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Considering Getting An Abortion?

We understand how scary this moment in time may feel for you, but you are not alone. Get the information you need about abortion to make a decision with clarity. You owe it to yourself to know the facts.

Types of Abortion

1. Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is an abortion procedure done to end a pregnancy through a medication regimen. Medical abortion is also commonly known as “the abortion pill.”

The first drug, mifepristone, is used and blocks progesterone (a vital hormone for pregnancy). This causes the uterine walls to thin and shed, causing the embryo to become detached.

The second drug, misoprostol, is given and causes the uterus to contract. The body will then disregard the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.

Common risks associated with medical abortion 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

2. Surgical Abortion

There are two types of surgical abortion: D&C and D&E. Dilation and curettage (D&C). A D&C is done during the first trimester. Small instruments or medication dilate the cervix and a curette or suction device is used to remove the pregnancy. 

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is done in the second trimester of pregnancy. It usually includes a combination of vacuum aspiration, D&C, and surgical instruments. 

Common risks associated with surgical abortion include:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Infection
  • Injury to the cervix

Confirm Your Pregnancy Details

Before making a final decision about your pregnancy, it’s important to confirm the details of your pregnancy. Begin pregnancy confirmation at our center today with a free and confidential, self-administered pregnancy test. We can talk through all your options after you received your pregnancy confirmation details.

Schedule your appointment today. Our caring and non-judgemental team is here for you.

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