Abortion: Get the Facts
Abortion is never simple. No matter which procedure you have, abortion has serious side effects and the potential for long-term risks. Get the facts before you make the decision.
Are You Really Pregnant?
According to statistics, up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. If you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, it’s entirely possible to get a positive test result days or even weeks after a miscarriage because your body may think it’s still pregnant. Because your body needs time after a miscarriage to realize you’re no longer pregnant, you could get a false positive test result.
Any symptoms you may be experiencing could also be caused by other health issues. You could also have an STD/STI. TryLife Center’s in-house clinic, TLC Clinic, provides STD testing as well as screenings for Hepatitis C and HIV.
Types of Abortion Procedures
The type of abortion procedure you get is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.
If you are less than 10 weeks, you would most likely have an abortion via an oral pill called RU-486 or mifepristone. Mifepristone is used in a regimen together with misoprostol to end a pregnancy that is less than 10 weeks in duration. It works by stopping the supply of hormones that maintains the interior of the uterus. Without these hormones, the fetus cannot survive, and all contents of the uterus is expelled.
If your pregnancy is over 10 weeks, you’ll have a surgical abortion. Depending on the number of weeks, you could receive a Dilation and Curettage (D & C) or a Dilation and Evacuation (D & E). D & C uses a vacuum and scraping device to first vacuum out the contents of the uterus (including the fetus) and then scrape the remaining contents. D & E uses forceps to remove the fetus piece by piece. Both of these procedures require anesthesia and are usually very hard on your overall physical health.
via Mayo Clinic
Abortion Side Effects & Risks
There are a variety of side effects and risks that come with any abortion. They include bleeding and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and a possible fever, and in some cases severe bleeding or other complications. With a surgical abortion, you have the potential for a perforated uterus or damage to your cervix. In addition, many women report long-term emotional and psychological side effects after their abortion.
Check out our recent blog post about Abortion Side Effects & Risks here.
Talk to Us
TryLife Center is here to help you make an informed decision. If you are pregnant and considering your options, make an appointment to speak with our counselors and trained staff. We all need help to get our thoughts and facts in order, especially in stressful situations like an unplanned pregnancy.
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