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Surgical Abortion

We offer surgical abortion services to patients in their first or second trimester of pregnancy (up to 21 weeks from last menstrual period). In the first trimester, our physicians perform a vacuum aspiration procedure, which is the most common first trimester abortion procedure. During the second trimester, our physicians use the Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) technique, which is the most common procedure.

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Surgical Procedure

After administering anesthesia, this procedure begins with gentle opening (dilating) of the uterus (cervix).

The physician then inserts a small tube connected to an aspirator, a medical instrument that creates a gentle suction, to remove the contents of the uterus.

Prior to the procedure, we administer a medication called Misoprostol, more commonly known as cytotec. The patient is required to wait for an average of 2 hours.

The physician then performs the surgery (under anesthesia) by using medical instruments to evacuate the uterus.

For the comfort of our patients, this procedure is performed under anesthesia.

This procedure occurs over two days and our patients are required to remain in the Atlanta area overnight. On the first day, the physician places laminaria, a medically prepared seaweed, into the opening of the uterus (cervix) to gently open it.

On the second day, after the cervix has been sufficiently dilated, the physician performs the surgery (under anesthesia) by using medical instruments to evacuate the uterus.

What to Expect

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before the day of your procedure. 

You will undergo an ultrasound exam to confirm the length of pregnancy. 

We will perform routine blood tests before the procedure.  

We strongly believe in every person’s right to choose the outcome of their pregnancy and support them in whatever decision they make. If you are undecided, we provide resources and counseling to support you through this time. We will not perform an abortion on a patient who has not made a decision of their own free will or who is not ready to make a decision. If a pregnant person is firm in their decision, then the counselor reviews informed consent, answers questions about the procedure, explores birth control options, if needed, and reviews after care instructions.

A follow-up visit will be required for some patients.

Your body will undergo a lot changes due to a dramatic drop in pregnancy hormones. Many patients may experience cramping, bleeding, vomiting or nausea. If so, these symptoms should go away within 24 hours. You will receive specific aftercare instructions at the end of your appointment. You can also read them here. In case of an emergency, please contact us at 404-728-7900 or 1-800-877-6013.

See our pricing page for estimated prices. Final prices will be determined at the time of your visit and depending on your particular medical history and needs. Financial assistance is available. 

Pregnancy Calculator

Enter the first day of your last period to see your options

Please use this calculator before selecting your options from the appointment form below. Note: Seeing a trained medical professional is the only way to accurately determine the length of your pregnancy and what options are available.

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Book an Appointment

Our trained health educators will assist you with setting up an appointment at your convenience and will answer any questions you may have. You can schedule your appointment in Spanish as well. View our pricing page for estimated prices.