Are you considering abortion after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant? You are not alone as you make sense of this challenging season. There are two main types of abortion: medical and surgical abortion. Each one works to terminate an existing pregnancy if you choose to go this route.
It’s important to speak with a trusted medical professional before deciding on these serious medical procedures. You deserve to know the facts.
Two Types of Abortion Procedures
1. Surgical Abortion
Surgical abortion is a surgical procedure used to terminate a pregnancy. There are two different types: Dilation and curettage (D&C) and dilation and evacuation (D&E). Each implements surgical techniques to end a pregnancy.
There are potential physical risks with this surgical procedure, including:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Injury to the cervix
2. Medical Abortion
Medical abortion consists of two different drugs that work together to terminate a pregnancy. First, mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone essential to pregnancy. Once blocked, the uterine walls begin to thin, which causes the embryo to detach.
The second drug, misoprostol, causes cramping and contractions. The contractions release the embryo and pregnancy tissue out of the uterus.
Possible physical risks associated with this type of 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
- Digestive system discomfort
Free Pre-Abortion Screening
Before taking your next step, receive a free and confidential pre-abortion screening to confirm the details of your pregnancy and confirm your options. An ultrasound is important to confirm if you have a viable, healthy pregnancy, and to determine if the pregnancy is located within the uterus or not.
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