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Reviewing your options with an unplanned pregnancy is essential, especially if you’re uncertain about a pregnancy decision. Receiving accurate information is one of the best ways to stay informed and confidently decide. 

You may consider abortion an option but are unsure how the process works. We’ll outline medical and surgical abortion procedures and what you can expect. 

What is Used in a Medical Abortion?

Medical abortions are typically performed in early pregnancy and may be carried out at home. Two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, work together. 

Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which sustains the pregnancy. This starves the developing embryo of nutrients. Next, misoprostol causes uterine contractions, which force the pregnancy out of the uterus. It exits through your vagina, and you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. Some women also have other side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

You may experience risks associated with this procedure like:

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

Is a Surgical Abortion More Complicated?

Surgical abortions occur later in pregnancy. They use medication, surgical instruments, and suctioning to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. The farther along you are, the more invasive the procedure will be. 

This abortion method is always performed in a clinic, and you will experience bleeding and cramping. You must be monitored for signs of something wrong, like heavy bleeding or severe pain. Risks of this procedure include:

  • Infection
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

Is Abortion the Right Option for Me?

Abortion is a significant decision; you must contemplate possible complications and side effects. New Hope Center’s medical team can help you learn about abortion procedures and weigh your other options, like parenting and adoption. 

Don’t rush into this decision. We’re here for you. Book a free and confidential appointment today. Or you can call 859-341-0766.

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