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You would never want to have a medical procedure without understanding the risks involved. Abortion is no different; understanding this option is crucial to making a sound decision.

Albemarle Pregnancy Resource Center and Clinic offers free and confidential options information. Learn the risks associated with abortion and decide what is best for your pregnancy.

Understanding the Risks

You may know a lot about abortion procedures, or perhaps this is your first time reading about pregnancy options. Abortion ends a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion

A medical abortion uses two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy. This abortion method is FDA-approved through ten weeks of gestation. Surgical abortion uses drugs, surgical instruments, or suctioning to end a more advanced pregnancy.

Both types of abortion cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. But they each have their own set of risks that, while rare, can occur in some women.

Medical abortion-related risks include the following:

  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Fever
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

Surgical abortion can cause these risks in some women:

  • Damage to the cervix
  • Uterine perforation (a surgical instrument pokes a hole in the uterus)
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

Get the Facts First

You may have an unexpected pregnancy and are considering abortion. In that case, it’s crucial to receive an ultrasound to verify key pregnancy details like viability (whether the pregnancy is progressing), gestational age (how far along you are), and location.

You should also speak with a medical provider about your health. They can discuss the side effects and risks of abortion, as well as determine whether you’re eligible for the procedure. 

Receiving information about parenting and adoption from your local pregnancy center ensures you’re well-informed. How to handle your pregnancy is a big decision; you’ll want the facts first. 

Talk to Us Today

Albemarle Pregnancy Resource Center and Clinic provides medical care for clients with unexpected pregnancies. From limited obstetric ultrasounds to education, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to make a free and confidential appointment.

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