There are any number of reasons why you may be thinking about an abortion. A tough pregnancy situation can leave you searching for what seems like the quickest way out. But as with any medical procedure, it is best to make sure you know all the information first before making a decision.
Types of Abortion
There are two common methods to terminate a pregnancy.
- Medical Abortion
- A series of pills (Mifeprex & Misoprostol) cause the lining of the uterus to break down & expel the fetus.
- Surgical Abortion
- Removing of the fetus by a suction machine or curette through the cervix.
In general, the method used depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. It’s also quite common for women to miscarry in early pregnancy. About 1 in 5 pregnancies will end in a spontaneous abortion, also known as a miscarriage.
Will Plan B Work If I Know I’m Already Pregnant?
If your pregnancy test results are positive, your best option is to schedule a free sonogram at Embrace. This will determine how far along you are & make sure the pregnancy is viable. The Plan B pill works in 1 of 2 ways: by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary or preventing implantation of a fertilized egg.
If I Have An STD, Can I Still Get An Abortion?
Serious complications can occur if an STD isn’t treated before you undergo an abortion procedure. During an abortion, cells infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can travel from your vaginal opening into your uterus. If left untreated, this leaves you at greater risk for a secondary infection known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). According to the CDC, PID can result in future ectopic pregnancies, infertility, chronic pelvic/abdominal pain, as well as pain and bleeding during sex.
Since not all STDs show symptoms right away (or possibly at all), it’s best to make it a priority to get tested and treated first before getting an abortion. Embrace provides antibiotic treatment free of charge if you screen positive for either Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Find out more by calling 316-945-9400.
What Are The Common Side Effects of Abortion?
Common side effects after an abortion include abdominal cramps, light vaginal bleeding, nausea and vomiting & sore breasts. As with any surgical procedure, there is the potential for much more serious complications as well. Going through with an abortion also puts you at greater risk for infection, heavy or persistent bleeding, uterine scarring, damage to the uterus or other internal organs as well as death. Though the risk is small, it’s important to be fully informed when making a decision about your pregnancy.
There are also possible emotional side effects from abortion that may show up immediately or years down the road. These can include feelings of depression, guilt, regret, loneliness & isolation from others or even suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an abortion, talk to your doctor right away.
Facing a pregnancy decision may be one of the hardest decisions you make. While we don’t refer for or perform abortions, we want you to feel completely informed in your decision. For more abortion education or details on how you can qualify for a free sonogram, call our office today.
Dr. Angela Holdeman
The content on this page has been approved by one of our board members: Dr. Angela Holdeman, OB/GYN.