Learn about the different abortion procedures, side effects, and risks.
Are You Considering Abortion?
Before scheduling an abortion, you need more information that only an ultrasound can provide. Ultrasounds are used to determine viability vs miscarriage, location of pregnancy, estimation of how many weeks you are into the pregnancy, and due date.
As with any significant medical decision, you want to gather as many facts as possible. Schedule a medical screening before your abortion with the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center to get all the information you need.
The Different Types Of Abortion
There are two primary methods of abortion: surgical and medical or chemical procedure. The abortion provider performs a surgical procedure in-clinic, while a medical procedure can be started in the clinic and completed at home.
Which method you choose depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Visit Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center for a no-cost ultrasound.
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill method is a medical abortion procedure. The FDA states you cannot use the abortion pill method later than 70 days from the first day of your last menstrual period.
As with any medical procedure, the abortion pill comes with risks. You need to make sure you have given yourself the proper time to evaluate those factors before reaching your final decision.
Abortion Pill Risks
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are the side effects and risks of medical abortion:
- Incomplete abortion
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
- Nausea with or without vomiting
Surgical abortion removes the pregnancy from the uterus through the vagina. The abortion provider procedure typically uses suction (Vacuum Aspiration) or different scraping instruments (D & E) to remove the pregnancy.
Once again, surgical abortion procedures rely on knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy.
Surgical Abortion Risks
The Mayo Clinic lists these as risks of surgical abortion:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Medical Screening Before An Abortion
There is more to know about your pregnancy than a positive result on a pregnancy test. You need a licensed medical professional to help you—one who can empower you with the facts and information so you can make a confident decision.
We understand you may feel anxious and overwhelmed when you discover an unplanned pregnancy. Many women turn to abortion as the next step. The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Centers provide free and confidential Medical Screening appointments for women who are considering an abortion, have scheduled an abortion, or have ordered abortion pills by mail.
Confirm your pregnancy with no-cost lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound. It is essential to verify if your pregnancy is viable (growing) or if you’ve miscarried. Learn more about our free screening process.
We do not perform or refer for abortions, but our staff and volunteers are always available to talk with you about all your options. How can we help you?