Abortion – it’s a hot topic these days, as people question the major physical side effects and risks that come along with it. Maybe you feel alone, scared, unsure of what is to come with your unplanned pregnancy. Whatever your reason is for considering abortion, learning how abortion could affect you physically could help you make a clear and confident decision. 

You are not alone in your pregnancy journey. We are here to answer your questions and talk about your options at Eve’s Hope.

The Types of Abortion

There are two types of abortion: surgical and medication abortion. Pregnancy confirmation (through lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound) is necessary to know what type of abortion you’re eligible for. Medication abortion is only for women 10 weeks pregnant or earlier. 

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the uterus. An abortion completed surgically is done within a doctor’s office, with anesthesia. This type of abortion procedure involves dilating the cervix and using surgical tools like a curette and suction tube to remove the pregnancy.

Side Effects of Surgical Abortion

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential side effects of surgical abortion include…

  • Cramping
  • Bleeding (including blood clots)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint

Some risks of surgical abortion include damage to the womb or cervix, uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used), and excessive bleeding.

Medication Abortion (the Abortion Pill)

A medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, consists of two powerful drugs called Mifepristone and Misoprostol. These drugs work together to end a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks the womb from absorbing the pregnancy hormone – Progesterone. This causes the uterus lining to thin and stops the embryo from growing or implanting. Then, Misoprostol makes the uterus contract and expels the pregnancy.

Side Effects of Medication Abortion

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential medication abortion side effects include…

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

Some risks of this procedure include the possibility of an incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, infection, and digestive discomfort.

Learn More Today

Talk to our team at Eve’s Hope today to get more clarity about abortion and where to begin pregnancy confirmation. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to help you move forward with a decision.

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