Worry. Anxiety. Fear. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you’re likely feeling all these emotions and more. And if you’re considering an abortion, these feelings could be compounded as you wonder how you might be affected physically.
Abortion is a permanent decision that terminates a pregnancy, and there are considerations to take into account before making this choice.
Read on to learn more about what abortion is and how it might affect you.
How Does Abortion Work?
There are two main types of abortion: medical and surgical.
Medical abortion (also referred to as the “abortion pill”) uses two different drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end and then expel the pregnancy from the uterus.
Medical abortion isn’t approved for a pregnancy that’s further than 10 weeks. It’s also not recommended and is considered unsafe if you have certain medical conditions, such as severe anemia or bleeding disorders, or are taking specific medications, such as steroids.
The main physical risks of a medical abortion include heavy bleeding and incomplete abortion, which is when pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus.
Surgical abortion involves dilating (opening) the cervix so that medical instruments can be inserted into the uterus to remove the pregnancy. The main physical risks associated with this type of abortion include infection, cervical damage, and uterine scarring, which can cause painful periods and infertility.
While there are potential physical risks associated with abortion, there are possible mental and emotional effects as well, including an increased risk of depression.
What Are Some Next Steps?
If you’re considering an abortion, there are two actionable steps that are vital for ensuring your health and safety.
The first step is to receive an ultrasound. This harmless scan will confirm that you’re pregnant and reveal the location and age of the pregnancy—both important considerations to see if abortion is an option.
The second step is to review your medical history and situation with a trusted healthcare professional since certain situations make abortion a risky option.
You’re Not Alone
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel scary, but you’re not alone in this. At Women’s Care Center, we offer complimentary pregnancy resources that are here to help you navigate this time. Call now to schedule a confidential appointment in a caring, non-judgemental environment.