We know life may seem crazy right now as you navigate unplanned pregnancy. No woman feels ready to make the big decisions that come next. The reality is, what pregnancy option you choose can affect your life down the road, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into. If you’re considering abortion, you deserve to know the facts.

What are the Different Types of Abortion?

First, you’ll want to know the difference between the two main types of abortion: medication and surgical abortion. Both terminate an existing pregnancy through two very different methods. Only women who are 10 weeks pregnant or under qualify for medication abortion, otherwise surgical abortion is your only other abortion option.

Medication Abortion

Also known as the abortion pill method, medication abortion uses two different drugs to terminate a pregnancy: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. This process is not as easy as people may describe it. You don’t just simply take a pill and you’re done, but it comes with serious risks.

Potential Risks of a Medication Abortion

Risks and side effects of medication abortion:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • A viable pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever, especially serious if longer than 24 hours
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection

Potential Risks of Surgical Abortion

There are multiple surgical abortion procedures done, depending on how far along you are. The two main types are D&C abortion or D&E abortion.

Dilation & curettage (D&C)

A D&C involves removing pregnancy tissue for abortion. It’s performed on women up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Anesthesia is given in the beginning and then your cervix is dilated. A surgical instrument called a curette is inserted into the uterus to remove the pregnancy. 

Major risks involved in a D&C include:

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

Dilation & evacuation (D & E)

This procedure starts with dilating the cervix. Next, a tube with a pump works to remove tissue in the uterus. Forceps may be needed to grasp larger pieces of the pregnancy and a curette to scrape the lining of the uterus. A D&E is performed after 12 weeks of pregnancy, at the beginning of the second trimester. 

Possible risks involved with a D&E abortion:

  • Severe bleeding 
  • Headache, muscle aches, and dizziness
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Cramping, possibly severe
  • Hot flushes or a fever
  • Vomiting

Get Support Today

Our team at Eve’s Hope is here for you. You can sit down with a team member today to learn more about abortion and your other options. Before deciding on a pregnancy option, you’ll need to confirm your pregnancy.

We offer free medical-grade pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to confirm your pregnancy. Once verified, you’ll understand what pregnancy options are available to you. We’re here to support you in this challenging time. You are not alone.

Reach out today.

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