Below is some basic information about the most common abortion methods. We can provide more information regarding abortion options and risks if requested.

Chemical Abortion

The abortion pill is used up to 10 weeks (70 days) from the first day of the last period.  The first one destabilizes the pregnancy and can cause the death of the embryo. The second drug, given 24-48 hours later, causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy.

The woman has strong cramping and usually aborts at home. Sometimes a chemical abortion does not work and a surgical abortion is done. Women with certain medical conditions should not take the abortion pill.

The FDA warns that buying abortion pills online is illegal and risky. You can’t be sure what is in them since there is not a way to regulate those who provide them. If you are considering the abortion pill, request an appointment online to talk about the risks, side-effects, and find out how far along you are with a pregnancy verification appointment.

Note: If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill and are having doubts about continuing with the abortion, there is something you can do. You can call 877-558-0333, and someone will talk with you about abortion pill reversal. It may not be too late to save your pregnancy.

Abortion Pill Reversal: https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/

Surgical Abortion

(up to 14 weeks after last menstrual period)

After the cervix is opened, a tube is placed into the uterus to remove the pregnancy contents using suction. A special instrument called a curette may then be used to remove any other contents.

Possible complications associated with surgical abortion include blood clots in the uterus, perforated uterus, torn cervix, heavy bleeding, pelvic infection, and incomplete abortion.

Late Term Abortions

Late-term abortions are those done beyond 21 weeks after last menstrual period. These include several procedure options, such as dilation and extraction (D & X), labor induction, and surgery to open the uterus and remove the fetus.

The risk of complications increases with advanced gestational age. Complications that may occur include heavy bleeding, blood clots, infection, perforated uterus, torn cervix, and incomplete abortion. There is a small chance that a fetus could live for a short period of time, depending on the fetus’ gestational age and health at the time of delivery.

References also sourced in Before You Decide, 2015 (free copies available upon request). For more information on morning-after pills and abortion procedures visit http://www.optionline.org/questions or call to schedule an appointment with one of our client advocates.


(SOURCE: If You Are Pregnant, Minnesota Dept of Health, 2019.)



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