What Do You Think About Abortion?
Many women facing an unplanned pregnancy feel abortion is their only choice. If you are considering abortion, you must first learn about the procedures, side effects, and potential risks.
Our Oxford Women’s Care Center team is happy to give you factual information about abortion. Know what to expect ahead of your decision.
Types of Abortion
There are two main types of abortion: medical and surgical. Which method you have is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.
Medical abortion, also called the abortion pill, is a method used in the early stages of pregnancy. The FDA has approved the use of the abortion pill method up to 70 days from the first day of your last menstrual period (10 weeks pregnant).
The abortion pill isn’t one pill, and the procedure is over. It is two drugs taken over a 24 to 48-hour period.
The first drug, mifepristone, blocks a particular hormone known as progesterone. All pregnancies require progesterone to thrive and grow. Without progesterone, your body terminates the pregnancy.
Misoprostol is the second drug. It causes bleeding and cramping to expel the tissue and pregnancy from the body.
Potential Risks of Medical Abortion
- An incomplete abortion
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Severe cramping
- Emotional trauma
There are many types of surgical abortions. Depending on how far along your pregnancy is determines the type of surgery you have.
Suction Aspiration, also called Vacuum Aspiration abortion, is performed during the first 6 to 16 weeks of gestation. It uses a vacuum tube to suction out the pregnancy.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another procedure performed in later weeks. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, the abortion provider could use suction, a scraping tool, and even forceps to complete the abortion.
Potential Risks Of Surgical Abortion
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to your cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Emotional trauma
Let’s Talk About Abortion
If you have additional questions about abortion, make an appointment to talk with a member of our team. We care about you and your future. We will give you factual information about abortion procedures and what to expect.
Call 513-523-1814 or 513-299-3487 for more information!