Abortion. Maybe it’s a procedure you’ve never considered for yourself, or never thought you’d consider. But the news of an unplanned pregnancy may have rocked your world a little and now it’s an option on the table.
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Abortion is a serious medical procedure designed to terminate a pregnancy. Like any other procedure or medication, it can have serious side effects and risks worth considering before you make your decision.
A medication abortion goes by many names: The abortion pill, medical abortion, RU-486, and more. It’s a series of two drugs designed to end and then expel a pregnancy within the first 10 weeks.
There are a few different types of surgical abortion depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Most involve the use of a suction cannula which is a thin, hollow tube with a sharp pointed end. This tube is inserted into the cervix to remove the fetus, placenta and membranes from the woman’s uterus. (MN Dept. Health “If you are Pregnant: Information on fetal development, abortion and alternatives Aug. 2019)
The following are common side effects and risks following an abortion procedure:
You owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can about an abortion before choosing to have one.
The first thing you should do is get an ultrasound to determine exactly how far along you are. This scan will also give you more information about your pregnancy, like where it’s located, gestational age, and if heart motion is detected.
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