If you’re facing a pregnancy you weren’t planning on right now, you may be considering an abortion. This is one of your three legal options. It’s a serious medical procedure, and like other medical procedures, you deserve all the information before making your decision.

What Is Abortion?

An abortion is medical method of terminating a pregnancy. How far along you are in your pregnancy determines what kind of abortion you can choose. Early pregnancy termination can happen via the abortion pill, and pregnancies that are 10 weeks or farther along require a surgical abortion.

Abortion Pill

The abortion pill goes by a few different names. Also known as medication abortion and RU-486, it’s an abortion method through the first nine weeks of pregnancy.

It is composed of two very powerful drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken at the doctor’s office and it causes fetal demise by blocking your body’s production of progesterone. This causes the lining of your uterus to thin, meaning the embryo cannot stay implanted.

Misoprostol is taken at home, usually around 24 hours later. It causes contractions so the pregnancy can be expelled. This part of the abortion can be very painful, and you may experience mild to heavy bleeding, blood clots, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea. It’s important to be aware of these side effects before you choose a medication abortion.

Surgical Abortion

If you are 10 weeks or more into your pregnancy, you are not eligible for the abortion pill and will need to choose a surgical abortion. These can be more expensive than a medication abortion and are more invasive.

There are a few different types of surgical abortions depending on how far along you are. All involve an injection that ends the pregnancy. After the injection, your cervix will be dilated and a tube inserted into your uterus. A suction device on the other end will suction out the pregnancy. A doctor may or may not also have to use a tool to scrape the inside of your uterus to ensure that everything was removed.

Side effects associated with a surgical abortion include damage to your cervix and/or uterus, bleeding, infection, and incomplete abortion. Again, you should be aware of these risks before your procedure.

Before Your Abortion

If you have questions or want to know more about abortion procedures, call us. If you haven’t had an ultrasound yet, we can provide that so you can understand how far along you are and if you are eligible for an abortion. You deserve to be fully informed so you can make an empowered choice.