If you’re navigating an unexpected pregnancy and are considering ending the pregnancy, understanding your available options is a must. Being aware of the risks tied to both medical and surgical abortion procedures is important for making an informed decision.

Factors such as your overall health and how far along you are in the pregnancy (gestational age) will play a significant role in determining the most suitable method for you. 

At Compass Women’s Clinic in Athens, we offer a no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasound to equip you with the necessary information to make an informed choice. We invite you to schedule your appointment. 

In the meantime, continue reading to learn about the various abortion procedures available.

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion is a method that uses two powerful drugs to end a pregnancy. First, mifepristone is taken to block the hormone progesterone. After that, misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy and related tissue from the vagina.

Also known as the “abortion pill,” medical abortions are FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation. It causes abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, with an array of other side effects.

Potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion uses a combination of drugs, sharp medical instruments, and suction to terminate an existing pregnancy. It’s usually performed at a hospital or clinic when a medical abortion is no longer an option. You will likely be observed for a couple of hours afterward for complications and heavy bleeding. 

Surgical abortion carries different risks, such as:

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

In severe cases, this can lead to unusual, absent, or painful menstrual cycles, future miscarriages, and infertility.

Get The Care You Deserve

Before you seek an abortion, make sure you get a medical assessment, which includes an ultrasound to protect your health.

Compass Women’s Clinic in Athens offers no-cost limited OB ultrasounds performed by a licensed healthcare professional.

Contact us for a free appointment today.