Both medical and surgical abortions are very safe procedures that have been perfected over the past 30 years. Abortion is actually considered one of the safest surgical procedures of them all, when performed by a skilled physician. The doctors at Mile High OB-GYN have more than 30 years of experience providing safe abortions to patients in a private, comfortable office setting. The goal of every doctor at Mile High is to provide the best possible medical care and to protect your future fertility. Complications from abortions are very rare, in general, and the complication rate for abortions at Mile High is even lower than their colonoscopies. Potential risks are discussed below, and can be discussed in more detail with your physician, at your request.
- What are the side effects or potential risks associated with medical abortions?
- Are there side effects or potential risks associated with surgical abortions?
- How can I best prepare myself beforehand?
- Do abortions ever fail? How will I know?
- If I get an abortion, can I still get pregnant in the future?
Common Questions on Associated Risks
What are the side effects or potential risks associated with medical abortions?
Medical abortions (or, “the Abortion Pill”) are an extremely safe method of ending a pregnancy. As far as side effects go, you can expect to have some or all of the following symptoms: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, and strong cramping. Usually these symptoms go away after one to two days, but some women experience bleeding for one to two weeks. For this reason, it’s important to be honest about what you can handle. The physicians at Mile High talk with each woman individually to provide realistic and accurate information, so every woman can decide for herself.
Typically, women who make informed decisions and choose the medical abortion are very happy with their choice. They report feeling that it was less invasive and more natural than a surgical abortion.
Are there side effects or potential risks associated with surgical abortions?
Like medical abortions, surgical abortions are an extremely safe and effective method of ending pregnancy. In fact, in the medical community, abortions are considered the safest procedure when performed by a skilled physician, like those at Mile High. Side effects are rarely seen, with 1% of patients reporting them. However, they could include infection, bleeding, or uterine perforation. Hospitalization for these symptoms is extremely rare.
How can I best prepare myself beforehand?
The most important preparation beforehand is being honest with yourself. Every woman is different in her expectations, needs, and tolerance levels. The best thing to do is review all the information thoroughly, discuss your options with the team at Mile High, and make an honest decision based on your needs and goals. If you’re unable to handle cramps or heavy bleeding, a medical abortion might not be for you. Or if you have a phobia of needles or medical instruments, a surgical abortion might not be the best way to go. It all depends on you and what you’re comfortable with. Your physician at Mile High can help you understand all the available options, so you can make your decision with confidence and clarity.
If you have a surgical abortion, it’s important not to eat or drink anything six hours prior to your appointment. You’ll want to shower and bathe as usual, and wear comfortable clothing.
Do abortions ever fail? How will I know?
Abortions are an extremely safe and effective procedure. It’s very unlikely for them not to work. If you’re concerned about the efficacy of your abortion, a post-up ultrasound can be done to confirm.
If I get an abortion, can I still get pregnant in the future?
An abortion should not impact your ability to have children in the future. More than 99% of women will not have any problem getting pregnant in the future, after an abortion. In a very small number of cases (less than 1%), some women can be prone to an infection that might interfere with future fertility. The physicians at Mile High are your best resource for understanding the risks of both medical and surgical abortions. There is a lot of misinformation out there, especially online, so the best way to learn about real statistics and the likelihood of any problems is talk directly with your doctor.