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1016 Fairfax St., Radford, VA 24141

Blacksburg: (540) 552-5556 Radford: (540) 838-2138

Facts About Abortion

Valley Women’s Clinic offers accurate medical information about all pregnancy options; however we do not perform or refer for abortion procedures.

Abortion procedures vary in complexity and cost based on the length of time since a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP). Our medical staff can explain the different types of abortion, give you an opportunity to ask questions, and provide accurate medical information so you can make an informed decision about your pregnancy.

Before deciding about abortion, you need to find out if you’re really pregnant and how far along you are. Request an appointment at one of our clinics for a free pregnancy confirmation.

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Or call one of our offices:
Blacksburg: (540) 552-5556
Radford: (540) 838-2138

Valley Women’s Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions. This protects our clients because clinics that do abortions make money from that procedure. We are able to give you medically accurate, unbiased information because we don’t do abortions or have any referral relationships with clinics that do.

Information About Abortion Procedures:

RU-486 (Abortion Pill): within 4 to 7 weeks after LMP

This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given mifepristone to take orally. This drug blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy and causes the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, the second drug, misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo. The last visit (14 days later) is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the procedure has been completed. Most RU-486 abortions are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or 4 weeks. If this method fails a surgical abortion will be required. Physical side effects may include: heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramping.

NOTE: RU-486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman.

FDA Information on Mifeprex (RU-486)


Manual Vacuum Aspiration: up to 7 weeks after LMP

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.

Suction Curettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus.

Source: “Abortion: Making an Informed Decision.” Virginia Department of Health, 2010.