If you look up abortion online, you’ll find overwhelming amounts of information from people who will profit from your decision.

At Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, we choose to talk to you about abortion because we believe that you deserve to have the essential information you need to make an educated decision—and we don’t profit from your choice.

Read on to learn the basics you need to know about abortion. Or, if you’re looking to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy options and learn about free resources, contact us today to schedule a private appointment.

How Does Abortion Work?

Abortion terminates a pregnancy, but there are different methods.

A medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”) uses two powerful drugs to terminate and expel a pregnancy from your uterus and out through your vagina. These drugs are taken at home and are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under; if you attempt to take them later, it puts you at risk for potentially serious complications.

A surgical abortion is done in a clinic. It involves dilating your cervix so that medical instruments (like strong suction and scraping tools) can enter the uterus to terminate and remove the pregnancy. This is an option later in pregnancy.

What Are the Risks of Abortion?

Both types of abortion come with risks to your health.

The main risk associated with medical abortion is an incomplete abortion. This occurs when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus. This can lead to a potentially life-threatening infection and sepsis. Other risks include:

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

The risks associated with a surgical abortion include:

  • Uterine perforation (which is when the surgical instruments poke a hole in your uterus)
  • Uterine scarring (which can cause painful periods and future infertility)
  • Cervical damage
  • Infection

How Can I Protect My Health?

No matter what pregnancy decision you’re contemplating, getting an ultrasound first is essential. This simple scan will reveal the key details you need to know to stay safe.

You’ll also want to learn all you can about each option to ensure you’re making the best choice for you.

At Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, we’re here for you. We can provide ultrasound referrals and medically accurate information about your options, plus the space to explore your thoughts and feelings.

You’re not alone in this. Contact us today to schedule a free, private appointment today. We’re here for you.