What will you do with your unplanned pregnancy? Whether you are considering parenting, adoption, or abortion, it is important to do your research before you make a decision. The more information you have, the more confident you can be about your choice. 

You don’t want to look back and regret not asking more questions.

In light of that, here is more information about the various types and risks that are associated with abortion.

What is a Chemical Abortion?

The abortion pill is a series of drugs that are prescribed before 10 weeks gestation. Normally taken at home, the first in the series is called Mifeprex, which blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone. 

This hormone is like a vehicle that carries nutrients and oxygen to the embryo in the womb. When the vehicle is blocked, the pregnancy is starved and ultimately terminated. 

Then the second pill in the series is taken, misoprostol. This drug essentially starts contractions and propels your body to “give birth” to the pregnancy remains. 

It could take hours or even days for the womb to expel all of the parts of the pregnancy.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Taking the abortion pill comes with a couple of risks, which include:

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Failed abortion
  • Hemorrhaging 
  • Infection
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Vomiting/ Nausea
  • Diarrhea 

What is a Surgical Abortion? 

A surgical abortion usually takes place after the second trimester, when the abortion pill is no longer an option. An abortion provider will mechanically dilate the cervix and remove the parts of the pregnancy.

What Are the Risks of a Surgical Abortion?

A surgical abortion can be an invasive procedure and comes with many risks, including: 

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Infection
  • Damage to the Uterine wall or other internal organs
  • Infertility 
  • Heavy bleeding and hemorrhaging 
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 

Who Can I Talk to About My Options?

If you are walking through an unplanned pregnancy, you have a support group here at our clinic waiting to cheer you on. We have come alongside many women in your shoes and given them information and resources to help them make confident decisions for their pregnancies.
We would be happy to do that for you too. Give us a call today to learn more about your options and the bright future that awaits you.