To some women, abortion seems like the only way out. To others, it’s a frightening last-minute choice. No matter where you are, you owe it to yourself to be fully informed about abortion procedures, side effects, and possible risks.

Pre-abortion screening

Before you make an appointment with an abortion provider, contact us first. We can verify your pregnancy with free testing and free ultrasound. If you are pregnant, we can sit and talk about all of your pregnancy options.

The types of abortion

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There are basically two types of abortion, medication and surgical.

Medication Abortion

Medication abortion is also known as the abortion pill method. You can only have a medication abortion if you are less than ten weeks pregnant. The best way to find out how far along you are is to have an ultrasound. We offer them for free.

The abortion pill isn’t just one pill. It actually requires you to take two very powerful drugs. The first drug you take is called mifepristone. This drug stops your body from producing a hormone called progesterone which is necessary for an embryo to stay planted on the lining of your uterus. Mifepristone thins the lining, stopping the embryo from growing.

The second drug is known as misoprostol. This drug induces labor-like contractions to empty the uterus.

Risks And Side Effects

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the side effects and possible risks of a medication abortion:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Infection
  • Fever lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Digestive system discomfort, diarrhea

Surgical Abortion

If your pregnancy is further along than ten weeks, you will most likely have a surgical abortion. Between 10 and 15 weeks of pregnancy, the abortion provider will perform a vacuum aspiration. It is essentially a dilation and curettage (D & C) to remove the contents of your uterus. The uterus is cleared of all tissue through suction (vacuum) or a surgical instrument.

After the 15th week, a dilation and evacuation (D & E) or dilation and extraction (D & X) abortion is performed. The abortion doctor inserts a tube attached to a suction machine to empty the contents of the uterus. After suctioning out the pregnancy, a curette or forceps are used to scrape any remaining tissue.

Risks And Side Effects

  • Bleeding, including blood clots
  • Intense cramping
  • Potential for uterine perforation
  • Infection with fever, abdominal pain, foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling faint, sweating

How we can help you

Make an appointment with us today to discuss these procedures, side effects, and risks or to confirm your pregnancy. Emergency Pregnancy Services is a judgment-free zone where you can safely talk about your options.