Are you considering an abortion? For women experiencing an unintended pregnancy, it’s human to feel scared and just looking for a quick end to the problem. 

Knowledge is powerful. It can ease your worries and give you confidence in your choices. 

Before scheduling a termination procedure, take a few minutes to learn about the different types of abortions available and if your medical history impacts the risks of an abortion. 

Types Of Abortions Available

Depending on how far along a pregnancy is, women have two options for termination: medical or surgical abortion. 

Medical Abortion

More commonly known as the abortion pill, this type of abortion is available for women up until their 10th week of pregnancy. Our staff can provide a no-cost ultrasound referral if you’re unsure exactly how far along your pregnancy is. 

A medical abortion works by combing two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The process begins with a dose of mifepristone which blocks the hormone progesterone.

After about 48 hours, a dose of misoprostol is given, which causes uterine contractions and heavy bleeding until all the pregnancy tissue is passed. Risks for a medical abortion include: 

  • Incomplete abortion, which may require additional procedures
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection or sepsis
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Although rare, some women may experience severe side effects following a medical abortion. For this reason, it is vital to only take the medication under the supervision of a doctor who can monitor your progress and assess any issues. 

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is typically used for women more than 10 weeks pregnant. While a medical abortion can take place at home, surgical abortions will be done in a hospital or clinic. 

The process starts by dilating the cervix and then using a vacuum device or forceps to remove all pregnancy tissue. It is common and almost expected to experience strong, period-like cramps after a surgical abortion. Side effects include:

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall; a condition known as Asherman’s syndrome
  • Infection

Finding The Best Solution 

At Pregnancy Care Center of New York, our only goal is your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The decisions made regarding abortion can impact a woman’s future significantly. 

For answers, more information, or just someone to talk with, call or text (718) 667-HELP (4357) anytime. We’re here for you. Your future is bright!