When you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy it’s important to have all the facts you need to make an informed and empowered decision.

This is especially true when you are considering an abortion. There are two primary types of abortion procedures and each one carries its own potential side effects or complications that you should be aware of.

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion is commonly referred to as the abortion pill, even though it involves taking two separate drugs. This type of abortion is less invasive than a surgical abortion and can only be done in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. 

Complications from a medical abortion can include risks such as:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

That is why it is important to make sure you take the pill under the supervision of a medical professional and avoid trying to order abortion pills online. Working with a medical professional ensures that you have access to timely and  appropriate care in the event that you experience any potential side effects or complications. 

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a procedure that must to be done in a medical clinic. The type of surgical abortion procedure varies depending on the gestation and location of your pregnancy. In some cases, a pregnancy is not located properly in the uterus, but implants in another location, like inside the fallopian tube or an ovary. This type of pregnancy is known as an ectopic pregnancy and is a serious health condition that requires immediate medical intervention.

Because surgical abortions are more serious medical procedures, it’s important you have all the information you need regarding common side effects–as well as less common but more severe and long term risks like:

  • Perforated (puncture) of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall: leading to future miscarriages and infertility
  • Infection 

You Have Options

The professional staff at Sienna Women’s Health can help provide you with all the information you need to understand your options when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. That includes a no-cost ultrasound to provide crucial details about your pregnancy like whether or not it is an ectopic pregnancy, if you’re miscarrying, and what the gestational age is. 

Knowing what stage and type of pregnancy you are facing allows us to provide you with all the information you need regarding what procedures are available to you and any known side effects or complications to be aware of.

Your health and future are important, so make sure you understand the risks of any medical procedure and empower yourself to make the best decision you can.

Contact Sienna Women’s Health clinic today to schedule your no-cost appointment and start getting the answers you need for your pregnancy.