Surgical Abortion Services

Surgical Abortion is a safe procedure available for First and Second Trimester patients. 

Surgical Abortion Services

Surgical Abortion is a safe procedure available for First and Second Trimester patients. 

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Surgical Abortion Services

Surgical Abortion is a safe procedure available for First and Second Trimester patients. 

Up to 23 Weeks and 6 Days In Pregnancy

Surgical Abortion

You can get a surgical abortion up to 23 weeks and 6 days in pregnancy.

Reasons some people choose a surgical abortion

Surgical Abortions in the First Trimester (up to 14 weeks)

The procedure typically takes 5 – 10 minutes depending on how far along you are. It can be performed while awake, with Valium, or with light or full sedation.

What to expect

Abortion is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy. We’ll walk you through every step of the way.

“From the moment I called ARHC the staff was extremely sweet and understanding..."

They reassured me that this facility is all about helping people and providing the best possible care. I was scared and apprehensive because I thought abortion would hurt my body, but the staff answered all of my questions thoroughly, without judgment. I was concerned about paying, but the center followed up with me and ensured everything would be taken care of. It was an adventure to get to Pittsburgh – I took a bus, took some taxis, and stayed at a Motel 6. Ran my pockets dry. I’m a college student so it’s hard as it is…I had 51 cents left in my account.  I had no idea how I was going to get back to campus, but the staff helped me and made sure I wasn’t stuck or abandoned. Thank you! I greatly appreciate this place and everyone in it!”

– Haley*, 19  *Names have been changed to protect patient privacy

Surgical Abortions in the Second Trimester (14.1-23.6 weeks)

The procedure typically takes between 15 – 30 minutes depending on how far along you are in the pregnancy. It can be performed while awake, with Valium, or with light or full sedation. It is an outpatient procedure called a D&E.

What to expect

Post-Abortion

After a surgical abortion, you will rest in our Observation Room for 30-90 minutes. The length of time depends on how far you were in the pregnancy and your choice of pain management. During that time, staff will monitor your vital signs and give you something to eat and drink. We can also provide ibuprofen and a hot water bottle if you’re experiencing cramping. Prior to discharge, you’ll receive both verbal and written instructions for post-abortion care. It is important to keep this information with you so that you may refer to it later.

Pain Management

When you obtain a Surgical Abortion, you can choose a type of pain management for the procedure. Here are the options we offer at Allegheny Reproductive Health Center:

With Full IV Sedation, you will receive medication through an intravenous (IV) to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and pain-free during the procedure. You will also have little or no memory of the abortion. Full IV sedation takes effect within minutes and wears off within minutes. When the procedure is over, you will be discharged to our Observation Room. IV sedation is given and monitored throughout the procedure by a CRNA (certified, registered nurse anesthetist).

This sedation option costs depend on how far along in the pregnancy you are and is not covered by insurance. You will need to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit at the time you make the appointment that will be deducted from your total cost on the day of your procedure. Someone is required to drive you home after full IV sedation; you should not drive a vehicle again until the day after your procedure. You will not be able to eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke after midnight the day before your appointment.

You will receive medication through an IV to help you relax and to reduce pain.

You will remain awake during the procedure and will be able to respond to the staff in the room. You will be monitored by our nurses and physicians. Because you will be awake, you will most likely feel some pressure and/or cramping.

This sedation option cost is not covered by insurance. Someone is required to drive you home after light IV sedation; you should not drive a vehicle again until the day after your procedure. There are no eating or drinking restrictions with light IV sedation.  

Valium is a medication that is taken by mouth that help to decrease anxiety and make you more relaxed for your procedure. It does not help with pain. Someone is required to drive you home after receiving Valium; you should not drive a vehicle again until the day after your procedure. There are no eating or drinking restrictions with Valium. Click here for costs and payment information. 

You will not receive any additional medication besides the local numbing medication in your cervix. You will remain awake during the procedure and will be able to respond to the staff in the room. Because you will be awake, you will most likely feel strong cramping and pressure. You will be able to drive yourself home after your procedure, if you would like to.  There are no eating or drinking restrictions.

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