Abortion is a choice many women consider for deeply personal reasons when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Some women feel they need to act quickly to make a decision. However, it’s important not to rush into something you might later regret.
Getting all the facts and being empowered with information will help you to make an informed decision.
How Does Abortion Work?
Abortion is an elective procedure that terminates a viable pregnancy through a medication regimen or surgical techniques.
The two types of abortions are called:
- Medical Abortion
- Surgical Abortion
Factors that can determine which procedure is used include:
- Health History
- Pregnancy’s Gestational Age
- Other Medical Factors
What Are The Risks Of Abortion?
Abortion risks can vary depending on the type of procedure that’s used. However, some risks may be:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Other risks can include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall.
Speaking to your trusted physician or local pregnancy center can help you further comprehend all the risks and complications that could occur. Understanding how an abortion can impact your health is important so you can make a decision that’s right for you.
What Should I Do First?
To help protect your health and safety, there are a few items you should check off your list before an abortion procedure. Those items include:
- Receive a quality pregnancy test you can trust.
- Get an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, ensure you do not have an ectopic pregnancy, and understand what options are available.
- Speak with a qualified professional about all your options, provide a health history, currently used medications, and any other concerns.
- Ensure you know what complications could occur, as most abortions are outpatient procedures.
Where Can I Get Answers?
Here, you can receive information on this procedure and how it may impact your health. Furthermore, we can help you complete that checklist to protect your health and safety. All appointments are free and always confidential.