Are you considering the option of abortion after finding out your pregnant? You will want to know about the different types of abortion procedures before you decide what to do. There are serious risks and side effects that come with the abortion process. 

 

We know you may feel pressured to rush into your next step with an unexpected pregnancy. We want to reassure you that you have time to decide and take a good look at all your options. Here is more insight into the abortion process so you can choose with clarity.

 

Types of Abortion Procedures:

 

The two types of abortions are a surgical abortion and a medication abortion. Both types of abortions have serious emotional, psychological, and physical consequences. Although abortion is an option, consider the major process it will entail and the serious side effects. 

 

Surgical Abortion

 

A surgical abortion terminates a pregnancy by the removal of the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. A medical professional performs this through dilation and with a suction instrument called a curet. A woman who has multiple surgical abortions is at risk of scarring the inner lining of the uterus. It could even be difficult for these women to get pregnant again in the future. It’s so important to talk more to a doctor about all of the risks involved. 

 

Side effects

You should call your clinic or seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following symptoms:

 

  • Bleeding that is heavy enough that you have to change your pad twice in one hour for two hours straight
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Pain or cramping that gets worse instead of better (especially after 48 hours)
  • Pregnancy symptoms that persist after one week
  • Passing blood clots that are larger than a lemon for more than two hours

 

Medication Abortion

 

A medication abortion terminates a pregnancy through two types of medication. Both medications are usually taken within seven weeks of the first day of your last period. The first pill, Mifepristone, is taken at a medical office, and the second pill, Misoprostol, is taken at home. Both of these medications work to thin the uterus, prevent the embryo from staying implanted or growing, and expel the embryo. Follow up visits with a doctor are taken 24-48 hours after and later if needed.

 

Side effects

 

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

 

What’s Your Next Step?

 

You will want to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound before moving forward with whichever pregnancy option you choose. An ultrasound can show you how far along you are and alarm you of any health concerns. Without this step, continuing with abortion could be dangerous.

 

Our team at Pregnancy Care Center of Petoskey offers free ultrasounds and pregnancy testing. We are here to help you succeed and make an informed decision for your future. 

Schedule your free and confidential appointment with us today.

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