What Are The Risks of Abortion?


Facing an unplanned pregnancy and seeking abortion information? Before you begin any kind of abortion procedure, it's best to be informed of all the facts and know the options available. For instance, did you know there are different types of abortions?

Below you will find details about each abortion type and the risks and side effects that come with them. Some common risks of abortion include infection or even incomplete abortion.

Medication Abortion (Abortion Pill)

You probably know about a medication abortion by its more common name - the abortion pill. The abortion pill works in a two-part process using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone works by stopping a woman's body from absorbing progesterone: a hormone essential for a healthy pregnancy. A couple of days after your first pill, misoprostol is prescribed to cause cramping and bleeding which will then empty your uterus. Potential risks can include:

Risks of Abortion Pill

– Incomplete abortion, which may require a surgical abortion

– Heavy and prolonged bleeding

– Infection or sepsis

– Fever

– Digestive system discomfort

– Damage to the womb

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are needed if you are more than 10 weeks pregnant. Often referred to as in-clinic abortions, there are a couple of surgical options available: aspiration abortion and dilation and evacuation or D&E. Both aspiration and D&E involve dilating the cervix and using a vacuum-like suction device to completely empty the uterus. Risks of surgical abortions may include:

Risks of Surgical Abortion

– Infection, can require hospitalization

– Cervical damage or tears

– Uterine damage or perforation

– Hemorrhaging which can lead to blood transfusions and/or hospitalization

– Allergic reactions to medications

Knowledge Is Power

Now that you know more about each abortion type and procedure, you can make an informed decision about your pregnancy. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Our team is ready to guide you through this process and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

You and your pregnancy matter to us. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

What Are The Different Types Of Abortion?
What Are the Different Types of Abortion?


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