It is important that you fully consider all of your options when making the decision whether or not to terminate your pregnancy. Depending on how far along your pregnancy is, you may have different abortion methods available to you.

At Equality Health Center we offer medication and surgical abortions. The medication abortion, often called abortion by pill, can be done up to 9 weeks (63 days). Surgical abortions are done up to 15 weeks & 6 days, counting from the first day of your last normal menstrual period. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods, and there are various reasons why women choose one method or the other. There may also be medical or social reasons why one method would be more appropriate for you.

Comparison of Surgical and Medical Abortions


Surgical Abortion


Medical Abortion

  • High success rate (about 99%)
  • High success rate (about 95-98%)
  • Instruments inserted into the uterus
  • Usually avoids surgical procedure
  • Can be done in one visit. Since it’s an outpatient procedure, the appointment will take 4-5 hours.
  • Requires two visits: first visit is 2 hours; second visit is 30 minutes.
  • Actual Procedure is completed in 10-15 minutes
  • Most women find the abortion can take up to 6-8 hours to complete after taking the second medication
  • May be used early in pregnancy – from 6 weeks to 15 weeks & 6 days
  • May be used early in pregnancy – from 6 weeks to 9 weeks
  • Local anesthesia, oral pain medication, and anti-anxiety medication is available
  • Oral pain medication can be used if needed for cramps
  • Procedure is done in a medical office
  • The process can be done at home
  • Health care provider provides the procedure
  • Medications cause a process similar to a miscarriage


For more information about what a medication or surgical abortion appointment involves, please see “What To Expect” on this website.

Still not sure which method is right for you? Click and go through the workbook called “Abortion: Which Method is Right for Me?”

When you call to make your appointment, if you continue to have any questions or concerns, our staff will be happy to discuss them with you and help reach a decision you are content with.