What Are the Risks of Abortion? | Pregnancy Choices

What Are the Risks of Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure that comes with risks and side effects. Before moving forward with a procedure, become fully informed.

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Below is a list of the different risks of each type of abortion.

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion is also known as the “abortion pill.”  Despite its common name, it utilizes two different drugs taken in succession.

Typically, a woman takes the first drug, mifepristone, at a medical office or abortion clinic. It works by blocking progesterone, a hormone necessary for the pregnancy to grow. This drug will end the woman’s pregnancy. 

A woman then takes misoprostol, the second drug, hours or days later, usually at home. It causes abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, which expels the pregnancy and related tissue from the uterus.

The potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • An Incomplete Abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Fever

There is always a chance that some of the fetal or placental tissue will remain in the uterus, causing infection. If this occurs, the woman may require a surgical procedure. 

Surgical Abortion

A common type of surgical abortion is a dilation and curettage abortion (D&C). During this procedure, a physician uses drugs or small instruments to dilate (open) the cervix. 

Then, a physician uses a sharp surgical instrument called a curette, which can also be a suction device, to scrape or suction out the pregnancy and tissue in the uterus.

The potential risks of a D&C abortion include:

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

If the perforation (poking a hole in your uterus) occurs, a woman might require further surgery to repair the damage.

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