Facing an unplanned pregnancy is often difficult. Perhaps you don’t want kids. Maybe you don’t have the financial support you need. These and so many other reasons can make you feel helpless and overwhelmed. It is important to get all of the facts so that you can make the decision that is best for you.

What Can I Expect When Having an Abortion?

Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. During a medical abortion, two medications are used: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from continuing to attach to the uterine wall, while misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels both the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.

Surgical abortion occurs when a woman is farther along in her pregnancy. During a surgical abortion, the provider uses medication or small surgical instruments to dilate the cervix. Next, they use a suctioning technique or an instrument called a curette to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.

Are There Any Risks?

Having an abortion can carry physical and emotional consequences, and there are certain risks that you should be aware of. For medical abortion, these risks include:

– Abdominal pain
– Excessive bleeding
– Serious infection
– Incomplete abortion, which will likely require a surgical abortion

It is important to be aware of the risks of surgical abortion as well:

– Uterine perforation
– Damage to the cervix or uterus
– Infection
– Heavy bleeding
– Incomplete removal of pregnancy tissue
– Trouble breathing due to anesthesia

Side Effects

While risks are uncommon, side effects tend to occur more frequently and can present several challenges to women following an abortion. It is important to know what these side effects are and seek immediate medical attention if they are severe:

– Nausea
– Diarrhea
– Headache
– Weakness
– Cramping
– Vaginal bleeding

Because we are pro-woman and a non-profit, we do not provide or refer for abortion services. It is important to safeguard your health and be informed about abortion procedures prior to making a decision. Contact us to set your appointment. Your wellbeing matters!