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Sorting through the information about abortion during an unexpected pregnancy can be daunting. A frequently overlooked aspect is the effect of an abortion on your health and wellness.

Abortion is a serious medical procedure that comes with physical side effects and potential risks to your health.

Types Of Abortion

There are two types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical.

A medical abortion uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy. First, mifepristone is taken to block the hormone progesterone, then 24-48 hours later, misoprostol is taken to expel the pregnancy through the vagina.

The FDA approves medical abortion for the first ten weeks (70 days) of pregnancy.

A surgical abortion uses medications, instruments, and suction to terminate a pregnancy. It’s typically done for later-stage pregnancies. You will have to visit a hospital or abortion clinic for this method.

Side Effects

After a medical or surgical abortion, the most common side effects are vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. These can range from mild to severe.

You may experience other symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Potential Risks

Abortion, like any medical procedure, carries certain risks that can impact your health. These risks can vary depending on the type and timing of the abortion, as well as your health history.

For a medical abortion, you’re at risk for:

  • An incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • An ongoing pregnancy if it doesn’t work

For a surgical abortion, you’re at risk for:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

These complications might require a follow-up procedure. In rare instances, they can lead to absent or painful menstrual cycles, an increased risk of future miscarriages, and potential infertility.

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Life Options Clinic gives you access to free pregnancy services and can answer all your questions about your pregnancy options. Get no-cost pregnancy testing and an ultrasound in a confidential and judgment-free environment.

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