Need clarity about the different types of abortion to make a decision? We can only imagine how scared you may be right now – but you are not alone. There are two main types of abortion to know about: medical and surgical abortion.
It’s essential to consider the risks before making any first move. We can help answer you questions about the types of abortion along with their risks at our center today.
Also known as the ‘abortion pill’ method, Medical abortion is the process of terminating a pregnancy through two types of drugs. First, mifepristone blocks progesterone (a hormone for pregnancy). Once blocked, the uterine walls begin to thin and shed, causing the embryo to become detached.
Second, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and disregard the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina. Common risks that come with medical abortion are:
- 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
Depending on how far along you are will determine which type of surgical abortion you may be eligible for, either a D&C or D&E.
A Dilation and curettage (D&C) is completed during the first trimester and uses small instruments or medication to dilate the cervix. A surgical instrument called a curette or suction device is used to remove the pregnancy tissue.
A Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is completed in the second trimester of pregnancy and normally includes vacuum aspiration, D&C, and surgical instruments.
Common risks involved with these surgical abortion procedures include:
- Uterine perforation
- Injury to the cervix
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