misoprostol—is taken at home. This pill must be either dissolved inside your cheek or placed vaginally, depending on the doctor’s instructions. About one to four hours after the second pill is taken, the abortion will begin. Heavy bleeding and some cramping are common and may persist for several hours. Medical abortion is an option for women up to 10 weeks after the first day of their last period.

Aspiration Abortion

Aspiration abortion is performed in a gynecology office. During this procedure, a doctor will terminate the pregnancy using instruments inserted into the uterus via the vagina. The procedure takes about five to 10 minutes. Pain medication can be used to manage cramping that occurs during and after the procedure. Light bleeding is possible for up to one week. Aspiration abortion is available for women up to 12 weeks after the first day of their last period.

Both medical and aspiration abortions are between 98 and 99 percent effective. The right one for you depends on several factors, including how far along in your pregnancy you are. You can work with your doctor to evaluate your preferences and needs. At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we provide first and second-trimester abortion in Washington, DC, as well as a range ofgynecological services , including STD testing and morning-after pills. To make an appointment, please call (202) 659-9403.