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410-377-2871
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Abortion Procedures

What are the types of abortion available in Baltimore?

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is usually performed after 11 weeks of pregnancy. There are two types of surgical abortions; an aspiration abortion using a vacuum or a dilation and evacuation abortion (D & E), using a vacuum and a metal loop shaped tool called a curette. Both take place in a clinic and require time for observation afterwards and recuperation at home.

Abortion Pill (At-home Abortion)

The abortion pill1 (the two-pill process) is the most common medication abortion procedure used in the US to end a pregnancy. The FDA has approved the first pill in this procedure for women up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. This procedure is also known as a chemical abortion, medication abortion, at-home abortion, telemed abortion, and more – but they are all referring to the same method of an early abortion. Before taking this medication, read the facts, know the risks and side effects and especially review the warnings given by the FDA below.

Abortion Pill Procedure

The Medication Abortion is a process.

  1. An assessment will be performed at an abortion clinic, and then the patient will be given the first pill at the clinic. This first pill blocks the production of progesterone1, a hormone necessary to support a pregnancy. This works to cut off the lifeline to the baby.
  2. Next, patients get their second dose of a different medication1 to take at home two days later. You can expect cramping and bleeding for 6-19 days, or even up to 30 days in this phase, which works to expel the embryo.
  3. If the medication abortion fails, a surgical abortion will be necessary. You will return to the abortion provider within a week to 14 days to assess whether or not the medication abortion procedure worked and if you will need to have a surgical abortion.  

Abortion Pill Side Effects

Below are some of the possible side effects and risks. Request an appointment with us to learn more about the abortion pill. 

Side effects include weakness, headache, fever/chills, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness for up to 3 days2.

Serious side effects include excessive bleeding, pelvic infection and failure to terminate pregnancy1.

If the medical abortion fails to terminate the pregnancy, your doctor may perform an ultrasound to determine if you require a surgical abortion1.

FDA Warnings

The FDA warns women to only obtain this drug from certified prescribers. Some of the requirements for becoming a certified prescriber are: the ability to ascertain how many weeks along the pregnancy is and confirm that it is not ectopic and also to be able to provide or refer for surgical intervention and emergency services, if necessary2. Do NOT buy the abortion pill from just anyone over the internet. For your safety, you should continue to follow up with your physician throughout the process. 

The FDA2 warns that women with an ectopic pregnancy (implantation in the fallopian tubes) or women who have an IUD in place should not take this drug. Women taking blood thinners or those who have medical conditions such as seizure disorders, bleeding disorders, or certain heart, liver, kidney or lung diseases are not candidates for the abortion pill.

New Abortion Pill Option

Recently, some organizations in the U.S. have begun to dispense another medication abortion option than the one above, even though it is not yet approved by the FDA to be used alone as an abortifacient. This option makes use of the second pill only and can be used up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. 3-4 doses of the pill are taken every three hours, resulting in bleeding and cramping to expel the fetus. This typically lasts several hours, though the bleeding can continue for two weeks. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills. Be sure to discuss possible serious side effects with your doctor, so you know what to look for. In addition to a higher chance of side effects, this method is also less effective than the two-pill method approved by the FDA and is more likely to require further measures to terminate your pregnancy. As with the two-pill method, it is critical for your safety that, before taking any abortion pills, you have an ultrasound to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and the location of the fetus. Call us now to make an appointment for a FREE ultrasound: 410-377-2871.

Changed Your Mind?

If you are having second thoughts or doubts after taking the first dose of the first pill in the two-pill process (the one approved by the FDA), it may not be too late! It’s urgent that you call within 24-48 hours, or as soon as possible after taking that first dose, in order to deliver a healthy baby. 

Call the 24/7 hotline now: (877) 558-0333

Are you considering an at-home abortion?

Are you unsure how far along you are in your pregnancy? Since 1982, we have been assisting women and supporting them through the process. Our client advocates and medical professionals can offer you FREE, confidential and caring services to help you determine what is best for you. 

Call, Text, or Request an appointment online today to learn more.

Are you considering an at-home abortion?

Are you unsure how far along you are in your pregnancy? Since 1982, we have been assisting women and supporting them through the process. Our client advocates and medical professionals can offer you FREE, confidential and caring services to help you determine what is best for you.
Call, Text, or Request an appointment online today to learn more.

