Abortion is a life-changing decision, as are your other pregnancy options. Before choosing abortion, make sure you have up-to-date, accurate information about its risks.
What do I need to know about abortions?
Abortion is a medical procedure, and just like any other medical procedure, it comes with its own risks. Aside from the physical and health risks, emotional and psychological effects may be experienced long after the procedure.
What are the different types of abortions?
RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill” or medical abortion, uses medication to terminate a pregnancy. Usually, it consists of two pills. The first pill, Mifepristone, inhibits progesterone from being absorbed in the womb. This terminates the pregnancy. The second pill, Misoprostol, induces uterine contractions to shed the fetus and intrauterine lining through the vaginal canal. RU-486 will not work on pregnancies past 10 weeks.
Surgical abortions involve dilating your cervix and using suction and forceps to physically remove the fetus from your uterus. This is an out-patient procedure performed in a clinic. Depending on your provider, local or general anesthetic may be available.
What are the risks?
Abortions are medical procedures and each procedure comes with its own risks. Some common risks are:
- Failed procedure
- Severe cramping/abdominal pain
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots in your uterus
- Injury to your cervix or uterus
- Allergic reaction
The procedure also comes with emotional and psychological side effects. Some women experience extreme depression, regret, or guilt. These feelings can last for years after the abortion. No matter how you feel, support is available.
The Miami Valley Women’s Center offers confidential care, support, and resources regarding all pregnancy options. We do not perform or refer for abortion services, nor do we prescribe, dispense, or refer for medical abortion drugs.