If you are considering abortion for your unplanned pregnancy, it’s important to know there are side effects and potential risks. Everything from an incomplete abortion to the perforation of your uterus can happen with an abortion. Be fully aware before moving forward.

What Are The Types of Abortion? 

There are two main types of abortion: medical and surgical. Which method you can have is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill method is a medical or chemical abortion because it uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy. This method is only FDA-approved for use during the first ten weeks (70 days) of pregnancy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are the side effects of medical abortion:

  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever and Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

These are the potential risks:

  • Incomplete Abortion
  • An Ongoing Pregnancy if the Procedure Doesn’t Work
  • Heavy and Prolonged Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive System Discomfort

Surgical Abortion

How far along you are in your pregnancy also determines the surgical abortion procedure used.

Procedures range from Vacuum Aspiration to using forceps to remove larger sections of the pregnancy.

The side effects of a surgical abortion include the following:

  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Feeling Sore
  • Tiredness

The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential risks of surgical abortion:

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

Are You Sure You’re Pregnant?

A positive pregnancy test is only an indication of a possible pregnancy. To be certain, you need to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound. The National Institutes of Health estimate as many as 26% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage, so an ultrasound is vital.

Visit us for free pregnancy services like pregnancy testing and limited diagnostic ultrasound. An ultrasound reveals:

  • The viability of your pregnancy (if the pregnancy is growing with a detectable heartbeat)
  • How far along you are
  • The location of your pregnancy

Schedule An Appointment

Contact PCS Health to schedule your appointment and explore all your options. 

PCS Health does not perform or refer for abortions.

*PCS Health does not perform or refer for abortions.