Types of Abortions

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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