About 50% of the abortions we perform are medical. Medical abortions are available to patients up to 11 weeks pregnant. Your doctor will discuss your history and confirm your pregnancy. If all is well, they will prescribe you a medication to take that will end your pregnancy. Since there’s no procedure involved, you will take the first medication in the office, and take the second with you to take in the comfort of your own home.
Surgical abortions are the medical procedure you probably think of when you hear the term “abortion.” 50% of our patients choose this option. This statistic is partly because you can get a surgical abortion much later in your pregnancy than a medical one. We perform in-house surgical abortions on patients up to 15 weeks pregnant. Patients up to 22 weeks pregnant may receive a surgical abortion in a hospital.
Up to 12 weeks the procedure we use is is called dilation and curettage, or D&C. After 12 weeks the procedure is called dilation and evacuation, or D&E. For both procedures, your doctor will use a small instrument or medication to dilate your cervix before using another tool called a curette to remove the uterine tissue. The process will take approximately thirty minutes from check-in until release. The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes.
At Mile High Women’s Clinic, our priority is to provide you with the care you need safely and comfortably. Our team is here to educate, guide and support you so you can make the best decision for your circumstances. We will help you understand your options and discuss your preferences until you’re ready to decide.