UNM Health abortion clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Whether you need help with family planning or want counseling for an unplanned pregnancy, depend on UNM Health doctors, nurses and staff to provide comforting, nonjudgmental support and informative, personal attention at our Albuquerque, NM, location.
Your care team includes board-certified physicians who have extensive experience in providing personalized birth control and abortion care, as well as highly trained nurses, residents, medical assistants and administrative personnel. In addition, our staff members are trained in abortion options counseling and can provide a variety of community resources, including those for adoption.
Our staff are trained in abortion options counseling and can offer you a wide variety of resources in the community, including those for adoption.
We offer abortion care up to 23 weeks 6 days of gestation (time since your last menstrual period). There are two methods of abortion:
- Medical or surgical abortions are available to you if the pregnancy is under 10 weeks (70 days after your last period). The process entails taking two medications, mifepristone (the Abortion Pill), followed by misoprostol six to 72 hours later. The combination of these two medications causes the pregnancy to pass from your body. It is important to come back to the office a week or two later for an ultrasound to ensure that the medication worked and the pregnancy is gone.
- Surgical abortions are the only option after 10 weeks of gestation. You can have a surgical abortion from very early in pregnancy (six weeks from your last period) through 23 weeks 6 days. The procedure takes as little as 15 minutes to complete but the whole visit may take up to several hours. You will be given pain medication and you may need additional time after the procedure to recover. Since we ensure the pregnancy is removed before the end of the procedure, a follow-up visit is not always necessary. We will do a phone follow-up with you a few days later. If the pregnancy is more advanced, you might have to take medications before the procedure, or your procedure might take two days to complete.
The following pain medication are available to keep you comfortable during the procedure:
- Oral pain medications
- Intravenous sedation
- Nitrous oxide gas
If you opt for a surgical abortion and decide to use pain medication, you must have someone come with you who can drive you home. If you opt to have intravenous sedation, you must not eat anything for six hours prior to your appointment, and you must not drink anything for two hours prior to your appointment. Since we want to ensure that you have all the information you need and everything is thoroughly explained to you, expect to be in our office for at least 4 hours.
We have access to UNM Hospital facilities 24/7 should a complication arise. We also can help if you require an abortion in the operating room due to medical complications.