Surgical Abortion

Allentown Women’s Center has been providing expert surgical abortion care to Pennsylvania and New Jersey women since 1978.

Abortion 5-14 weeks

Safe and simple procedure completed in less than 10 minutes.

After Your Procedure

Care provided in the clinic prior to discharge. Recovery, monitoring and informed.

Abortion 14-23 weeks

Safe, simple procedure, requires twilight anesthesia and additional cervical preparation.

Post Abortion Instructions

How to take care of yourself at home after your abortion procedure.

Pain Management Options

There are three different levels available to patients, depending on length of pregnancy.

Abortion and the Law

A consultation 24 hours prior to your procedure is required, which we can provide by telephone.

Abortion Fees

My AWC counselor held my hand during my procedure and I’m so grateful for that amazing support during this difficult time.

Abortion 5-14 weeks

The procedure will start off with a pelvic exam in order to feel the size, shape and position of the uterus. The doctor will then place a speculum into the vagina to hold the vaginal walls open.

A local anesthetic will be injected into the cervix. The injection may cause a pinching and burning sensation which lasts about 3-5 seconds.

The cervix will then be gently dilated or stretched open with a series of tapered rods called dilators. Once the cervix is dilated, a small sterile tube is inserted into the uterus and a light suction is used to remove the contents of the uterus.

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Abortion 14-23 weeks

An additional procedure is done for women who are over 14 weeks into pregnancy. Prior to the start of the procedure, small dilating rods called laminaria will be inserted into the cervix in order to dilate the cervix slowly. Some women experience mild to moderate menstrual type cramps during the insertion.

Women who are 14-19 weeks pregnant will have their dilators inserted 1-2 hours before their surgeries begin. For abortions over 19 weeks, the dilators must remain in place overnight. Women who are between 19 and 23 weeks will come to AWC for laminaria insertion and return to the clinic the next morning for their surgeries. These laminaria are removed prior to the start of the abortion procedure.

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Pain Management Options

At AWC we offer three options for pain management.

Patients can choose to be:

  • Awake with local anesthetic
  • Awake with local anesthetic & medication to help you feel more relaxed prior to your procedure
  • Asleep with IV sedation

If you choose to be asleep, you will meet with our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) prior to the start of the procedure. The CRNA will start an IV and administer medication through it and closely monitor you throughout the procedure. If you opt to be asleep, you should not see, hear, feel, or remember anything during the procedure. Most patients wake up very quickly and are awake enough to have something to eat and/or drink within ten minutes of getting into the recovery room.

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After your procedure

After your procedure, you will rest in the recovery room for 20-45 minutes. During that time we will monitor your vital signs (blood pressure and pulse), give you something to eat and drink, and review your Aftercare Instructions [PDF]. If your blood type is Rh negative, a nurse will administer an injection of Rhogam [PDF].

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Post Abortion Instructions

After your procedure, you may eat or drink as soon as you feel up to it. You may return to normal activities, but you should not “overdo it”. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting. Listen to your body; you know it best! Please avoid heavy lifting (over 25 lbs.) for at least one week. Be aware that the more active you are, the more bleeding or cramping you may experience. The staff can give you a medical excuse for work or school, if necessary.

Call us first if you have a problem: 877-342-5292

Call any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for post abortion problems and our abortion Aftercare Instructions [PDF] can help you evaluate if what you are experiencing is normal. Post-abortion problems are rare but require prompt medical attention. We are available 24 hours a day to address your concerns. If you receive additional care in our office, prior to your follow-up appointment, these services may be provided with no fee or billed to your insurance.

Please be sure to consult us first before going to an emergency room, where you may receive unnecessary and expensive treatment.

Call during office hours for birth control information, scheduling appointments, emergency contraception and other questions.

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