Procedure Abortion Procedure Abortion (from 5-23 weeks)

At the Allentown Women’s Center, we offer outpatient procedure abortion care from 5-23 weeks of pregnancy. We offer a range of pain management and sedation options, along with single-visit appointments.

Procedure Abortion Procedure Abortion (from 5-23 weeks)

At the Allentown Women’s Center, we offer outpatient procedure abortion care from 5-23 weeks of pregnancy. We offer a range of pain management and sedation options, as well as single-visit appointments.

The procedure method is a simple medical procedure that usually takes 3–20 minutes (depending on how far you are into your pregnancy). Our physicians use a vacuum aspiration technique to remove the contents of the uterus.

Pain Management Options

The procedure method is a simple medical procedure that usually takes 3–20 minutes (depending on how far you are into your pregnancy). Our physicians use a vacuum aspiration technique to remove the contents of the uterus.

Patients can choose to be:

  • Awake with local anesthetic (numbing of the cervix)
  • Awake with local anesthetic, along with medication to help you feel more relaxed prior to your procedure
  • Awake with Conscious Sedation.  2 medications are given through IV: one for pain managment and a relaxant that makes most patients drift in and out of sleep 
  • Asleep with Complete Sedation (limited availability). 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, administer medication through it, and closely monitor you throughout the procedure.

After your Procedure abortion

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

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.
  • Our abortion Aftercare Instructions can help you evaluate if what you are experiencing is normal.
  • Call during office hours for birth control information, scheduling appointments, emergency contraception, and other questions.

Procedure abortion

5-13 weeks:
A local anesthetic will be injected into the cervix. The injection may cause a pinching and burning sensation that lasts about 3-5 seconds.

The cervix will be gently dilated and a small sterile tube will be inserted into the uterus. A light suction will then be used to remove the contents of the uterus.

14-18 weeks:
Some additional care is necessary for people who are over 14 weeks. 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 people may experience mild to moderate menstrual-type cramps during the insertion.

19-22+6 weeks:
For abortions over 19 weeks, the dilators must remain in place overnight. People who are between 19 and 22+6 weeks will come to AWC for laminaria insertion and return to the clinic the next morning for their surgeries. These laminaria will be removed prior to the start of the abortion procedure.

Pregnancy Calculator

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Please use this calculator before selecting your options from the appointment form below. Note: Seeing a trained medical professional is the only way to accurately determine the length of your pregnancy and what options are available.

One in four people will terminate a pregnancy during their lifetime. You are not alone in your decision to have an abortion. We understand and we’re here to help with compassionate abortion care.

At Allentown Women’s Center, we use a model of trauma-informed care which means that we understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of different types of trauma.

We understand, and recognize, the effects of different types of trauma.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse or violence, having a gynecological exam or pregnancy termination may be difficult. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, affirming space where you help us plan the best approach for your visit.

When making your appointment, please feel free to let us know what your needs are for your visit (i.e. preferred positions, safe words, avoiding trigger words, clothing). If it is too difficult to discuss this over the phone, we are happy to identify and accommodate your needs once you are here.

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AWC offers free, one-hour Pregnancy Options Counseling sessions by appointment, which include a complimentary pregnancy test.

By appointment — includes a complimentary pregnancy test. Our patient advocates are trained and experienced in talking about abortions, adoption, and parenthood without pressure or judgment.

They are available to help you find the solution that is best for you and your life right now. Call any time during our office hours and a staff member will assist you.

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Payment for Allentown Women’s Center services can be made out-of-pocket or billed to your insurance company.

There has been an increase of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) #FakeClinics opening up next door to #RealClinics and advertising online under “abortion clinic” searches. Fake clinics do not offer abortions. Learn more about fake clinics. We have the #REALCLINICS badge, because Allentown Women’s Center is a REAL abortion clinic offering the abortion pill and surgical abortion.

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Under Pennsylvania law, every patient must receive state-mandated information from a physician at least 24 hours before her procedure can begin. 

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Allentown Women’s Center’s trained and experienced staff provide extremely safe medical care in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

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Why Choose AWC?

Allentown Women’s Center’s trained and experienced staff provide extremely safe medical care in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Serving Lehigh Valley and Beyond.

Why Choose AWC?

Allentown Women’s Center’s trained and experienced staff provide extremely safe medical care in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Serving Lehigh Valley and Beyond.