Are you considering having an abortion?
Are you considering having an abortion? Many women facing unplanned pregnancies think about abortion when weighing their options. Because abortion, like your other pregnancy choices, is a big decision, it’s important to take the time you need to consider your options and learn everything you can about each one.
Below, you will find some information on the types of abortion, risks and more. However, it’s best to talk to a knowledgeable individual regarding the specifics. Our staff can give you more information and answer any questions you may have about abortion in a confidential, non-judgmental environment. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment.
Types of Abortion
There are two main types of abortion: medication and surgical. The type of procedure you have is dependent on how far along you are and what abortion clinics in your area are offering. Learn more about the different types of abortion procedures below or contact us to get additional information.
Medication Abortion (“The Abortion Pill”)
Medication abortion is often referred to as “the abortion pill.” The abortion pill is actually a set of several pills that are taken during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Taking this set of pills will end a pregnancy by cutting off the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy and then inducing labor to expel the contents of the pregnancy vaginally. During this time, women experience severe cramping and bleeding, as well as nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.
There are several types of surgical abortions available, depending on the size of the fetus and the medical clinic. Essentially, a surgical abortion uses surgical tools, local anesthesia and cervix-dilating tools or processes to open the cervix and remove the pregnancy. This procedure uses a mix of suction, forceps or curettage to ensure that all parts of the pregnancy are removed from the uterus. After the procedure, women may experience bleeding, cramping, fever, backaches or additional side effects.
Just like any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with having an abortion, whether surgical or medication. Some of these risks are listed.
Medication Abortion Risks
- Incomplete abortion, resulting in the need for a surgical abortion
- Ongoing pregnancy if the pills are ineffective
- Bleeding, back pain and cramping
- Digestive issues like diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heavy bleeding and cramping
Surgical Abortion Risks
- Cervical tears
- Uterine perforation
- Retained “products of conception”
- Heavy bleeding
- Feeling faint
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Before You Decide
The first step is to take a pregnancy test and if you are eligible have an ultrasound performed. We offer both at our mobile unit completely free of charge. An ultrasound will tell you how far along in your pregnancy you are, which determines the type of abortion available to you. It will also let you know whether you may naturally miscarry, making abortion unnecessary.
After confirming that you have a viable pregnancy that can be carried to term and determining how far along you are, your next step is to consider all your options. Because abortion is a medical procedure, you should learn everything you can before making a final decision.
The Pregnancy Help Center offers options counseling in a private, non-judgmental setting to talk about your concerns and answer your questions about abortion, parenting and adoption. You’ll want to know how each choice would impact your future. That way, you’re making an informed, confident decision regarding your body and your unique situation. If you have questions about abortion or are considering abortion, please contact us today. We’re here to walk with you through the decision-making process.
The Pregnancy Help Center does not offer or refer for abortions.
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