Abortion is a serious pregnancy decision to make, and you may want to know more about each type of procedure before making your final decision. There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical. You deserve the facts when it comes to abortion and its risks. 

Before a pregnancy decision, safeguard your health by knowing where your pregnancy stands with free pregnancy confirmation at our center. We can also better inform you about all your options.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is a two-step process using two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone that sustains a pregnancy, and misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. 

Medical abortion comes with side effects, including nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, headache, and diarrhea. Potential risks of this procedure include:

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

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion involves dilating the cervix, a suctioning device, and other surgical tools to remove the pregnancy.

There are multiple types of surgical procedures, but they are all very similar and share possible risks, including:

  • Damage to the uterus or cervix
  • Uterine perforation 
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
  • Not removing all of the tissue, which requires another procedure

Confirm Your Pregnancy Details

North Carolina requires pregnancy testing and obtaining an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. To confirm if you are eligible for abortion, determine your pregnancy details with free and confidential pregnancy testing and an ultrasound at our center.

Our team is here for you as you navigate this challenging time. You are not alone! Schedule a free appointment today to clarify what’s next for you.