If you are considering abortion, we are here to help you sort through your questions and concerns. There is a lot to know before you make a decision, and we are here to better inform you about the process. There are a couple of steps to take before making your decision regarding abortion. Read on to learn more about the abortion process, and contact us when you are ready to talk through your options.
Types Of Abortion Procedures
Different abortion procedures are done at different points of pregnancy. Medical abortion and surgical abortion are your choices, and both involve potential risks and side effects. It’s important to understand how they work before making your final pregnancy decision.
1. Medical Abortion
There are two drugs used in the medical abortion (the abortion pill) process: mifepristone and misoprostol. Confirm how far along you are today with a free ultrasound at our center.
This first drug is usually taken at a doctor’s office or abortion clinic, but it may also be taken at home. Mifepristone blocks the progesterone hormone produced in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Blocking this hormone prevents the embryo from implanting or growing.
Misoprostol is the second medication taken during the abortion pill process and is typically taken at home. This drug causes the uterus to contract and release the embryo through the vagina. With every major medical procedure comes serious physical risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, the possible risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
2. Surgical Abortion
Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) and Dilation & Curettage (D&C) are the two types of surgical abortion. Each procedure dilates your cervix and uses vacuum aspiration and surgical tools to remove the pregnancy from the uterus.
There are serious risks of surgical abortion to consider before moving forward. Each type of surgical abortion uses similar processes of termination and comes with similar risks, including:
- Perforation of the uterus (when a surgical instrument pokes a hole in the uterus)
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Excessive bleeding
Before An Abortion
An ultrasound is the best way to get the information you need before making a decision about your pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how far along you are, can determine that the pregnancy is located in the uterus, and will check for viability. For more information, contact us to learn how to receive a no-cost initial pregnancy confirmation ultrasound.
We offer confidential and accurate pregnancy testing, a limited ultrasound, and options education; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion or provide birth control.