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About Abortion

About Abortions

So, you’re feeling that there’s just no way to have this baby. It’s okay to feel this way. But before you decide that abortion is the best option, we want you to be well informed about abortion procedures.

Below is a list of abortion methods and side effects experienced post-abortion. We are not trying to scare anyone, but we do want anyone considering abortion to be informed and prepared.

It is also important to note that women usually experience psychological side effects as well including depression, grief and guilt. Some experience thoughts of suicide. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with these symptoms after an abortion, seek counseling. Do not suffer in silence.

Methods

  1. Oral Medications (ie. RU-486 Abortion Pill)
  2. Suction Aspiration
  3. Dilation & evacuation (D&E)

Procedure

  1. Oral Medications: Mifeprex is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy (within 49 days of the start of a woman’s last menstrual period)
  2. Suction Aspiration: Vacuum aspiration is done with local anesthesia or no anesthesia. The abortion provider rinses the vagina with an antiseptic solution, dilates the cervix, and passes a cannula into the uterus. The other end of the cannula is connected to a pump that applies suction. (In very early abortions, suction may be applied using a syringe.) The suction breaks up the embryo and removes the body parts from the uterus. The provider may insert a curette (a metal loop) to clean the walls of the uterus of any remaining tissue.
  3. Dilation & evacuation (D&E): A cervical dilator is inserted in the cervix 24 hours before the abortion. The following day, the patient is typically given pain medicine and a sedative. The abortion provider uses forceps or other grasping instruments to remove the fetus in pieces. A vacuum is used to remove fluid and floating tissue. Finally, the provider uses a metal loop, called curette, to scrape the walls of the uterus.

Potential Risks/Side Effects

Oral Medication Method

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the uterus
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
  • Failed abortion
  • Risk of fetal development complications
  • Continuation of pregnancy

Suction Aspiration Method:

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Infection
  • Damage to the uterus
  • Death
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding

Dilation & evacuation Method:

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Infection
  • Damage to the uterus
  • Death
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Cramps

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