Which Type of Abortion is Safest?

When facing an unplanned pregnancy it can be hard to know which pregnancy option is best for you, your health, and your future. Here at Willow Women’s Center, we believe women have a right to information and education on all of their options, including abortion.

When it comes to understanding your abortion options, it’s important to take time to explore the various procedures available to you and the potential risks and side effects you may face with each.

What are the different abortion options?

There are two main types of abortion, medical and surgical, and each procedure involves the possibility of various risks and side effects.


Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy in the first 10 weeks. The first drug, Mifepristone, ends the pregnancy by preventing the production of the pregnancy-supporting hormone, progesterone. The second drug, Misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later and forces the pregnancy tissue from the womb by causing contractions.


Surgical abortions can be performed at any point in the pregnancy, depending on local laws and regulations. The different types of surgical procedures occur at different gestational stages, dependent on the size and development of the fetus. Each procedure involves surgically removing the pregnancy tissue through either a suctioning device or scraping method.

Deciding if abortion is right for you isn’t always easy and often requires you to know and understand your unique pregnancy conditions. We recommend scheduling an appointment for a no-cost ultrasound at your local pregnancy clinic.

Your ultrasound will provide you with insight into the gestational age, location, and viability of your pregnancy. This important information will help you determine which pregnancy option is best for you.

Which Type of Abortion is Safest?

As you decide if abortion is right for you and which procedure to choose, it’s important to understand the risks and side effects you may encounter.

The abortion pill is accompanied by heavy cramping and bleeding as the pregnancy ends and passes from the uterus. In addition, you may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. a, some women also experience long-term health risks from taking the abortion pill, including sepsis, infections, and hemorrhaging.

Similarly, surgical abortions are accompanied by abdominal cramping, pain, nausea, vomiting, heavy bleeding, and diarrhea. Women may also experience lasting health conditions related to their surgical abortion procedures, including damage to the cervix, perforation of the uterine lining, infections, sepsis, and hemorrhaging.

It’s essential to receive an ultrasound and STD testing before any abortion procedure to understand if you are at risk for any of the above complications. Schedule a no-cost medical consultation at Willow Women’s Center today!
What about my other pregnancy options?

Are you not fully confident which choice is right for you? Remember that it’s important to take time to explore each of your pregnancy options, including parenting and adoption. Both of these options can be incredibly empowering and positively life-changing. If you’re interested in exploring parenting and adoption, Willow Women’s Center is here to help!

Not only do we provide no-cost pregnancy health services, education, and more, but we are also here to provide support for you for years to come.

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