Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially when considering all the options available. Abortion is often seen as a quick and simple solution, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved, for both medical and surgical abortions. 

Types of Abortions and Their Risks

Medical abortions, also known as the “abortion pill,” involve taking medication to end a pregnancy. 

Some of the risks associated with a medical abortion include:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Uterine perforation
  • Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy

Medical abortion is only effective if your pregnancy is in its first 10 weeks. Attempting a medical abortion after this time can lead to complications such as an incomplete abortion. 

A surgical abortion is an invasive medical procedure involving the removal of the pregnancy through a surgical procedure. Some of the risks associated with surgical abortion are:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Injury to the cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Scarring of the uterus
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy

Get the Answers You Need

Before making any decisions about abortion, it is important to have all the information necessary about your pregnancy. This includes confirming your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test, even if you’ve already tried an at-home pregnancy test. 

An ultrasound scan is also an important way to get the details you need about your pregnancy. These details include confirming the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy. 

Additionally, an ultrasound can rule out an ectopic pregnancy, which is a serious health condition that requires medical attention right away. 

Be Fully Informed

It’s your health and future that is at stake, so it’s important to be fully informed about all your options, and any risks associated with those options, before making a decision. 

Salem Pregnancy Care Center is here for you–providing you with a free and confidential appointment that includes a lab-quality pregnancy test and limited obstetric ultrasound if necessary.

Contact us today and start getting the answers you need to make the best decision for your health.