Many women, when faced with an unexpected pregnancy, immediately think, “I’ll just get an abortion.” It seems easy enough, right? However, have you thought about the long-term consequences? Some women experience physical complications, while others experience emotional and mental pain. Get the facts you need before making this critical decision.
What Should I Do First?
Even if you have taken an at-home pregnancy test, we suggest that the first thing you do is take a free, confidential test at our Center. Women often don’t read the full instructions for the tests and sometimes take them incorrectly. At the Center, a member of our trained staff will administer one of our lab-quality pregnancy tests. You will have complete confidence that you are getting the most accurate results. If the test is positive, you will want to have a free ultrasound. Only an ultrasound can give you the answers you need to determine what options are available to you.
What Are the Different Types of Abortion?
There are two main types of abortion, a medical and surgical abortion. The type of abortion you can have is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy, and the best way to determine that is with an ultrasound.
The Abortion Pill
This is a medical abortion that causes the termination of a confirmed pregnancy. Although it’s known as the abortion pill, it’s actually a two-step process. The first pill, Mifeprex, is administered at a clinic. Mifeprex ends the production of progesterone so the egg can no longer stay attached in the uterus. The second drug, Misoprostol, is taken at home. It causes the uterus to contract to expel the fetus. Generally, it’s taken hours or even days after the first drug.
There are two types of surgical abortions: an aspiration abortion and dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion. The most common one is aspiration abortion, which is performed up to 15 weeks. After 15 weeks, a woman would need to have a D & E abortion.
Both types of surgical abortions involve an injection to cause fetal demise. Then the abortion doctor utilizes a suction device and other tools to remove the pregnancy from the uterus.
What Are the Risks?
As you can see, these are serious procedures, and there are side effects to expect with both types of abortion. Here are a few:
- Heavy bleeding, including blood clots
- Intense cramping, severe abominable or back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sweating and feeling faint
- Possible risk of pelvic infection, tearing of the cervix, uterine perforation, or hemorrhaging
In addition, with any abortion, you run the risk of emotional and psychological side effects too. Women have reported feelings of depression, guilt, and shame. Without someone to confide in, these effects can become even stronger. We’ve touched on some of the information about abortion here, but if you would like to know more, please contact us to set up a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you as much information as you need.
*Women’s Resource Center does not perform or refer for abortions.