What Are the Risks of Abortion?

Every pregnancy is emotional, but an unexpected pregnancy can often feel overwhelming. The feelings of uncertainty and doubt often drive many women to consider abortion as their primary pregnancy option.

At Options for Women, we want you to be equipped with accurate and helpful information so you can feel confident that you are making the best decision for yourself. If you are considering abortion, we want you to know the facts associated with the procedure. 

Abortion is a serious medical procedure, meaning it is imperative that you understand all of the risks and side effects associated with the procedure.

The Two Types of Abortion

There are two types of abortions: medication and surgical. A medication abortion (the abortion pill) can only be performed if you’ve been pregnant for 11 weeks or less. If your pregnancy is longer than 11 weeks, you’ll have an in-clinic surgical abortion. 

To know exactly how far along you are in your pregnancy, you should receive a medical-grade pregnancy test followed by an ultrasound. We offer these services at no-cost at Options for Women.

Risks of Medication Abortion (Abortion Pill)

Medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is the combination of two powerful pregadrugs to eliminate a pregnancy. Regarding medication abortion, The Mayo Clinic says, “Having a medication abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives.”

Here’s a list of the side effects and potential risks of a medical abortion according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • A viable pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever, especially serious if longer than 24 hours
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Abdominal cramping, possibly severe

Risks of Surgical Abortion

There are two different types of surgical abortions. The gestational age of your pregnancy will determine which type of surgical abortion you qualify for. 

Here’s a list of the side effects and potential risks of both types of surgical abortion:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Cramps lasting up to 48 hours
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Cervical Damage
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

According to the Mayo Clinic, many women report mental health complications following their abortion. If you are in need of mental health therapy, our medical staff recommends that you speak to a professional as soon as possible.

We Will Walk With You

Prior to scheduling an abortion, you need to know how far along your pregnancy is, if your pregnancy is still viable, and where it’s located in your body. At Options for Women, we can confirm this important information about your pregnancy with a limited obstetrical ultrasounds free of charge. 

Our medical staff can answer all of your questions in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Options for Women.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.