If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by emotion and questions. Abortion is a life-altering decision and you shouldn’t have to decide on your own. At Robbinsdale Women’s Center, we’re here to support you and give you the facts about abortion.

What is Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. Each procedure has varying levels of availability depending on what state you live in and how far along your pregnancy is. Both medical and surgical abortion methods have side effects and potential risks you should be aware of.

Two Types:

Medical Abortion

The abortion pill is a medical abortion. It’s used to end a pregnancy up to 70 days (10 weeks) after the first day of your last menstrual period. This method uses two powerful drugs to end a pregnancy. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) writes “Clinicians should counsel patients that medication abortion failure rates, especially continuing pregnancy rates, increase as gestational age approaches 10 weeks (70 days).” In other words, the longer your pregnancy goes on, the greater the possibility of having a failed medical abortion.

Some side effects and potential risks of a medical abortion include:

  • An incomplete abortion requiring surgery
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Abdominal and/or pelvic pain
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Infection

Surgical Abortion

If you are more than ten weeks into your pregnancy, you will need to have a surgical abortion, performed in a clinic. There are different types of surgical procedures depending on how far along your pregnancy is. Each procedure requires your cervix to be dilated (opened). Once dilated, a vacuum, scraping tool, and possibly forceps are used to remove the pregnancy. 

Some side effects and potential risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding

What Should I Do Before An Abortion?

First, you need to confirm your pregnancy. Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, come to Robbinsdale for a no-cost test. We offer lab-quality pregnancy testing administered by our medical professionals.

The Mayo Clinic says up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You could potentially get a positive result on a pregnancy test and no longer be pregnant. It takes your body time to reset your hormone levels. 

If you get a positive result from one of our pregnancy tests, the only way to find out if you’ve miscarried is with ultrasound. We offer no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds. Not only will you find out if your pregnancy is growing, but you’ll also learn how far along you are. You need this information to determine whether you’ll have a medical or surgical abortion.                                                                        

What Is My Next Step?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion, you first need to speak to a medical professional. At Robbinsdale Women’s Center, we’re dedicated to providing you with clear, and accurate information about abortion.

We’re here to educate you about all of your options for your unplanned pregnancy and help you discover what’s the best choice for you. We’ll give you information about abortion, adoption, and parenting because we want to empower you with knowledge. It’s important to us that you have the facts and take time to process them before making a decision.

An unplanned pregnancy can be confusing and overwhelming but we’re here to support you and provide you with the facts.

Make an appointment today to learn more about abortion.

Robbinsdale Women’s Center does not provide or refer for abortions.