What are the Two Most Common Types of Abortions?

A positive pregnancy test can change everything. Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy? We know this may be a scary time for you and you may be at a loss for words. Before you take your next step, we want to reassure you that you are not alone.

If you’re considering an abortion, make sure you take time to go through all your options and know the facts about each one before moving forward. We want to share the two most common abortion types and what you should know about each process.

Two Common Types of Abortions:

Medication Abortion

Medication abortion is less invasive but comes with serious side effects as well. This type of abortion terminates a pregnancy through two medications and is most effective during the first trimester. The first pill is taken at a medical office and the second pill is taken at home. Follow up visits with a doctor are done 24-48 hours after and later if needed.

Surgical Abortion

Woman thinking about the two most common types of abortion?

In a surgical procedure, pregnancy is terminated by the removal of the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. A medical professional or doctor performs this through dilation (opening) of the cervix and with a suction instrument called a curet. This abortion is most of the time done with anesthesia, depending on your medical history. A follow-up visit with a doctor is recommended.

What You Need to Know

Both types of abortions have serious emotional, psychological, and physical consequences. Here are the possible physical side effects to consider:

Surgical abortion side effects:

  • bleeding, including blood clots
  • cramping
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sweating
  • feeling faint

Medication abortion side effects:

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

Know All Your Options

You deserve to receive clarity about every pregnancy option you are considering so you can make an informed decision. It’s vital that you confirm your pregnancy with ultrasound before moving on with any pregnancy option.

An ultrasound can alert you to any serious health concerns like ectopic pregnancy, as well as prevent complications. Our medical team at Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center offers free ultrasounds and options counseling. All of our services are free and confidential so you can receive the help you need.

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You don’t have to go through unplanned pregnancy alone. We are here to answer any questions you may have and support you along the way.

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How to Start Abortion Recovery with Post-Abortion Support Groups

Abortion is often offered as a “quick fix” solution for an unplanned pregnancy. However, many women are left wondering why the sense of relief they imagined feeling has been eclipsed by sadness, regret, and heartbreak. 


Perhaps you’ve been there. Maybe your abortion was yesterday or maybe it was ten years ago. For many women, the pain caused by abortion feels a lot like the grief of loss and comes in waves when you least expect it.

If you’re experiencing complicated emotions related to abortion, there is help and hope available to you! Here at Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center, we believe it’s never too early or too late to begin your journey toward healing from abortion.

If you’re struggling with an abortion in your past, we’re here to help! 

What are some common emotional side effects following an abortion? 

While every woman is different, these are a few emotional side effects you may experience after your abortion:

– Guilt

– Grief

– Sense of loss

– Anger

– Anxiety

– Depression

– Suicidal thoughts

– Difficulty bonding with their partner or children

– Eating disorders

If you’re experiencing any of the above side effects, it’s important to remember you’re not alone and there is help available to you!

What is a post-abortion recovery group?

Many women who have chosen abortion in the past have kept it largely to themselves — perhaps choosing to not tell anyone — causing them to feel even more alone in their pain.

As you begin your healing journey and deal with the emotions that resulted from your abortion, it’s important to share your experience with others.
Abortion recovery support groups provide a way for you to process your feelings, emotions, and experiences with others who know what you’re going through.

Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center’s post-abortion recovery group, Bridges of Hope, is a 9-week group for women who have experienced abortion. Throughout this program, a trained and caring facilitator will lead the group through topics like anger, guilt, depression, and forgiveness. This program is free to attend. 

Are there post-abortion recovery options for men?

There is also help available to men dealing with the repercussions of an abortion in their past. While it’s often not discussed, men can experience very real pain and regret as a result of abortion. If that’s you, we’re here to help! 

Through one-on-one support with a male facilitator, Bridges of Hope provides men with a safe space to process and seek healing.

To learn more about our program or to enroll, contact us today!

3 Things You Need Before an Abortion

Pregnancy can bring about feelings of fear and anxiety — even when it’s expected. If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, your mind is likely full of every possible “what if” scenario. Whether you’re worried about what people might think, fearful of the costs associated with what’s to come, or simply not ready to parent, these feelings are valid. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone, and there is support! 

As you consider your pregnancy options, start by collecting all of the information that’s relevant to you, your pregnancy, and your choices. Remember, this is your choice, and you deserve to be fully informed regarding your options!

For women considering abortion, here are three essential things you’ll need before an abortion:

1. Confirm Your Pregnancy with a Lab-Quality Pregnancy Test

You likely found out you were pregnant by urinating on a stick in your bathroom. Before you book your abortion appointment, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality test provided by a clinic like ours.

Our tests measure the hCG in urine for the most accurate results and are provided at no cost to you. Once we confirm your pregnancy, one of our professional medical staff will discuss your results and help you take the next steps. 

2. Get a Free Ultrasound

To make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy, you’ll need to fully understand your options. Getting an ultrasound will help you gather important information on your pregnancy, like its location, gestational age, and viability.

Because the stage of your pregnancy determines the type of abortion procedure and may also impact associated risks and pricing, it’s essential to know how far along you are. You’ll also find out if your pregnancy is even viable (meaning a heartbeat was detected) and if it is located in the uterus. Pregnancies found outside of the uterus are not only nonviable but can also be life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention.

3. Answers to Your Questions and Free Counseling

In addition to getting a pregnancy test and an ultrasound scan, you’ll also want to take some time to get answers to your questions and further information regarding your options.

Here at Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center, we believe that women deserve access to all of the information regarding their options so they can make the choice that’s right for them and their futures. Our trained counselors will be there to listen to your fears, inform you of the resources available to you, and walk alongside you every step of the way!

Schedule Your Free Appointment Today 

Facing an unplanned pregnancy?  Consider what you need before an abortion. Visit us today to explore your options in a safe and confidential space! Contact us to schedule a free appointment.