If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, take some time to learn about the risks associated with abortion procedures. There are risks you’ll want to be aware of before you make a decision because they can lead to complications and more serious medical problems if left untreated.

What Does Abortion Entail?

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, and there are two forms of abortion: medical and surgical.

Medical abortion consists of two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, which are used to both end and expel the pregnancy. Common side effects of medical abortion include bleeding and cramping. While serious risks are recorded to happen in only about 2% of abortion procedures, it is important to talk to a doctor if you are experiencing any complications, including:  

  • Infection
  • Extreme bleeding/hemorrhaging 
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion
  • An incomplete abortion occurs when some of the fetal tissue remains behind in the uterus. If left untreated, major health issues can result, and women can even become infertile.

Surgical abortion is a more complicated procedure and is usually performed later on in pregnancy. During this type of abortion, surgical instruments or medication dilate the cervix and either a suctioning technique or a curette is used to remove the fetal tissue. Cramping and bleeding can also be expected after this procedure.

Risks of surgical abortion include:

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

If you are experiencing any of these physical effects, don’t wait to seek medical help. You must protect your health and get the treatment you need. 

I Would Like to Know More

If you are pregnant and want more information about the risks associated with either type of abortion procedure, Inspira Resource Center has the facts that can help empower you to make an informed decision. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take that important first step. We’re here for you!