What are the Different Types of Abortion?

Are you contemplating abortion after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant? You are not alone as you navigate the questions and concerns during this challenging journey. Keep reading to be informed about the different types of abortion and the risks.

Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill)

Medical abortion, also called the abortion pill, is self-administered and requires follow-up with a doctor to ensure it is successful.

The abortion pill consists of Mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone terminates early pregnancy by keeping the womb from absorbing progesterone, a hormone necessary for the pregnancy to grow.

Second, Misoprostol expels the pregnancy via uterine cramping and contractions. The abortion pill method is only FDA-approved through the first 70 days of gestation. 

Common Risks of Medical Abortion

The Mayo Clinic shares the risks of medical abortion, including:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are normally performed in the second trimester. There are two main types of surgical abortions: aspiration abortion and dilation and curettage (D&C) abortions.

Each type of surgical abortion is similar, which involves dilating the cervix and using a suction tube into the uterus, removing the pregnancy from the uterus.

Common Risks of Surgical Abortion

According to Mayo Clitypicalommon side effects of surgical abortions include:

  • Bleeding, including blood clots 
  • Cramping 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint

 Abortion Information Consultation

To learn more about your pregnancy details and abortion options, begin with pregnancy confirmation. We offer no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasounds so you can be sure of your pregnancy health. 

Schedule a no-cost appointment today to talk through all your questions and concerns. We’re here for you.

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