What Are the Risks of Abortion?

News of an unplanned pregnancy can flip your world upside down. What about your plans? How are you going to move forward from this? 

Abortion is just one of many options women may choose. If you are considering an abortion, do you know what to expect? Understanding the process and the risks involved can bring clarity to whatever you decide for your pregnancy. 

What Is An Abortion?

An abortion is a medical or surgical procedure that is performed to terminate a pregnancy. Gestation, which is a fancy way of saying how far along the pregnancy is, usually determines what type of abortion is performed. 

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion is also known as the abortion pill. This type of termination is only effective within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. If you’re unsure exactly how far along your pregnancy is, Pregnancy Options is able to provide you with a no-cost, limited ultrasound. 

Using a combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, a medical abortion first stops a pregnancy from growing and then causes uterine contractions to expel it. 

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are typically reserved for women more than 9 weeks pregnant. The procedure is done in a clinic or hospital setting and begins by gently dilating the cervix. Once the cervix is open, the pregnancy is removed using either a vacuum device or forceps. 

Risks And Side Effects

Side effects following an abortion will vary from person to person. It’s important to discuss your whole health history with a medical professional to help mitigate the risks of an abortion. 

Some women will experience prolonged bleeding, infection, sepsis, fever, digestive system discomfort, or even damage to the uterus or cervix. Others report no significant side effects at all.

Beyond the physical risks, studies have revealed women with a history of mental illness are at risk of suffering mental health effects following an abortion. 

Preparing For The Future 

Women should be empowered with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision. You should never feel pressured into making a decision you’re uncomfortable with. After all, an abortion can impact your life for years or even decades after the procedure. 

Pregnancy Options is a place of compassion, hope, and education. You deserve answers to your questions. 

To schedule a free and confidential appointment, simply call 507-332-7644.