There are two main types of abortions:
Both of these procedures should be discussed in depth to understand the risks, complications, and options available to you. Reach out to your local pregnancy center or a trusted provider to make an appointment and discuss what might be right for you.
What Is A Medical Abortion?
A medical abortion uses a medication regimen to terminate a pregnancy. Due to this, it is commonly known as a chemical abortion.
The two medications used are mifepristone and misoprostol. This drug combination is also known as the abortion pill.
Mifepristone works by thinning uterine walls, causing the embryo to become detached. Then, misoprostol is taken and causes contractions to push the embryo and pregnancy tissue out of the body.
Some risks associated with this procedure that women should discuss with a trusted professional are:
- 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
Can I Stop A Medical Abortion?
If you have begun the medical abortion process but feel you made the wrong choice, it may not be too late. Some women start this process but realize this isn’t the right option for them.
If you feel this way, you aren’t alone, and we recommend you immediately reach out to the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at (877) 558-0333. Abortion Pill Reversal can have excellent outcomes and is safe and effective. However, timing is essential, so please do not delay.
What Is A Surgical Abortion?
A surgical abortion is an invasive method to terminate a pregnancy. There are two types of surgical abortions:
- Dilation and Curettage (D&C): This is performed during the 1st trimester and uses small instruments or medication to dilate the cervix. Your provider then uses a surgical instrument called a curette, which can be a sharp instrument or suction device, to remove uterine tissue.
- Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): This is performed during the 2nd trimester and usually includes a combination of vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage (D&C), and the use of surgical instruments (such as forceps).
Some risks associated with these procedures include:
- Injury to the cervix
- Injury to the uterus
- Scar tissue formation
Where Can I Go to Discuss My Options?
Contact us today to discuss your options and what might be right for you. We offer free, confidential appointments with no-cost pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options information.
You deserve to have all the facts to make an informed decision that’s right for you. We will provide you with the support and answers you seek, no matter what.