Are you considering an abortion after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant? We know how stressful this time can be. You are not alone. Here is what you need to know regarding surgical abortion procedures and the risks. It’s important to know what to expect before making your final decision.
How Does Surgical Abortion Work?
A surgical abortion is a very invasive type of surgical procedure. It involves using medication, surgical instruments, and suctioning to terminate a pregnancy and remove it from the uterus. The most common type of surgical procedure is called dilation and curettage.
How Long Does it Last?
The length of a surgical abortion varies from woman to woman and the type of surgical abortion procedure they go about.
Generally, surgical abortion usually takes around 15 minutes. A D&C abortion could take about 10 minutes and requires sitting in a recovery room for a few hours before going home. A D&E abortion normally takes between 15-30 minutes. You will need to wait at the doctor’s office for thirty minutes afterward to ensure no heavy bleeding or hemorrhaging.
What Are the Risks?
While every surgical abortion is similar, they share similar complications, including:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Some side effects of surgical abortion include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Vaginal bleeding
It’s vital to seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms like severe bleeding, chills, or a fever.
First, Confirm Your Pregnancy
To be sure you qualify for a surgical abortion, you need to understand how far along you are and if your pregnancy is healthy and viable. This can only be done through an ultrasound.
We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasounds so you can learn all the facts about your pregnancy to make an informed decision. We welcome you to contact our medical center today to gain the answers you need. Contact us to schedule a pregnancy confirmation appointment.