Are you considering the option of abortion after finding out you are unexpectedly pregnant? We know this time can be stressful, and you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. Here are the facts regarding abortion so you can make an informed decision.
Be sure to complete pregnancy confirmation to safeguard your health and confirm your options. We can help.
Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
Normally done in an early trimester of pregnancy, medical abortion (also called the abortion pill) consists of two different drugs that terminate an existing pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.
First, mifepristone blocks the body’s progesterone production, a hormone essential for pregnancy. This causes the uterus lining to thin and stops an embryo from growing. Next, Misoprostol causes strong uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy through the vagina.
Potential risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Digestive system discomfort
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
There is more than one type of surgical abortion done at different points of pregnancy. Normally, a surgical abortion involves the process of opening and softening the cervix for dilation and using a suction tool (and other tools) to remove the pregnancy.
Potential risks of surgical abortion include:
- Uterine perforation
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Vaginal bleeding and cramping
How Far Along Are You?
You will need to know the answer to this pregnancy question to determine your pregnancy options, including abortion. The FDA only recommends medical abortion for women up to 70 days gestation. Get an ultrasound to determine how far along you are and the health of your pregnancy.