Weighing your options while navigating an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult. We at Crossroads Life Center can provide trustworthy information on abortion, parenting, and adoption. 

Abortion is a big decision, and you deserve the facts. We’ll discuss what you should know about each procedure so you can make a confident decision about your pregnancy. 

When is a Medical Abortion Performed?

This typically occurs during the early stages of pregnancy. It uses two medications to terminate and expel the pregnancy from the uterus. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone that sustains the pregnancy. Misoprostol induces uterine contractions. 

If you have a medical abortion, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. You may also have a fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. But complications can occur. Possible risks of medical abortion include:

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

Is a Surgical Abortion Procedure Complicated?

These are performed later in pregnancy and use medications, surgical instruments, or suctioning. This is a more complicated procedure, and you are more likely to develop risks if it isn’t performed correctly or if you are further along. 

Cramping and bleeding can also occur with a surgical abortion, but the risks are serious. You may experience:

  • Infection
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Perforation of the uterus

How Can I Protect Myself?

Before making a pregnancy decision, get the facts. Confirm key pregnancy details with an obstetric ultrasound. This scan will provide information about your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location. Certain conditions like ectopic pregnancy could be noted, preventing you from having an abortion. 

Next, you should learn about your pregnancy options: abortion, parenting, and adoption. We will provide the facts you deserve in a loving, nonjudgmental space. 

Crossroads Life Center offers free ultrasound referrals to help you receive needed care. 

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Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. We are here for you amidst an unplanned pregnancy.