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Alamo Women's Clinic
Coastal Birth Control Center

San Antonio, TX
210-614-4742

Corpus Christi, TX
361-888-7972
Since 1974
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Abortion Services
The State of Texas requires a pre visit at least 24 hours prior to any abortion service.

Surgical Abortion
   |    Abortion by Pill (RU 486)    |    Abortion by Shot


Our staff will qualify you for a grant from NAF. You will not have to call NAF. The grant will lower the fee by the amount you qualify for.


Surgical Abortion (up to 15.6 weeks from conception). 



How is it done?
The method used is vacuum aspiration. A small tube is inserted into the uterus and aspiration or suction is used to empty the contents of the uterus.




Does it hurt?
We make every effort to insure that you will be as comfortable as possible during the abortion. In addition to local anesthetic we offer I.V. sedation to help you relax and to decrease the cramping at no extra cost.



How long will I be at the office?

The entire visit takes approximately 2 hours. Before the abortion procedure you will have some forms to complete, lab tests and an ultrasound examination. You are also given an opportunity to talk with the physician, a nurse, a staff member to address any questions or concerns. After the procedure, you will rest in our recovery area for approximately 20-30 minutes.



Do I need anyone’s permission for an abortion?

Texas law requires parental consent for anyone under 18. Please contact our office for instructions. If you feel that is not an option, there is an organization that can help you obtain an abortion legally with out parental consent called Jane’s Due Process. They can be reached toll free at (866) WWW-JANE or contacted on the Internet at www.janesdueprocess.org.

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Is it safe?
Abortion is a very safe, procedure that has been perfected over the past 30 years. In fact, it is considered one of the safest surgical procedures when performed by a skilled physician. Our physician has over 36 years of experience and his goal is to provide the best medical care in order to protect your future fertility. Complications are very rare and we have a "very low" complication rate. An abortion should not impact your ability to have children in the future.



How do I prepare for the visit?

We ask that you not have anything to eat or drink 6 hours before your appointment. Shower or bathe as usual and dress comfortably. As a courtesy to other patients, we do not allow children in our waiting area. Be sure to bring picture ID and your payment in cash, credit card or money order. If you are receiving sedation, it is required that you have someone to drive you home.



What does 24 hour consent mean?

Texas Law requires that you receive specific information from the physician at least 24 hours before having the abortion. You must schedule a pre visit at the clinic to receive this information in person.




When can I return to normal activities?

Most women feel fine the day after the abortion and are able to return to normal activities. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you can return to work/school. You should monitor your own symptoms and be sure to take all medications as you were instructed. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions, please read these carefully and call if you have any questions or concerns.

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Non-Surgical Abortion (Abortion Pill )



What is a Medical Abortion?
This is an abortion caused by taking medication to end a pregnancy. Most common method is RU 486 / Mifepristone and Misoprostol to induce an abortion.




When is Medical Abortion Used?
Medical abortions can be performed as early as a pregnancy can be confirmed. Medical abortion is available through 7 weeks from the last menstrual period. After that time, surgical abortion is the safest and best option.




How the medication works:



Mifepristone. Mifepristone (the abortion pill or RU-486) is a medication that was developed and tested specifically as an abortion-inducing agent. It was first licensed in France in 1988, and is sometimes referred to as the “French pill”. Since then, it has been used safely by millions of women worldwide. It was approved for use in the US in September 2000. Mifepristone is taken in the form of a pill. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which causes the pregnancy to stop growing. It also causes the tissues to separate from the thinning uterus lining, causing the same result as a miscarriage.



Misoprostol. After taking Mifepristone, a second drug, Misoprostol, is taken. Misoprostol tablets are taken to cause the cervix to soften, uterus to contract and bleeding to begin which ends the pregnancy. This method of abortion is done in the privacy of your home and is non-invasive.


How long does the medical abortion take?

Most women complete this method within 2-6 hours after taking the Misoprostol. The majority of our patients complete the process within 24 hours of taking the abortion pill in our office




Possible Complications:
About 95%-98% of women will have a successful medical abortion. Complications are rare, however, a small percentage of women (approximately 0.5-2%) will need a suction aspiration (similar to a surgical abortion) because of heavy or prolonged bleeding.



Medical abortion is not recommended if you:
• Are more than 49 days pregnant.
• Taking anti-clotting medication or have blood clotting disorders.
• Have severe heart, liver, or active inflammatory bowel disease.
• Have certain severe kidney problems.
• Have a serious immune system problem, such as HIV.
• Have seizures more than once a week.
• Take any medicine that should not be combined with Misoprostol.

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Methotrexate or Abortion Shot

NO LONGER LEGAL FOR USE IN TEXAS

Methotrexate.
The FDA approved methotrexate in 1953 to treat certain types of cancer. Since that time, medical researchers have discovered other important uses for the drug. One of these uses is to end unintended pregnancies. Although the FDA did not consider Methotrexate for this specific purpose, clinicians may prescribe Methotrexate in an early abortion. It is usually given to a pregnant woman in the form of an injection, or shot, although it also can be taken orally. It stops the ongoing implantation process that occurs during the first several weeks after conception. We use this method most often is cases of suspected ectopic pregnancies.

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