Abortion is a permanent medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy. Like all medical procedures, there are associated risks. 

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, it’s essential to be aware of these risks so that you can make an informed decision regarding how to move forward.

Read on to learn more about the different types of abortion, the associated risks, and potential next steps.

Types of Abortion

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”), terminates a pregnancy using two different drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug ends the pregnancy, while the second drug causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. 

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion involves dilating the cervix so that medical instruments can go into the uterus and remove the pregnancy. 

Associated Risks of Abortion

Since the different types of abortion rely on different methods to terminate the pregnancy, they are associated with different risks.

The risks linked to medical abortion include:

  • Hemorrhaging (losing too much blood)
  • Infection (which can become life-threatening)
  • Incomplete abortion (which is when parts of the pregnancy remain in the uterus)

The risks associated with surgical abortion include: 

  • Infection (which can become life-threatening)
  • Cervical damage
  • Uterine perforation 

Next Steps

If you’re pregnant, getting an ultrasound is an essential next step to take to protect your health. This harmless scan can reveal important information—such as location, age, and health of the pregnancy—that may inform your next steps. 

Researching each option—parenting, adoption, or abortion—is also vital to make sure that you make the best possible decision you can for yourself and your situation.

You’re Not Alone

Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be scary, but you’re not alone. At Cleveland Pregnancy Center, we understand what you’re going through. And we’re here for you. We offer free pregnancy resources, life coaching, and connection to help you feel supported as you consider your next steps. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment in a caring, non-judgmental environment.