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What are the Different Types of Abortion?

Read about the different types of abortion in this blog. Open Arms Pregnancy Center provides free pregnancy services in Northridge, CA. Contact us today.

Are you considering the option of abortion after finding out you are unexpectedly pregnant? Reality can seem a bit foggy when dealing with the emotions that come during this time. Know that you don't have to face this journey alone, and you have pregnancy options available to you. Pregnancy education and support are available at the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic today.

What Are the Types of Abortion?

Medication Abortion

Medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a pregnancy termination method using two different types of abortion drugs, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol. This abortion method is only used for women up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

The first drug, Mifepristone (also known as RU-486) is used to block the progesterone pregnancy hormone and prevent the pregnancy from growing. This is followed by Misoprostol, 24-48 hours later, which causes the uterus to empty by making it contract and expel the pregnancy. A follow-up with a medical professional is necessary after a medication abortion.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a more invasive process compared to medication abortion. Anesthesia is used during the procedure, and medical instruments are used to open the cervix and to remove all parts of the pregnancy within the uterus. 

What are the Risks of Abortion?

Here are some of the most common side effects and risks of both medication and surgical abortion. These side effects can range from mild to severe.

Possible Medication Abortion Risks:

  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding

Possible Surgical Abortion Risks:

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

Learn About Your Options

When going through an unintended pregnancy, you deserve to know about all your pregnancy options. Our team at the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic is here for you. We can sit down with you to answer your questions and offer education about all your pregnancy options.

Confirm your pregnancy with our no-cost clinical pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to know what pregnancy options are available to you.

Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment today. 

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