Depending on the type of abortion procedure used, there are risks that women should be made aware of before undergoing an abortion. Some risks that can occur in both a medical and surgical abortion are:

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Abnormally Heavy Bleeding

What Is a Medical Abortion?

A medical abortion uses a medication regimen called the abortion pill to terminate a pregnancy. This type of abortion is also known as a chemical abortion. The abortion pill requires taking two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone, an essential pregnancy hormone; when this occurs, the uterine walls thin and detach the embryo and other pregnancy tissue.

Misoprostol works by causing contractions to push the embryo and pregnancy tissue out of the body and through the vagina.  

What Are the Risks of a Medical Abortion?

According to the Mayo Clinic, risks for this procedure include:

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

What Is a Surgical Abortion?

A surgical abortion is an invasive surgical method to terminate a pregnancy. 

What Are the Risks of a Surgical Abortion?

Risks associated with a surgical abortion include:

  • Injury to the uterine lining or cervix.
  • Uterine perforation
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhaging

Who Can I Talk With?

Contact us today if you have lingering questions and wish to discuss your concerns and learn more about your options. We are here to answer questions and provide the support you need.

True Care Women’s Resource Center provides no-cost, confidential appointments, pregnancy tests, ultrasound, and options counseling. If you are traveling for an abortion, stop by today so we can give you the valuable information needed to understand your options. 

We will be happy to serve you and provide you with the care you deserve. You’re worthy of quality care in a non-judgmental environment.