Staring at a positive pregnancy test can be devastating. If you’re currently wondering how to move forward with an unplanned pregnancy, we’re here for you. At the CPC, we provide answers to your questions as well as education about the options available to you.
Before you undergo any kind of medical procedure, it’s important to understand the side effects and risks that could impact your future. Below you’ll find information about abortion options available and the risks and side effects to consider.
A medical abortion uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy. Women can elect a medical abortion if they are no more than nine weeks pregnant.
Commonly referred to as the abortion pill, a medical abortion begins with a dose of mifepristone. Mifepristone is prescribed to block progesterone, a hormone produced in the body to nourish the growing pregnancy.
After 24-48 hours, a dose of misoprostol is taken. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and will eventually expel the pregnancy. Misoprostol causes heavy bleeding and should therefore be monitored by a health care professional for your safety.
Any kind of pregnancy termination comes with risks and side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe depending on your health history and how far along the pregnancy is.
Documented side effects for medical abortions include:
– Incomplete abortion, which may require a surgical abortion
– Heavy and prolonged bleeding
– Infection or sepsis
– Digestive system discomfort
– Damage to the womb
Medical abortions are only available for women who are no more than 9 weeks pregnant. If you’re past the 9 week mark, a surgical abortion may be considered.
While medical abortions can take place at home, surgical abortions are provided in a clinic or hospital. Surgical abortions involve dilating the cervix and removing the pregnancy via suction or forceps.
The side effects for surgical abortions can include:
- Bleeding, including blood clots
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling faint
Our center is dedicated to providing you with confidential care in a safe place. While we do not provide or refer for abortions, we do provide you with the information necessary for you to make a confident decision regarding your pregnancy.
Beginning a new journey is easier when you’re not alone. Reach out to our center today and let us walk with you during this season of uncertainty.