The National Library of medicine reports more than 3 million unplanned pregnancies occur every single year. 

Many women facing an unplanned pregnancy look to abortion as their only option. If that’s you, it is very important to know all the facts about abortions before committing yourself to one.

Potential risks and side effects can vary from mild to severe and even death for some women. In this article, we will explain the different types of abortions available and who is at greastest risk for severe reactions. 

Medical Abortion

Medical abortions utilize two types of medication to terminate a pregnacy. 

Mifepristone and misoprostol are typically prescribed at an abortion clinic. Mifepristone is used to block a certain hormone and cause the embryo to stop developing. 

Around 24-48 hours later, usually at home, you will take misoprostol. Misoprostol causes your uterus to begin cramping and bleeding which will eventually expel the embryo. 

Both of these medications have side effects that can include: heavy bleeding, infection, fever, and digestive system discomfort. Women who take blood thinners or have a history of certain blood and heart disorders are not candidates for medical abortions. 

Surgical Abortions

While medical abortions are only available within the first 10 weeks of pregnacy, surgical abortions are used during the second or third trimesters. There are a few variations of surgical abortions available, however most use a method called dilation and evacuation. 

D&Es as they are more commonly known, are performed by a doctor in a clinic or hospital. The procedure involves using certain medications to dilate the cervix and then either a vacuum or forceps to remove the growing baby from the uterus. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to prevent any kind of infection from occurring after the procedure is complete. 

According to current state law, women are only eligible for abortions in Texas until a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around 6 weeks gestation. But even if you are past 6 weeks, you have options and we can offer support for your unplanned pregnancy!

Feel Confident In Your Next Steps

If you’re facing an unwanted pregnancy, we’re here to support you. Your health and your future matter to us. We offer options counseling at no cost to you so that you can be confident of the facts and your decision regarding your pregnancy. Contact our office and make your free appointment today!