Abortion is a significant medical decision, and like all medical procedures, it comes with its own set of risks. Understanding the procedure and being informed about these risks is crucial before undergoing one.

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Types of Abortion 

There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical.

A medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” uses two powerful drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. It is often started at a clinic or hospital and completed at home.

A surgical abortion is a combination of instruments, suction, and sometimes drugs used to remove a pregnancy. This is done in a hospital or clinic setting. 

It starts by opening (or dilating) your cervix. Next, a physician uses a surgical instrument or suction device to remove the pregnancy and related tissue.

Risks of a Medical Abortion

A medical abortion is FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestation (how far along you are).

Some women report that the side effects are more severe than they expected, which include abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, as well as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

The potential risks of a 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

Risks of Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion can be performed when a medical abortion is no longer an option, usually when the pregnancy is beyond ten weeks gestation.

The potential risks of a surgical abortion include the following:

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

In rare cases, women can develop Asherman’s Syndrome when scar tissue develops in the uterus. It can lead to unusual, absent, or painful menstrual cycles, future miscarriages, and infertility. It can be treated with surgery.

Get the Care You Need

To protect your health, visit Compass Women’s Clinic of Athens for a no-cost pregnancy confirmation and limited ultrasound so you can become fully informed about your options.

You deserve to know all the facts and receive quality care from licensed healthcare professionals.

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