ABORTION INFORMATION Houma, Louisiana
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Hope Restored offers free pregnancy services and abortion information in Houma, Louisiana. If you’re considering taking abortion pills, at-home methods or getting an in-clinic abortion out of state, we provide information on what to do before an abortion. Because abortion is restricted in our state, we recommend you KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.
Methods of Abortion
Medication abortion also called the abortion pill, can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant). The abortion pill is taken in two doses, one typically at a doctor’s office and the other at home.1
The FDA specifically warns people not to buy the abortion pill, or the generic version on the Internet because it by-passes safeguards.2,3
There are several types of surgical abortions. Suction aspiration, also called suction curettage, or vacuum aspiration abortion, is performed during the first 6 to 14 weeks gestational stage. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another type of procedure typically done in later weeks. Both types have risks and side-effects and greatly vary depending on your gestation and health.4
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WHAT TO DO BEFORE ABORTION IN HOUMA, LA
Know Before You Go
1. LEARN MORE ABOUT Louisiana ABORTION LAWS
If you live in Louisiana you’re probably unsure what to do with the new abortion restrictions. We can answer any questions you have. Call (985) 872-4994 for more information.
2. GET A FREE ULTRASOUND
If your pregnancy test is positive, our center provides limited obstetric ultrasounds free of charge. An ultrasound will help you learn more about your pregnancy and your options. *restrictions may apply
An ultrasound is often recommended before an abortion for several reasons:
Do an ultrasound exam to date pregnancy. Knowing your menstrual cycle dates can help, but having an ultrasound is the most certain way to get exact dates for your pregnancy.5
Find out if your pregnancy is viable. 26% percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, but the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy.6 If you do not have a viable pregnancy, an abortion may not even be necessary. Get an ultrasound exam to confirm a viable pregnancy.
Can you take the Abortion Pill? Before taking the abortion pill, you will need to know exactly how far along you are and a few other things as well.7,8 The FDA has only approved the abortion pill for up to 10 weeks from the LMP. Taking the abortion pill later in pregnancy is associated with increased risk of complications, such as an incomplete abortion or severe bleeding.9 We can help you learn more about your pregnancy and if the abortion pill is an option for you.
The gestational age of the pregnancy determines the types of abortion procedures typically used. If you can’t have a medical abortion, or don’t prefer that method, a surgical procedure may be an option.
Contact us to learn more about abortion and your options in Houma, Louisiana.
1. MEDICAL ABORTION
Information taken from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information
4. SURGICAL ABORTIONS
- Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E. S., Borgatta, L., Grimes, D. A., Stubblefield, P. G., & Creinin, M. D. (2009). First Trimester Aspiration Abortion. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (pp. 135-156).
- Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. (2014). In-Clinic Abortion Procedures : Planned Parenthood. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013). Practice Bulletin: Second-Trimester Abortion (135).
- Pasquini, L., et al. Intracardiac injection of potassium chloride as method for feticide: Experience from a single U.K. tertiary centre. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008;115(4):528–31.
5. Mayo Clinic. (2020, November 6). Fetal ultrasound. Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/multimedia/fetal-ultrasound/sls-20076294
6. Dugas C, Slane VH. Miscarriage. [Updated 2022 Jun 27]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532992/
7. Mayo Clinic. (2022, July 29). Medical abortion: Before Using. Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687
- Physician’s Desk Reference. (2022). Korlym (mifepristone) Contraindications dose, indications, adverse effects, interactions… from PDR.net. https://www.pdr.net/drug-summary/Korlym-mifepristone-2928#11
- Physician’s Desk Reference Guide. (2022). Cytotec (misoprostol) dose, indications, adverse effects, interactions… from PDR.net. https://www.pdr.net/drug-summary/Cytotec-misoprostol-1044.430#11
8. Mayo Clinic. (2022, March 12). Ectopic pregnancy – Symptoms and causes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/symptoms-causes/syc-20372088
9. Mentula MJ, Niinimäki M, Suhonen S, Hemminki E, Gissler M, Heikinheimo O. Immediate adverse events after second trimester medical termination of pregnancy: results of a nationwide registry study. Hum Reprod. 2011 Apr;26(4):927-32. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der016. Epub 2011 Feb 11. PMID: 21317416.