How much do you know about abortion methods and potential risks? Abortion is a serious medical and psychological decision. It should be discussed thoroughly with a medical professional before proceeding. 

There are risks with every abortion method. You owe it to yourself to get as much information as possible. The consultants at Women’s Care Medical Center will be happy to give you the medical facts from medical experts.

Understanding Abortion Means Learning Pregnancy Development

The abortion procedure the clinic uses is determined by the number of weeks or even days you’ve been pregnant. It’s essential to know how far along you are in your pregnancy. 

Medical Abortion

In many states, you’re only allowed to use the medical abortion (abortion pill) method 70 days past the first day of your last menstrual period. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends clinicians counsel patients that medication abortion failure rates, especially continuing pregnancy rates, increase as gestational age approaches 10 weeks (or 70 days). 

ACOG also says that medication abortion takes longer to complete and requires more active patient participation as the pregnancy is expelled from your body outside of a clinical setting.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the side effects and risks of the abortion pill include:

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Fever & Chills
  • Cramping, sometimes severe
  • Bleeding, including blood clots. The farther you are, the more likely you are to see fetal tissue.
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion

Surgical Abortion

There are several different surgical abortion procedures. They range from Vacuum Aspiration that sucks out the tissue, to dilation and curettage (D & C) that uses instruments for scraping, and dilation and evacuation (D & E) which may require forceps to pull out larger pieces of pregnancy tissue.

The risks of surgical abortion are fairly serious as shared by the Mayo Clinic.

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

We’re Your Next Best Step

There’s a lot more to know about abortion procedures, side effects, and risks. Start at Women’s Care Medical Center for a free and confidential confirmation of your pregnancy. We offer pregnancy testing and ultrasounds at no cost to you.

Get the facts you deserve from us. We can answer your questions, review your options, and even offer a shoulder to cry on if necessary. You, your health, and your pregnancy are important to us. Let’s navigate this journey together. Schedule an appointment today.

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