Abortion is a medical procedure, and it is therefore important to make sure you are fully informed about how it works, and the risks involved. There are several types of abortions: the abortion pill, also called RU 486; and surgical abortions; a more invasive alternative. Should you have additional questions regarding abortion, we are here to help. While New Beginnings does not perform or refer for abortions, we are here to provide you with abortion information and answer any questions you may have so that you can make the best possible choice.
Your First Step
Before considering abortion or any other alternative, it is first important that you take a pregnancy test. If your test shows a positive result, it is then crucial that you have your pregnancy confirmed, typically via ultrasound, which New Beginnings can provide to you at no cost.
Different Types of Abortion Procedures
RU 486 is actually two pills, administered during two separate appointments, which in tandem cause a medical abortion. The first pill cuts off blood flow to the embryo, while the second induces labor. The latter pill typically causes severe cramping, bleeding, nausea, and vomiting. Bleeding usually lasts 9 to 16 days, and may last up to 30 days. Many women still need a surgical abortion procedure even after taking the two RU 486 pills.
The most common type of surgical abortion is the Manual/Vacuum Aspiration method, which uses a syringe or vacuum to suck the content of your baby from the uterine wall. Side effects include cramping, nausea, sweating, faintness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Another type of surgical abortion is the Dilation and Evacuation method. This combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. In this procedure, the patient is given a sedative and a cervical injection, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the baby. Then, a curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus.
As with any medical procedure, abortion comes with its own set of risks. Physical risks include symptoms like bleeding, infection, cervical and uterine damage, sepsis, and loss of fertility. Women report a range of emotions after an abortion; some may appear immediately or gradually over a period of time. Mental Health risks include depression, suicidal thoughts, grief, anxiety, regret, sexual dysfunction, flashbacks and substance abuse. When you visit New Beginnings, we can provide you with everything you need to know regarding abortion and its associated risks.