If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed by emotions. First of all, take a deep breath. Everything will be okay.
Right now, the most important thing you can do is learn all you can about your options. This research will help you make an informed decision and move forward.
Read on to learn about the different types of abortion, your other options, and what to do next. Or, if you want to talk with someone in person, contact Stillwater Life Services. We’re here for you with free pregnancy resources that can help you feel empowered and supported.
Medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” is a combination of drugs that are usually taken at home. The first drug, mifepristone, terminates your pregnancy. The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through your vagina.
The main side effects of a medical abortion are cramping and bleeding. However, you might also experience:
Although risks associated with medical abortion are less common than side effects, they are more severe and include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Surgical abortion happens at a clinic. It involves the dilation (opening) of your cervix so that a medical instrument can enter your uterus to remove the pregnancy.
The main side effects of surgical abortion are cramping and bleeding.
The main risks include:
- Uterine perforation (this happens when a surgical instrument pokes a hole in your uterus)
- Cervical damage
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Your Other Options
Abortion is just one of three pregnancy options available to you. Parenting and adoption are your other choices. To learn more about each of these options, call Stillwater Life Services at (405) 624-3332 for a free peer-to-peer counseling session that will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
No matter what choice you’re considering, getting a limited ultrasound is a vital next step to protect your health. This harmless scan will give you the key information you need to move forward safely.
You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you. Whether you need free pregnancy testing, a limited ultrasound, or other resources, Stillwater Life Services can help.
Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.