procedures & options
What You Need to Know
If you are considering abortion in the Greater Oklahoma City area, Crossroads Clinic offers free and confidential medical services to equip you to make the best choice for your situation. If you are going to make the choice to terminate your pregnancy, you need to be aware of what is happening to your body.
A Quick Checklist
Have you taken a pregnancy test?
Crossroads Clinic offers free and confidential medical services to equip you to make the best choice for your situation. Click on the button below to make an appointment for a free pregnancy test before you decide.
What if the test is positive?
If you test positive, we can also schedule a free ultrasound that will provide important information you will need to know before your abortion. While getting a reliable pregnancy test is very important, all a positive test does is tell you that you have a potential pregnancy. Urine and blood pregnancy tests look for the presence or absence of hCG (the hormone released in pregnancy). A pregnancy test cannot tell you whether or not you will have a spontaneous miscarriage or if you have a tubal pregnancy. After a positive test, we can provide a free limited ultrasound to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy, determine the location of pregnancy, and establish gestational age.
How far along are you?
Depending on the gestational age, it will determine the types of abortion procedures that are available.
Is the pregnancy viable?
A non-viable pregnancy will end in natural miscarriage. Statistics show that 25-31% of pregnancies end in early miscarriage.
Is the pregnancy in your uterus?
Occasionally, the embryo implants somewhere else. This is known as an “ectopic pregnancy.” An abortion won’t resolve this obstetric complication.
Am I at risk for an STD?
We test for Syphilis and HIV/AIDS from a blood draw and Chlamydia and Gonorrhea from a urine sample. We offer free treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Make an appointment for STD testing and to learn more about reducing your risks of contracting a STD.
Different Types of Abortion
Different abortion methods are used at different stages in pregnancy. During your appointment at Crossroads Clinic, one of our client advocates will provide you with medically-accurate information on each type of abortion available to you, make sure you understand what will happen to you during the abortion and present abortion risk-factors so that you can make an informed decision.
Medical AbortionMost Common Form
Medical abortion (or non-surgical abortion) uses RU486 or another type of abortion pill to terminate your pregnancy. This method of abortion is used for women who are within 30 – 49 days of their last menstrual period.
Mifepristone (RU486), Misoprostol, and Methotrexate are drugs used in regimens for medical termination of early pregnancies. These drugs are given by mouth or by injection. After receiving these drugs, you might experience cramping and bleeding, pass clots, tissue, and the embryo within hours or days. Some amount of bleeding is common following non-surgical abortion.
This type of abortion can take up to 3 visits, and may require a surgical procedure if the abortion is incomplete.
Surgical AbortionMost Common Form
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion doesn’t work, you may obtain a surgical abortion. Below are listed the most common types of surgical abortion performed in the first trimester.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA): an abortion performed 3-12 weeks since the last period. It is considered less invasive with only a local anesthesia.
Dilation & Curettage (D & C): a surgical abortion procedure used up to 16 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration.
Dilation & Evacuation (D & E): a surgical abortion procedure used after 16 weeks gestation.
Still have questions? At Crossroads Clinic we take time to listen and understand you first, then provide education on all your abortion options. To learn more about abortion procedures and your options come in today.
What Ultrasounds Provide
We provide confirmation of viable intrauterine pregnancy through ultrasound. Medical professionals recommend that a woman have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion to determine fetal age and viability and rule out tubal pregnancy. Ultrasounds are scheduled at the discretion of our medical staff.