What Are the Risks of Abortion?

 If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may be considering if abortion is the best choice for your situation. Evaluating your risk is a great first step in making a confident decision.

How Do I Know if Abortion is Safe for Me?

Any medical procedure involves some degree of risk. Learning about side effects and even uncommon complications–and viewing them in light of your health history–can help you prepare and feel as safe and empowered as possible.

Types of Abortion

Abortion procedures vary depending on the weeks of pregnancy and other factors. The two main types of abortion are medical abortion and surgical abortion.

Bleeding and cramping are side effects of any type of abortion.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is often called the “abortion pill.” It involves a combination of medication taken over a period of time, which causes the body to end the pregnancy and pass the pregnancy tissue.

Patients that have an ectopic pregnancy, certain medical conditions, or a pregnancy later than ten weeks are not eligible for medical abortions because it would be unsafe for them. 

Physical Risks of Medical Abortion

Complications of medical abortion can include incomplete abortion, infection, and extreme bleeding.   

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is usually used in later pregnancies. In this procedure, medical instruments are used to remove the pregnancy from the uterus.

Physical Risks of Surgical Abortion

Because this is a surgery, you should be aware of your risks and history with anesthesia, among other things.

Potential complications include damage to the uterus or cervix, infection and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), extreme bleeding, or scarring. There is also a chance that surgical abortion could negatively impact future pregnancies.

How Can I Reduce Abortion Risks?

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.

Confirm the Details of Your Pregnancy.

It is important to confirm the details of the pregnancy to ensure that the abortion type you’re considering is safe for you. The only way to be sure of your pregnancy dates and location is with an ultrasound. Our licensed medical staff can provide you with this information for free.

Get Tested (and Treated) for STDs/STIs.

Your risk of PID after an abortion is higher if you have an untreated STD/STI.

Before your abortion, get tested and treated for STDs/STIs. Chlamydia is sneaky, and it’s common to have it without even knowing it. At Life Care Center, we’re here for you with free STD/STI testing and treatment.

Talk With Someone.

According to the Mayo Clinic, abortions can also have emotional and psychological consequences.

For a decision of this type, it’s smart to explore all the aspects of your path forward, just like you’re doing now. It also helps to talk it out in a safe, caring space.

Our team members are here to listen.

Make an Appointment.

To meet with a medical professional and take the above steps to manage your risks, contact us today for a free pre-abortion screening.

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