Abortion is a serious medical procedure, so it is important that you get all of the facts in order to make an informed decision. There are two types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion. 

Your health matters, so it is crucial that you understand the different abortion procedures and what they entail.

What Is a Medical Abortion?

Two drugs are taken during a medical abortion: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from continuing to be implanted in the uterine wall. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina. 

It is imperative that you understand the risks associated with a medical abortion procedure. These risks include:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Ongoing, heavy bleeding
  • Ongoing pregnancy (if the abortion doesn’t work)
  • Digestive system discomfort

What Is a Surgical Abortion?

During a surgical abortion, the provider uses medication or small instruments to dilate the cervix. Then, they use a small surgical instrument called a curette or medication to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. 

A surgical abortion does carry certain risks. These risks include:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Infection
  • Development of scar tissue on the uterine wall

What Should I Do to Protect My Health?

There a few things you can do to protect your health prior to an abortion, including:

  • Taking a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy
  • Having an obstetric ultrasound to learn more about your pregnancy
  • Speaking with a healthcare provider to discuss your health history and pregnancy options

What if I Have More Questions?

Want to learn more about your pregnancy options, or have more questions? At Azar House, we offer free pregnancy testing and Limited Obstetrical ultrasounds. If you would like to speak with someone about the options you have, contact us today to make an appointment.

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