What are the Different Types of Abortion?

An accidental pregnancy can make your future seem unsure. If you’re looking into termination options, it’s important to understand the different types of abortion. 

Abortion is not one-size fits all. Understanding the different types available will allow you to pursue what’s best for your health.

Medical Abortion

Commonly referred to as the abortion pill, a medical abortion is designed to end a pregnancy that is between 1-9 weeks along.

The process begins with a dose of mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing and blocks the hormone progesterone. 

Next, a dose of misoprostol is given to expel the pregnancy and complete the abortion process. Women have reported feeling strong uterine contractions and heavy bleeding during this second phase.

Medical Abortion Risks

As with any medication, some women may respond adversely to these drugs. Risks to prepare for following a medical abortion include incomplete abortion, heavy and prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, and digestive system discomfort.

Surgical Abortion

Women more than 9 weeks pregnant typically need a surgical abortion for termination. 

Surgical abortions involve a visit to a clinic or hospital. A doctor or healthcare professional will start by dilating the cervix and then use forceps or a vacuum device to remove the pregnancy. You might feel some uncomfortable cramping during the procedure. 

Surgical Abortion Risks

Because surgical abortions are a bit more involved, the risks following the procedure can be more severe. Complications are rare, but knowing what to prepare for can help you make an informed decision. 

Documented risks for surgical abortions are: heavy bleeding, fever, perforation of the uterus, damage to the cervix, scar tissue on the uterine wall and infection.

Next Steps

Finding a support system to take this journey with you can positively impact your mental and emotional health. 

Fayette Pregnancy Center is here to provide answers to your questions and resources to support your pregnancy. 

If you’re unsure how far along your pregnancy is, you are likely a candidate for our no cost ultrasound. 

Contact our office at 770-719-2288 whenever you’re ready to come in. We believe in you and your future!