What Are the Risks of Medical Abortion and Surgical Abortion? 

Just as you would with any medical procedure, if you are considering an abortion, it is imperative to understand the risks associated with both surgical and medical abortion procedures.

We encourage you to always prioritize your personal health as you navigate all of your pregnancy options.

Risks of the Abortion Pill

Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, terminates a pregnancy using two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. These powerful drugs work together to terminate your pregnancy and then expel your pregnancy by inducing contractions.

The abortion pill is available up to 11 weeks after the first day of your last period.

According to Mayo Clinic, here are the  risks associated with the abortion pill:

  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Risks of a Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortions are performed by an abortionist using medical tools and suction techniques. There are various types of surgical abortion procedures. It is important to discuss the details of the specific procedure you are considering with a medical professional.

According to Mayo Clinic, here are the risks associated with surgical abortions:

  • Infection
  • Perforation of the uterus, or when a surgical tool pokes a hole in the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of mental health risks associated with having an abortion in addition to the physical risks listed above. The emotional impact will differ based on the woman and her specific situation, but  should be considered along with the physical risks. Mayo Clinic states, “After a medical abortion, you’ll likely experience a range of emotions— such as relief, loss, sadness, and guilt.” Any concerns you may have about mental health should be discussed with a medical professional before having an abortion.

How to Prioritize Your Health

Your best first step prior to having an abortion is to have an ultrasound scan for your health and safety. An ultrasound will tell you how far along you are and rule out ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Options for Women St Croix Valley clinic is here to be your first step in gathering this information, all of our medical services are confidential and offered at no cost. 

If you are interested in learning more about the risks of abortion, or any other pregnancy option, our knowledgeable and caring medical staff provide accurate information so you can make an informed choice. Contact us to schedule a no-cost appointment today.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.