If you are considering abortion for your unexpected pregnancy, it’s critical that you first have a thorough exam and discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider. There are potential risks like infection with medical and surgical abortion. Be prepared with the facts.

Contact us if you’d like to schedule a no-cost appointment to discuss abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks. 

Have You Verified Your Pregnancy First?

If you’ve taken a pregnancy test and the result is positive, this may seem like a silly question. There are more steps to take than just a pregnancy test. 

  • First, confirm your pregnancy test results with no-cost pregnancy testing at New Life. We have registered nurses who assist clients to ensure they take the tests correctly.
  • If your test is positive, we offer no-cost, limited obstetric ultrasounds to verify your pregnancy is viable. A viable pregnancy means it is growing with a detectable heartbeat. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Getting a positive pregnancy test result is possible even though you’ve already miscarried.

  • An ultrasound can also indicate how far along you are in your pregnancy, which determines the type of abortion procedure you would have.
  • Once your pregnancy is verified, discuss the side effects and potential risks of the abortion procedure you are eligible for.

What Are The Risks of the Abortion Pill Method?

The FDA has approved using the abortion pill drugs only through 10 weeks of pregnancy (70 days from the first day of your last menstrual period). Why is there a limit? To protect your health. 

The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential risks you should be aware of:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical procedure
  • An ongoing pregnancy
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

The Mayo Clinic emphasizes the importance of having access to emergency medical care if you experience any of the above risks. 

What Are The Risks of a Surgical Abortion?

The type of surgical abortion you receive is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are early in your first trimester, you could have a vacuum or suction aspiration. With this type of procedure, heavy bleeding, uterine perforation, or anesthesia-related complications are possible.

If you are farther along in your pregnancy, you would have a dilation and curettage (D & C) or a dilation and evacuation (D & E). Both of these surgeries combine vacuum aspiration with surgical instruments like a sharp curette for scraping the inside of the uterus and possibly forceps to remove larger parts of the pregnancy. 

The potential risks of these types of surgical abortions include:

  • Needing another procedure to remove parts of the pregnancy that stayed in the uterus
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Perforation of the uterus or damage to the cervix

how Can New Life Assist Me?

Although we do not provide or refer for abortion, we provide factual, scientific information regarding your pregnancy and abortion procedures. At New Life, you can verify your pregnancy and speak with a member of our team of medical professionals. 

We promise to answer your questions and give you the information you need without judgment or pressure. You deserve to know what to expect and if there are any other options. We’re here to assist you fully. Call us at 989-732-1626 for your no-cost appointment today.