What do I need to know about abortion?
Abortion is a serious medical procedure, and it is vital to understand the procedures themselves as well as the risks before selecting this option for your pregnancy. While this provides an overview, Compass Women’s Center can give you more in-depth information in a professional, one-on-one setting during a pregnancy decisions consultation.
*reminder* Compass is not a medical center nor do we provide or refer for pregnancy termination services. We are here to listen and connect you with information throughout pregnancy and beyond!
There are two kinds of abortive procedures that are available in the US: medical abortion and surgical abortion. A medical abortion uses chemical drugs to terminate a pregnancy, while a surgical abortion procedure uses surgical tools and instruments to empty the uterus. Your eligibility for each procedure type is dependent on how far along you are, which we can help you learn through a medical provider referral for a free ultrasound.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks when it comes to an abortion. Being informed about these risks will help you to make the best decision possible for you regarding your pregnancy.
Some of the risks following a medical abortion include:
- Intense cramping
- Heavy or longer bleeding than anticipated
- Digestive system discomfort
- Incomplete abortion, requiring a surgical procedure
The medical abortion does not work an average of two to eight percent of the time, with the higher figure related to those who have a medical abortion later than the medication is intended for.
Risks following a surgical procedure include:
- Cramping up to two weeks following the procedure
- Feeling faint
- Bleeding longer than anticipated
- Blood clots
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
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