Early Abortion: Knowing the Facts on Timing Before Making Your Abortion Decision

For many women, the decision to have an abortion is made before they even have confirmation from a positive pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests on the market today often are able to detect very early pregnancies as well, and understandably you want to move forward as quickly as possible if you have made their decision. The next question is often “How early can I get an abortion?” It’s a good question, and an important one.

Northland Family Planning offers abortion services to women starting at 4 weeks into a pregnancy. That is usually the earliest we can see the pregnancy on an ultrasound.

When you are early into a pregnancy, you have two options for abortion. If you are 10 weeks pregnant or less, you can choose to have a Medication Abortion(the abortion pill). For some women, this option feels the most “natural” to them. The process takes place over a few days, and requires you to be able to take time off of work and have a support person with you during your abortion.

If you would rather have an in-office procedure, Northland Family Planning can still offer that to you as early as 4 weeks into the pregnancy. This procedure is called an early surgical abortion or abortion using Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). MVA uses a handheld aspirator that gently removes the pregnancy from the uterus, without the usual surgical equipment sounds.

Northland Family Planning can help you determine which procedure is best for you. And, as always, if you are feeling unsure of your decisionand need help sorting through the feelings that may come from finding out you are pregnant at a less than ideal time, call us. We can offer you resources and counseling for free. We are here for you.