Here at Open Arms, we believe each woman should be fully informed prior to making a decision about her pregnancy, including understanding the various abortion procedures and the risks involved with each.
The Abortion Pill
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is actually a two-step process, typically prescribed by a doctor and taken by the woman in her home. The first involves mifepristone, which causes the woman to stop producing progesterone, the hormone that allows the pregnancy to grow in the uterus. The second step involves the drug misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract and dispel the fetus.
Is the abortion pill safe?
Because medication abortion happens at home, it's often portrayed as something as simple as taking a pill. However, the patient should still take the procedure seriously and should first consider the risks associated. When taking the abortion pill, it's not uncommon for the patient to feel intense physical pain from cramping, along with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and heavy bleeding. In more serious cases, the abortion pill can lead to clotted blood, infection, and excessive bleeding.
When can I take the abortion pill?
The pill is most typically administered to women whose pregnancies are less than ten weeks along, meaning it's essential to get an ultrasound before scheduling an abortion procedure.
What is a surgical abortion?
Surgical abortions (also known as "in-clinic abortions") include vacuum aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and dilation and extraction. These procedures are based on the age of the pregnancy. While each procedure varies slightly from the next, they all begin with the patient's cervix being dilated, followed by a suctioning or vacuuming of the fetus.
Are surgical abortions safe?
Like all serious medical procedures, surgical abortions come with risks that each patient should be informed of before the procedure. Women will often feel abdominal cramping and pain following their procedure and might experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, abortion has also been linked to heavy bleeding, damage to the cervix, uterine lining, and other internal organs, infection, and death.
When can I get a surgical abortion?
Surgical abortions are typically performed after the pregnancy is past ten weeks. The type of abortion will depend on the initial due date of the pregnancy, so it's important to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound scan prior to your abortion.