Abortion may be something you’re considering when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy. It can seem a bit overwhelming right now to make a decision. Here are the facts about the types of abortion procedures, with the risks that come along with them.
Two Types of Abortion
1. Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
Many times referred to as “the abortion pill,” medical abortion is a two-step process. First, Mifepristone is prescribed, which blocks the womb from absorbing progesterone – also known as “the pregnancy hormone.” This drug causes the lining of the uterus to thin, preventing the pregnancy from implantation and growing any further.
Next, Misoprostol is taken, which causes the uterus to go into birth-like contractions and releases the pregnancy through the vagina.
The Risks of Medical Abortion
- Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed up by surgical abortion)
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Digestive system discomfort
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
2. Surgical Abortion
There is more than one type of surgical abortion procedure, done based on how far along you are in your pregnancy.
Dilation and curettage (D&C) are normally done around 13-15 weeks which is done with suction and another instrument that scrapes the lining, placenta, and pregnancy from the uterus.
Dilation and evacuation (D&E) removes a pregnancy past 15 weeks and uses a vacuum, scraping instrument, and forceps to remove the pregnancy.
The Risks of Surgical Abortion
The Mayo Clinic lists these as potential risks of surgical abortion…
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
At First Choice Reproductive Health, we provide free and confidential pregnancy testing and limited obstetrical ultrasounds. We can share more information about your pregnancy options in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
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