For ending a pregnancy in the first trimester, there are a few options:
A medication abortion is when you can take pills to end a pregnancy at home (or a location of your choosing). It is approved for pregnancies up to 10 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. The pills cause bleeding in order to pass the pregnancy, similar to an early miscarriage.
You can get a medication abortion two different ways:
Procedural abortion in the first trimester is performed by a trained provider at a healthcare facility. Gentle suction is used to remove the pregnancy. It can be used for pregnancies up to 12-14 weeks*, depending on your state’s laws.
All of these options are safe and effective, so your choice should be based on what’s important to you.