What are the Different Types of Abortion?
There are two types of abortions:
One is more of an invasive technique than the other. However, both are serious procedures that should be thoroughly discussed with a trusted medical provider or pregnancy center to ensure you protect your health and wellness.
What Is a Medical Abortion?
A medical abortion terminates a pregnancy using drugs. This method is also called a chemical abortion, and the medication used is known as the abortion pill.
Mifepristone is the first drug in the abortion pill and works to block an essential-to-pregnancy hormone called Progesterone. This then causes the uterine walls to thin and detach the embryo.
Then, misoprostol is taken and causes the body to experience contractions. These contractions push pregnancy tissue and the embryo out of the body.
Potential risks include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Not everyone qualifies to have a medical abortion. Certain health conditions, medical history, or current medications being used may impact if this is a healthy choice for you.
What Is a Surgical Abortion?
There are two types of surgical abortion:
Dilation and curettage (D&C): usually done in the first trimester of pregnancy. The use of small tools or medication are used to open the cervix, then a curette or surgical instrument is used to remove the embryo and pregnancy tissue. Curettes are often sharp devices or vacuums.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): usually done during the second trimester of pregnancy. This uses D&C techniques, surgical instruments, and a vacuum to remove the embryo and pregnancy tissue.
Depending on the type of surgical abortion used, risks may vary. Some of these risks include:
- Uterine perforation
- Cervical injury
- Development of scar tissue
- Uterine rupture
- Uterus not contracting
Women should feel comfortable speaking with a medical professional about all the risks, complications, and treatment options available. Safety matters when it comes to your health.
Who Can I Speak With About My Options?
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