Thinking About Abortion?
Even days after finding out you’re pregnant, you may still be unsure about what pregnancy option you’ll choose. It’s important to know that you do not have to make a decision right away.
We are here to help. Our team can provide you with updated medical information about how abortions work, the different abortion procedures, and any risks associated. They can also help to answer all your questions related to your pregnancy.
What Are the Types of Abortion?
Also known as the abortion pill (RU-486), medication abortion involves two different drugs that terminate a pregnancy. The first drug, Mifepristone, is given by a medical professional and followed by a second abortion drug called Misoprostol, taken at home 24-48 hours later.
Mifepristone works to block the progesterone hormone and causes the lining of the uterus to thin, stopping the embryo from growing. Misoprostol makes the uterus contract and releases the contents of the pregnancy.
Possible Risks of Medication Abortions:
- An ongoing, unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
The types of surgical abortions are D&E, D&C, and Aspiration. A D&E procedure (Dilation and Evacuation) is done after 14 weeks, D&C is done up to 10 weeks, and Aspiration procedure is up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
In all types of surgical abortions, the cervix is dilated and vacuum suction is used to remove all the contents of the pregnancy. A D&E abortion normally involves more instruments to remove the tissue (with forceps). With a D&C abortion, doctors dialate and curettage is used to diagnose or treat things like heavy bleeding, or to clear the lining of the uterus after a miscarriage or abortion.
Possible Risks of Surgical Abortions:
- Heavy bleeding
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
Do I Qualify?
It’s always a good idea to start out with a lab-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy and to accurately know how far along you are. You’ll also find out if there are any pregnancy complications or concerns. We can help you get the clarity you need.