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Iowa Lc Clinic LifeCare Pregnancy Center

Our Clinic offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options.

Our center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals

Surgical Abortion

Manual Vacuum Aspiration -
Until about 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP) This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attachd to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

Suction Curettage -
About 6 - 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, 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 tool 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) -
Between About 13 - 24 Weeks After LMP This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in 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 fetal skull is often crushed to ease removal. A loop-shaped tool called a curette is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.

Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy.

There are two types of abortion: 

1. Surgical

2. Medical (drug-induced).

Medication Abortion

The Abortion Pill Mifepristone, Mifeprex, RU-486, Misoprostol, Cytotec •The FDA approves for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. •Procedure usually requires 3 office visits if administered properly according to manufacturer's instructions •Abortion pill will not work in case of ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus- usually in the fallopian tubes) On the first visit pills are given to cause death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, a second drug causes cramps to expel the embryo. The final visit- two weeks later is to determine if the abortion is complete. However 1-4% of women still need a surgical abortion to terminate the pregnancy.