Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing
Slow down. You have come to the right place. There is help available. Take the time to research and educate yourself on all of your options. Most important of all, make sure you schedule a free ultrasound. Often in a first time pregnancy there is a chance (sometimes up to 40%) of a miscarriage. Having a free ultrasound will tell you if you are in a "normal" pregnancy or if you have a chance of miscarriage. If that happens, you will definitely not have to go through the abortion process, the expense, the pain, the danger of abortion will be avoided.
Methods of Abortion
Abortion Pill and Mifepristone: Approximately 4 to 7 weeks after the start of the LMP (Last Menstrual Period)
This drug is only approved for women up to the 49th day after the start of their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed. The abortion pill will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman. Women are being instructed to use the abortion pills in a manner not approved by the FDA. This includes using it beyond 49 days of pregnancy and using it vaginally. A number of women who have used the abortion pill have died due to sepsis (full body infection).
Dilitation and Curettage: Approximately 7 - 12 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)
This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy, up until 12 weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. The cervix is dilated, the curettage tool is inserted and the developing fetus is "scraped" out from the uterus.
Suction Curettage: Approximately 6 to 14 weeks after LMP
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the fetus is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus' body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the "products of conception."
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): Approximately 13 to 24 weeks after LMP
This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in the pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing. In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion. This is done by inserting numerous thin rods made of seaweed (called laminaria) a day or two before the abortion. Once the cervix is stretched open the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The fetus' skull is crushed to ease removal. A sharp tool (called a curette) is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.
Late Term Abortions: Approximately 20 weeks after LMP to full-term
These procedures typically take place over 3 days, use local anesthesia and are associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. On the first day, under ultrasound guidance, the fetal heart is injected with a medication that stops the heart and causes the fetus to die. Also over the first two days, the cervix is gradually stretched open using laminaria. On the third day, the amniotic sac is burst and drained. The remainder of the procedure is similar to the D&E procedure described earlier. An alternative procedure involves inducing labor.
Even if you have had no experience or interaction with children, everyone has to start somewhere. Choosing to raise your child yourself is not out of the question. You may feel that you do not have the abilities to raise a child, but there is help available to you. With the support of caring people, parenting classes and other resources, you will find the help you need to make this choice.
Have you ever considered adoption? It may be the best choice for you and a loving choice for your baby. Realize that you are not alone. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice.
Please contact us. We can help you talk through all of your options.
If you are thinking about abortion, call us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact and spiritual consequences. Please call us so that you can make an informed decision.
The Morning After Pill
the best decision by educating yourself; it is good to know all of the
facts before taking the Morning After Pill. Your body and your health
are important, so take time to make the best decision. Please contact
us for more information and confidential help.
What is the Morning After Pill?
Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom). The Morning After Pill is any type of oral hormonal birth control taken after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure.
Is Plan B® Effective?
Plan B® is reported to reduce the chance of pregnancy by 60-94%, depending on which study is considered. It is important to note that these figures are based on estimates of when ovulation may have occurred. At our Center we have many clients who have come in for pregnancy tests, are pregnant and had taken Plan B.
How is Plan B® Administered?
Plan B® is administered in two tablets: the first must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex and the second 12 hours after the first tablet.
Should I Take the Morning-After Pill?
Many times women panic after having unprotected sex and rush to take the Morning-After Pill. However, women can only become pregnant on certain days of the month – around the time that you ovulate. Typically, there are only about three to five days a month in which pregnancy can occur. Many women take the Morning-After Pill during a time when they are not fertile meaning that they could not become pregnant. Taking the Morning-After Pill during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to large doses of hormones.
How Does it Work?
Plan B® is believed to work in one of 3 ways:
1. It may prevent or delay ovulation (release of egg from ovary).
2. It may affect the sperm and tube transport to prevent the egg from being fertilized.
3. It may alter the uterine lining which prevents the fertilized egg from implanting, resulting in an early abortion.
**There is no way to know which way the drug is working in any one person.
Can the Morning-After Pill Cause an Abortion?
That depends upon how you define ‘life’. The scientific reality is that the instant a human egg and sperm unite (fertilization), the newly formed being contains the full complement of DNA in which hair and eye color, gender and all other physical characteristics are determined. During its journey down the fallopian tube, the fertilized egg is actively growing and dividing. It will then implant in the uterine lining where it will continue to grow.
A number of years ago, some in the medical community arbitrarily decided to redefine the beginning of pregnancy as when implantation occurs. Clearly, this contradicts the known facts about when life itself begins, and that is at fertilization. So, one of the ways that Plan B® may work is to alter the uterine lining so that a fertilized egg may not be able to implant and grow. Taking Plan B® after the sperm has fertilized the egg may interfere with the fertilized egg’s implantation in the uterus, which some would consider a very early abortion.
Will it have an Effect on my Period?
It is possible the Plan B® One-Step will effect your period and your cycle. The most common adverse reaction is heavier menstrual bleeding. If your period is delayed for more than one week, pregnancy should be considered.
Should I see a Doctor?
It is necessary to see a doctor whenever taking medications.
Does the Morning-After Pill have Side Effects?
Plan B® includes side effects such as nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, heavier menstrual bleeding, lighter menstrual bleeding, and dizziness.
Does the Morning-After Pill have Risks?
It is very important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy because it can be life-threatening. Women who have an ectopic pregnancy may experience, irregular vaginal bleeding, abdominal and/or pelvic pain and cramps, shoulder pain and dizziness. Many of these symptoms are similar to the potential side effects associated with the use of the Morning-After Pill. It is critical that anyone who has these symptoms be evaluated by a physician.
Could I Already Be Pregnant?
Yes. If you are routinely experiencing unprotected sex, you may already be pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter. This is why taking a pregnancy test before considering Plan B® makes sense. Women who have a known or suspected pregnancy should not take the pills, according to the manufacturers of Plan B® Plan B® One-Step. Please call us for a free and confidential pregnancy test.
Is the Morning-After Pill Right for Someone my Age?
It is unknown whether or not Plan B® is safe and effective for women under the age of 17. There are dangers with different medications for any age person.
What is Unknown about Plan B® ?
There is much that is unknown about the drug such as:
Additionally, Plan B® is not recommended for routine use, but the makers of Plan B® have not defined what they consider to be “routine”. There has not been any research on drug abuse and dependence on Plan B®.
Will the Morning-After Pill Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections?
The Morning-After Pill does not prevent the spread of STDs / STIs .
Our Center cares about you and we are here to help. We have a lot of information on the Morning-After Pill, but we do not refer for or prescribe it. We want to assist you as you sort through the concerns you may have about sexual activity. Please call us for more information on the Morning-After Pill, Plan B®.
Emotional and Psychological Impact
Following abortion, many women experience initial relief. The perceived crisis is over and life returns to normal. However, for many women the crisis is not over. Months and even years later, significant problems develop.
Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following symptoms:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Difficulty Bonding with Partner or Children
- Eating Disorders
- Alcohol and drug addictions
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, our pregnancy center offers confidential, compassionate support designed to help women work through these feelings. You are not alone.
If you wish to begin the healing process from a past abortion or abortions, abortion recovery facilitators are available, free of charge. Deciding to seek help may be one of the toughest decisions you have to make, but it may be one of the best.
To talk to someone about issues from a past abortion, please call us. All calls are confidential.
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