Today’s Choice Women’s Center provides accurate abortion information so you can learn about risks and side effects. We’ll address any questions and concerns you have. Continue reading to learn more about the different abortion procedures and the necessary steps before any pregnancy decision.

Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)

The abortion pill (medical abortion) is FDA-approved for pregnancies through ten weeks gestation. Two drugs terminate the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy and associated tissue from the uterus.

If you take these drugs, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. You could also have side effects like headache, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The chances of developing a risk are low, but they are possible. These risks include:

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is usually carried out later in pregnancy. There are multiple surgical abortion methods, and they involve using surgical instruments, drugs, and suctioning.

As with the abortion pill, you’ll have abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. The risks, while rare, can be severe and life-threatening. They include:

  • Infection
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Uterine perforation (a surgical instrument pokes a hole in your uterus)
  • Scarring on the uterine wall

Before a Decision

Before making a decision, there are several steps you should take.

If you’ve confirmed your pregnancy with a lab-quality test, you should receive an obstetric ultrasound to determine its viability (whether it has a heartbeat and is progressing normally), gestational age (how far along you are), and location. You must know this information to ensure your safety and determine whether you have certain conditions requiring treatment.

Speaking with a medical provider is also crucial. Together, you can discuss your eligibility for abortion, including whether any health conditions prevent you from choosing this option. Receiving an options consultation at Today’s Choice Women’s Center will also clarify your options and provide more information.

Contact us today to schedule a medical consultation and get the answers you need.

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