Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion? We know this can be a scary time for you. Women often feel like abortion is their only option. We want to inform you about the option of abortion and what it entails. You deserve to know about this serious medical procedure and to think through it carefully.

What Do I Need to Know About Abortion?

There are major risks to be aware of when considering abortion. The two types of abortion procedures are called medication abortion and surgical abortion.

Medication Abortion

The most common type of medication abortion uses two types of abortion pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. They are normally taken within seven weeks of the first day of your last period. Medication abortion should only be done up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

The first pill, Mifepristone is taken at a doctor’s office or clinic and blocks a hormone called progesterone. This causes the lining of the uterus to thin and stops the embryo from growing/implanting. The second pill, Misoprostol is taken at home, which causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina. A follow-up with a doctor is recommended about a week later (FDA).

The risks of medication abortion include:

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

Surgical Abortion

The other type of abortion procedure is a surgical abortion. In this surgical procedure, the fetus is removed from the uterus through the vagina using a suction or an instrument called a curet. 

The risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Infection
  • Cervical tears or lacerations
  • Uterine perforation
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Retained products of conception
  • Allergic or adverse reactions to medications

Do You Feel Pressured?

A coerced abortion is illegal under NY State Law. YOU are the only one who can choose an option for your unplanned pregnancy. No one can force you to have an abortion, even if you are a minor. Staff at PRC of the Valleys are trained to provide a safe space and an evidence-based medical education during the options consultation.

Make an appointment with us today for an options consultation. We can discuss procedures, side effects, and risks. Our center is a judgment-free zone where you can safely and confidentially talk about your situation.

PRCV does not perform or refer for abortions.

“We do not profit from your sexual health or pregnancy decisions; therefore, we do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients.”

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