Making an Informed Decision: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

When contemplating pregnancy termination, it’s essential to have a comprehensive understanding of both the physical health aspects and mental health dimensions of the process.

Potential Health Risks and Verified Facts about Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)

According to federal data, the rate of abortion pill-related emergency room visits has increased 500% since mifepristone and misoprostol were approved. One major study showed abortion drugs are four times riskier than surgical abortions. One in five women suffered complications, 15.6 percent suffered hemorrhage, and 5.9% required surgery, often in emergent conditions, after taking abortion pills.

Health risks associated with medical and surgical abortions:

  •  Improper, unsafe doses added to abortion pill regimens have been found.
  • Incomplete or failed abortion, potentially requiring additional surgery.
  • Ultrasound not provided to detect possible, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.
  • Occurrence of heavy and extended bleeding.
  • Abdominal discomfort and severe cramping are possible.
  • Potential risk of serious infection requiring medical care.
  • Instances of fever and chills have been noted.
  • Death is a possible outcome of undergoing a medical abortion procedure.

In an excerpt from the article, Overlooked Dangers of Mifepristone, the FDA’s Reduced REMS, and Self-Managed Abortion Policies: Unwanted Abortions, Unnecessary Abortions, Unsafe Abortions from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, they explain the dangers surrounding this form of abortion:

The average woman undergoing chemical [medication] abortion bleeds for nine to 16 days, and eight percent will bleed for longer than a month. The side effects of cramping, vaginal bleeding, nausea, weakness, fever, chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and dizziness occur in 99% of patients, which likely contribute to the higher rates of psychological distress associated with chemical abortions, as does the possibility of being exposed to a view of the aborted fetus.

 Potential Health Risks and Verified Facts about Surgical Abortion:

  •  Possibility of harm to the uterus or cervix during the process.
  • Uterine perforation is a recognized risk.
  • Excessive bleeding can occur, requiring medical attention.
  • Infection risk to the uterus or fallopian tubes is acknowledged.
  • Formation of interior uterine scarring is documented.
  • Possible reaction to medication or anesthesia, which can impact breathing.
  • Incomplete tissue removal might necessitate further medical intervention.
  • Death is a possible outcome of undergoing a surgical abortion procedure.

Potential Complications and Risks of Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a medical procedure that involves the removal of the fetus from the uterus. Like any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with surgical abortion. It is important for individuals considering this option to be aware of these risks to make an informed decision about their healthcare.

  •  Infection: Like any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection following a surgical abortion. The uterus is vulnerable to infection during and after the procedure.
  • Hemorrhage: In rare cases, surgical abortion can lead to excessive bleeding or hemorrhage. This can happen if the uterus is not properly evacuated or if there is damage to blood vessels during the procedure.
  • Damage to the uterus or other organs: Though rare, there is a possibility of injury to the uterus or adjacent organs during a surgical abortion. This may occur if the instruments accidentally penetrate the walls of the uterus or if there are pre-existing conditions that make the procedure more challenging.  
  • Anesthesia complications: Surgical abortion procedures generally involve the use of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. While serious complications are rare, there is always a small risk associated with anesthesia, such as allergic reactions or adverse effects on the respiratory or cardiovascular systems. 
  • Emotional impact: While not a physical risk, it is important to consider the potential emotional impact of a surgical abortion. It is common for individuals to experience a range of emotions, including sadness, guilt, or anxiety, following the procedure. It is recommended to seek appropriate emotional support, such as counseling or support groups, to address any concerns or emotions that may arise.

Addressing Emotional Effects of Abortion

Pregnancy termination extends beyond physical considerations, to also include serious emotional risks. It’s natural to experience a spectrum of emotions following an abortion, including sadness, grief, guilt. Your safety is paramount, and emotional safety plays an important role in your overall health. Each woman’s emotional response can differ, highlighting the importance of personalized support during this time.
Whether familial assistance is available or not, engaging with Mosaic’s options counselors before proceeding with an abortion can offer valuable insights into your planning decisions.


Diverse Emotional Responses to Abortion

Post-abortion emotional experiences vary. Some individuals may grapple with these emotions immediately, while for others, they may emerge gradually over time. These encompass:

  •  Feelings of depression.
  • Contemplation of suicidal thoughts.
  • Grief processing.
  • Managing anxiety.
  • Navigating reduced self-esteem.
  • Coping with feelings of regret.
  • Struggling with sexual dysfunction.
  • Exploring emotional detachment tendencies. 
  • Relationship problems.
  • Dealing with flashbacks.
  • Managing potential drug or alcohol challenges. 

Gathering Accurate and Reliable Information

It’s imperative to stress that women possess the right to access comprehensive information from their healthcare provider prior to undergoing any medical procedure. Encouraging women to actively seek answers to their questions is fundamental.

Our centers at Mosaic Virginia are committed to providing peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. If you’re considering abortion, come first to Mosaic, to receive our no-cost pre-abortion options counseling and resources. Rest assured, we have no financial stake in your decision and are available to discuss your options without pressure.

Mosaic provides many helpful resources and referrals but does not offer abortion services or referrals for abortion services.

Connecting with Post-Abortion Support Organizations

Recognizing that individuals may grapple with unresolved feelings post-abortion, Mosaic remains attuned to this reality. Grief stemming from abortion is often under-addressed, leading to difficulties in articulating and coping with these emotions.
Through our post-abortion support, many individuals have experienced transformative healing. Mosaic’s group program fosters a secure, confidential environment for open dialogue about past abortions with those who share similar experiences. The primary goal of these groups is to guide participants toward a journey of healing and restoration. If you prefer to see a peer counselor separately, that can be arranged too. All women are embraced at our clinics within our supportive and confidential space.

Comprehensive Considerations Regarding Pregnancy Termination

When contemplating pregnancy termination, it’s imperative to thoroughly understand both the health aspects and emotional dimensions of the process. This ensures that you make an informed decision for yourself and your future. It is also important to address medical options, state regulations, insurance coverage, and the importance of seeking care from reputable centers.

Understanding State Regulations for Pregnancy Termination

Medical establishments have introduced various methods for pregnancy termination, each with its own set of considerations. The decision between medical and surgical abortion depends on factors such as gestational age, medical history, potential risks, and personal preferences.
State regulations might impact the availability and accessibility of different options. Different states have varying laws and regulations governing abortion procedures, waiting periods, and age restrictions.
Before making any decisions, it’s essential to know the specific regulations in your state to ensure that you are well-informed about your rights, options, and potential limitations.
Pregnancy termination is a complex decision that involves both medical considerations and emotional aspects. Researching your options, understanding state regulations, prioritizing safety, and seeking necessary support will help you be well-informed about your rights, options, and risks. Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance, and making an informed decision is key.
We are a resource for you at Mosaic. We have nurses who can answer your questions and provide you with an ultrasound. If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, we can help you work through emotional abortion recovery. Call us today, we’re here to help: (571) 200-4089.

Abortion Side Effects Summary:

  •  Health risks of medication abortion: improper doses, incomplete or failed abortion, heavy bleeding, abdominal discomfort, infection.
  • Health risks of surgical abortion: harm to uterus or cervix, uterine perforation, excessive bleeding, infection, scarring, reaction to medication/anesthesia.
  • Emotional effects of abortion: spectrum of emotions, depression, grief, anxiety, self-esteem, regret, relationship problems, drug/alcohol challenges. 
  • Importance of gathering accurate information from healthcare providers.
  • Availability of post-abortion support organizations for healing and restoration. 

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