Abortion Procedure Information

Surgical Abortion Information

If you are considering an abortion, get the answers you need to make an informed choice.  Remember that abortion is a medical procedure. What type of abortion will you have? What are the risks? What happens after an abortion? 

Get the answers you need before you decide.

Get the Care You Need

So you can confidentially say,

this is MyChoice.

The Cost of an Abortion

Abortion costs are determined by several ​​factors, including but not limited to:​

  • Abortion method
  • Gestation (how far along you are)
  • Single or multiple pregnancies 

Vacuum aspiration is the most commonly performed abortion procedure in New York.

Suction Aspiration Abortion

A suction aspiration abortion procedure can be performed anytime after a pregnancy has been confirmed and up to 13 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. It is the most common early surgical abortion method, also known as a D&C abortion.

It is an outpatient procedure performed at an abortion clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. The procedure can take three to six hours, depending on how far along you are and other medical conditions. Before the procedure begins, you will receive medications for pain management. Patients typically remain awake during the procedure.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

A D&E abortion is typically performed 13 weeks or more after a woman’s last known period (LMP). It is the most common second-trimester surgical abortion method. Local anesthesia or sedation is commonly utilized. 

If you think you may be in your second trimester and are looking for options, contact us for a no-cost consultation. While we do not refer for or provide abortion services, we can give you the answers you need to make an informed choice. 

Dilation and Extraction (D&X)

Abortion is legal in New York until birth. Dilation and extraction is a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy in the second and third trimesters.

After an Abortion

Following a surgical abortion, an ultrasound may be used to confirm that all the fetal parts have been removed. The patient is often given medication to contract the uterus and reduce bleeding.

Surgical Abortion Side Effects and Risks

There are risks to any surgery. The majority of abortion procedures are called blind procedures, which means the doctor or medical professional is relying on surgical instruments and cannot see inside the uterus. 

Side effects can include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reactions to the anesthesia 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infection
  • Emotional side effects
  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Sepsis
  • Death


Occasionally, some women need another procedure to remove parts of the fetus or pregnancy that have stayed in the womb.

Why Choose MyChoice

We put you first here. An abortion is a serious decision and you deserve a safe space to talk about what to expect, recovery, risks, and the options available to you. Make an appointment today for a free pregnancy confirmation and options consultation. While we do not refer for or provide abortion services, we can determine how far along you are, inform you about the options available to you, and answer your questions. 

Because we believe that women deserve a place to learn about their options without pressure or a sales pitch, all our services are available at no cost to you.


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American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013). Practice Bulletin: Second-Trimester Abortion (135).

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