Like any medical procedure, abortion carries risks. It is a significant decision that requires serious thought. Luckily, your local pregnancy center can provide free options counseling and abortion information so that you’re adequately informed.
We’ll review the risks of medical and surgical abortion procedures so that you can educate yourself about what could occur. Remember, although not all of these risks are likely, there is still a possibility you could experience them.
Risks of Medical Abortion
Medical abortion is performed in early pregnancy, typically during the first 70 days. Two medications are used to terminate the pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone that helps to sustain the pregnancy. Then, misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.
Typical side effects of medical abortion include abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. But there are risks you should be aware of:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
As with any abortion procedure, you’ll want to ensure you have access to follow-up care and can monitor yourself for concerning symptoms. Your health is the highest priority!
Risks of Surgical Abortion
Surgical abortion is a more complicated procedure typically performed in the later stages of pregnancy. The most common surgical abortion procedure is dilation and curettage (D & C), which uses a combination of medication, surgical instruments, and a suctioning technique to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.
As with medical abortions, you may experience cramping and bleeding. But the risks associated with this particular procedure can be quite severe:
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
If you experience symptoms like a fever or lightheadedness, don’t delay going to the emergency room. Staying on top of your health and protecting yourself from further complications is crucial.
I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Now?
If you’re pregnant, a million things may run through your mind. New Beginnings of Winchester is here to give you the support you need with various free services such as ultrasounds and options counseling.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. You’re worth it!