Post Abortive Healing

There’s help after an abortion. There is a range of emotions after any kind of abortion, including relief, guilt, loss, sadness and depression. You may benefit from speaking with a counselor or trained professional – or even from connecting with others who have had similar experiences.

Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul.

Our Services

Know the facts and risks by contacting us. A medical abortion is a serious decision, with emotional and spiritual side effects in addition to the physical. You are not alone. We can help.

We offer FREE ultrasounds to determine gestational age and confirm if your pregnancy is in the uterus, and will speak with you in more detail regarding all of your choices in a confidential and private environment.

We are here for you.

Call Us 410-377-2871 or Text Us 410-970-3897.

Frequently Asked Questions

While every woman’s reaction to pain is different, a medication abortion can be experienced as more painful than menstrual cramps, but less painful than childbirth. In addition, a medication abortion may feel less painful than a surgical abortion, however, women experience pain for a longer period of time because of the nature of the abortion pill process.5

The first oral medication will block the production of the hormone progesterone, which cuts off the lifeline to the fetus. The second oral medication will cause cramping and bleeding, and finally the expulsion of the fetus.

Women can experience a few or all of the following symptoms when undergoing an at-home abortion, otherwise known as the abortion pill. Here are some of the side effects of this procedure:

  • bleeding, sometimes severe
  • blood clots, some very large
  • mild to severe cramping
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • breast tenderness
  • vomiting
  • chills
  • low-grade fever
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue

A medication abortion may last from 3 days to 2 weeks.

The FDA strongly warns women NOT to buy the abortion pill over the internet because there currently are no safeguards and they do not approve this drug coming from other countries. You must only accept this drug from an approved physician and continue to follow up with the physician to confirm that the fetus is expelled.

If you are under 10 weeks along in pregnancy, you would be eligible for a medication abortion. Serious complications could occur if you take this oral medication after 10 weeks. At Towson Women’s Care, we offer FREE pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to confirm your pregnancy, verify that you have an intrauterine pregnancy (if ectopic, taking the abortion pill would be dangerous), and determine how far along you are.

What Our Clients Are Saying

They do wonderful work here at this center! They love and care for each woman and their unborn child that walks through the doors. Their mission is to help women who find themselves in a difficult situation such as an unplanned pregnancy. They walk with them every step of the way by offering support in many different ways from goods they might need to parenting classes. You won't find a more loving and caring organization!
Brenda E.
This is according to me the best place. They are very welcoming and also it’s neat and clean highly recommend.
Ines S.
Towson Women's Care made me feel very comfortable. They touched base a lot of what I was thinking about. I was concerned about abortion and the procedure and costs without judging me. It was very informative.
Judy E.

What Our Clients Are Saying

They do wonderful work here at this center! They love and care for each woman and their unborn child that walks through the doors. Their mission is to help women who find themselves in a difficult situation such as an unplanned pregnancy. They walk with them every step of the way by offering support in many different ways from goods they might need to parenting classes. You won't find a more loving and caring organization!
Brenda E.
This is according to me the best place. They are very welcoming and also it’s neat and clean highly recommend.
Ines S.
Towson Women's Care made me feel very comfortable. They touched base a lot of what I was thinking about. I was concerned about abortion and the procedure and costs without judging me. It was very informative.
Judy E.

Questions & Answers

Yes, we are not currently taking walk-ins. To make an appointment, please text us at (410) 970-3897 or call us at (410) 377-2871.

We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you or a friend might be pregnant.

After completing paperwork, you will meet with our professionals to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be administered. With a positive pregnancy test result, we will perform an ultrasound to confirm whether or not you have a viable (living), intrauterine pregnancy.

All our services are provided free of charge.

All you need is your photo ID. 

Absolutely, you can bring your boyfriend, family member or friend. We will talk with you privately first. Then provided you have given us consent to have them in the room, your guest will be able to join you.

We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention, etc.).

Although Towson Women’s Care does not perform nor refer for abortions, we are here to support you during an unplanned pregnancy. At our center we do offer help and support to women who are deciding between abortion, parenting or adoption. We understand that although this moment in your life may feel completely out of control and insurmountable, we are here for you. All of our services are FREE and Confidential. Since 1982 we have been helping women in your exact situation and we are here to tell you that there is hope.