What are the Different Types of Abortion?

Are you looking for answers for an unplanned pregnancy? Where do you begin? Are you eligible for an abortion? What are the risks? What will it cost? There are probably endless questions running through your head. 

Take a deep breath – you don’t have to figure this all out on your own. Every option before you now is a big decision that deserves lots of thought. Our team at Gianna’s Choice is here to help inform you about what’s next when considering your options.

Allow space and time now to research all the facts and think clearly about every option. There is time to find a way to make a decision you won’t regret. You deserve the facts.

What are the Types of Abortion?

If you are pregnant, it is important that you know as much as possible about the procedures before making an abortion appointment. We make no profit from any of your pregnancy or abortion decisions.  We are simply committed to providing you with all the information you need to make an informed choice about your unexpected pregnancy.

The type of abortion procedure done depends on the gestational age of a pregnancy, as medication abortion (the abortion pill method) is only for women 10 weeks pregnant and under. Surgical abortion is the only other abortion option for women over 10 weeks pregnant. 

A lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound are necessary to confirm this and other pregnancy details.

Medication Abortion (The Abortion Pill)

You may have heard of the abortion pill, also known as medication or chemical abortion. Medication abortion consists of two different powerful drugs – Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone blocks the womb from absorbing progesterone (a pregnancy hormone) and prevents the embryo from implanting. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and remove the pregnancy through the vagina.

Risks of Medication Abortion 

As with any medical procedure, there are possible side effects. Side effects vary from person to person and no two women’s experiences are alike.

Medication abortion comes with some risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, these risks include:

  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure fails)
  • Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Fever 

There is a belief that since this procedure is via a pill, it does not require a doctor’s supervision, but this is not true. As with all prescription medication, there are severe risks and side effects involved.

Have you started taking the abortion pill and are having second thoughts?

If you regret your decision after taking the first abortion pill, you may still be able to save your pregnancy, but time is of the essence! Contact Abortion Pill Rescue, 001-877-558-0333                                            

Surgical Abortion

There are two main types of surgical abortion: Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) and Dilation & Curettage (D&C). These procedures dilate your cervix and combine vacuum aspiration (suction) and other medical tools to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. 

A surgical abortion is performed at an abortion clinic. It’s vital to understand the risks of this procedure before deciding on this option.

Risks of Surgical Abortion

There are similar methods to both types of surgical abortion, so the risks are identical. Some of the risks include…

  • Perforation of the uterus (when a surgical instrument pokes a hole in the uterus)
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

We are here for you

Talk to a pregnancy advocate today at Gianna’s Choice to confirm your pregnancy with one of our pregnancy tests at no cost to you. We can help you navigate your pregnancy options.
Schedule a free and confidential appointment to learn how to take your best next step. 

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