You may be considering abortion if you are unsure of whether you want to continue with your pregnancy. Often, women feel that abortion is their only option because they feel unsupported or feel pressure from others to end their pregnancy.
Before making a decision, learn about the different types of abortion procedures and the associated risks. If you have questions about abortion, we are here to give you information in a non-judgmental, caring environment. Contact us today.
There are two main types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical. The procedure used is determined by how far along you are and the size of the fetus. Below, you can find more information about each procedure.
The medical abortion, RU-486, often called “the Abortion Pill,” is a series of pills taken orally to end a pregnancy. The first pill cuts off the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy, while the second pill induces contractions to push out the contents of the uterus. The Abortion Pill is available only up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, so if you are farther along, a surgical abortion will be necessary.
A surgical abortion uses various surgical instruments to remove the pregnancy. Because the fetus is more developed during this procedure, there may be instances where a woman’s cervix will need to be dilated to evacuate the pregnancy fully. Surgical abortions are available to women up to 20 weeks and six days after their missed period.
The Morning After Pill
The Morning After Pill, or Plan B, is a form of emergency contraception that prevents pregnancy. It is often mistaken as the abortion pill, when in fact, it serves a different purpose. The pill can only be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It won’t work if you are already pregnant. Additionally, Plan B is available over the counter, but the Abortion Pill must be administered by a medical professional.
Abortion Risks and Side Effects
Because abortion is an elective medical procedure, you should do your research and talk to someone before having it done. If you are a minor in Massachusetts, you will need to tell a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
Additionally, just like any other medical procedure, there are certain risks and side effects associated with abortion. Here is a list of some of those risks and side effects.
- Extreme cramps, similar to labor
- Excessive bleeding and clotting, heavier than a monthly period
Risks and Long-Term Effects:
- Heavy or persistent bleeding
- Infection or sepsis
- Uterus perforation
- Damage to the cervix
- Emotional effects such as depression or anxiety