Is Abortion Safe? | Orlando Women’s Center.
At our Women’s Centers, we provide safe, legal medical and surgical abortion from the earliest a pregnancy can be performed (a little over 3 weeks) up to 24 weeks, in safe, comfortable, modern, state-of-the-art facilities in several convenient locations throughout Florida.
All of our Physicians have Florida State Medical Licenses, superior training and experience in performing ultrasound and abortion.
How Safe Is The Abortion Pill?
The Abortion Pill procedure is extremely safe. The chance of complications and side effects in our Physician’s hands is less than 1%. The chance of having to be hospitalized is less than 0.1%.
Major complications include the requirement for a blood transfusion or admission to the hospital to treat a severe infection. The incidence of a severe infection is no greater than a woman having a C-Section or a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) in the first trimester of pregnancy.
At the Women’s Center’s, we have Physician’s who have been performing the medical abortion since 1990. This makes our experience with using the medical abortion method one of the longest in the United States.
The most common side effects of taking the abortion pill which consists of the combination of RU 486 (Mifepristone, Mifeprex, Mifegyne, French Pill) and Cytotec (Misoprostol) are headaches, lower abdominal pain, low back ache, shivering, nausea, vomiting, low grade temperature and vaginal bleeding.
Patients with moderate to severe lower abdominal pain, temperature greater than 100.4 or bleeding more than 2 pads an hour for 2 hours in a row, should get in touch with the medical staff immediately.
The Abortion Pill Process can be started and completed in patients who are 13 to 24 weeks or further in 24 hours or less over 99% of the time without the requirement of surgical instruments.
How Safe is The Surgical Abortion Procedure?
The surgical abortion procedure from 3 to 24 weeks in the Women’s Center’s hands is highly safe. We have an extremely low complication rate.
We are proud of our excellent safety records and extremely low complication rates. We take extra steps to provide additional measures of safety for our patients.
We use only sterilized surgical instruments and sterile, single-use only, disposable plastic uterine curettes.
Ultrasounds are performed on all of our patients before surgery and on a case by case basis during, and after the abortion to ensure the safety of our patients and completeness of the procedure.
We will also perform ultrasounds on patients who return to our offices for their three week checkup if they still have a positive pregnancy test.
Approximately 5 to 7% percent of the patients who undergo a termination can have a positive pregnancy test for up to 6 weeks after an abortion procedure.
We have the most current, state-of-the-art ultrasound machines at each of our sites, allowing even the very earliest pregnancies to be diagnosed accurately.
Our physicians are experts at ultrasound, which is very important, since the accuracy of the ultrasound is greatly dependent on both the quality of the equipment and the skill of the person performing the ultrasound.
We provide the safest early surgical abortions starting from the very earliest that the pregnancy can be detected by ultrasound. A surgical abortion can be performed safely only if the pregnancy can be accurately identified inside the uterus through careful ultrasound exam.
The soonest a pregnancy can be identified by ultrasound is a little after 3 weeks from the last menstrual period. A pregnancy test becomes positive only after implantation of the embryo into the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). Shortly thereafter, the pregnancy can be visualized on ultrasound.
Using medications or materials to prime (soften or ripen) the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) is extremely important in preventing complications that can occur with abortion. This is the key to our superior safety.
We refuse to cut any corners to determine the patient’s cervix has adequate preparation before an abortion procedure will be attempted.
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