Differences Between the Abortion Pill & Surgical Abortion

There are two main types of abortion options – taking the abortion pill and undergoing surgical abortion. They are different in nature, but both will terminate the pregnancy. Understanding the details of the abortion pill and a surgical abortion will help you make an informed decision. And, if you have questions about either, our compassionate medical professionals would love to meet with you and answer your questions. Discover the details:

Abortion Pill

An abortion pill is taken orally, and the ingredients of the pill target the pregnancy. When the ingredients come into contact with the pregnancy, it disrupts the process and stops it from continuing. Roughly one week after the initial pill is taken, a second pill is ingested. The second pill will cause the uterus to contract and push out the pregnancy.

When the uterus contracts, it may feel like mild to strong cramping. Normally, the uterus pushes out the pregnancy within 24 hours of taking the second pill. Statistics show that roughly 95% of pregnancies that are terminated using the abortion pill are completed by the one-week follow-up appointment.

Surgical Abortion

If a surgical abortion is necessary, a doctor will open the cervix and remove the pregnancy from the uterus using suction. The procedure itself takes roughly 10 minutes. When the doctor opens your cervix to remove the pregnancy, the uterus will contract. This may cause mild to severe cramping. Additionally, there are other health risks to consider before agreeing to the procedure.

In both circumstances, it’s common to feel an array of emotions. The Women’s Clinic of Atlanta can provide counseling before the procedure and help you know what questions to ask, for example, will the provider allow you to rest after the procedure is complete. The team at Women’s Clinic of Atlanta would be honored to come alongside you during this journey. Whether you just found out your pregnant and have questions or you’ve recently had an abortion, we would love to be a listening ear. Simply call or text us at 678-764-0857 to schedule an appointment.