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Abortion may seem like a simple procedure, but like any medical procedure there are risks that can occur. It is important to know the risks before scheduling an abortion. Our staff at Abortion Gaithersburg has up-to-date information on all abortion procedures as well as risks that can occur. Scheduling an appointment at our clinic not only allows you to verify your pregnancy but also to get all the information that you need to make a fully informed choice.

Documented Physical Risks:

Heavy Bleeding: Some bleeding after abortion is normal. However, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a risk of severe bleeding, known as hemorrhaging. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required.

Incomplete Abortion: This occurs when fetal tissue remains in the uterus after the abortion is over. It can cause severe bleeding, infection, and a D&E may be required to complete the procedure.

Infection: Infection can develop from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (known as an incomplete abortion). This may cause bleeding and/or a pelvic infection requiring antibiotics, and may result in the need for a surgical procedure to empty the uterus fully. Infection may cause scarring of the pelvic organs.

Organ Damage: The cervix and/or uterus may be cut or punctured by abortion instruments. This may cause excessive bleeding requiring surgical repair. Curettes and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining. The risk of these types of complications increases with the length of the pregnancy. Blood clots that may form in the bloodstream and anesthesia complications have been reported. RH Sensitization: Pregnant women should be tested to determine if their blood type is Rh positive or Rh negative. Pregnant women who are Rh negative should receive an injection of Rhogam to prevent the formation of antibodies that may harm current or future pregnancies.

Death: In extreme cases, complications from abortion (excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus and adverse reactions to anesthesia) may lead to death. The risk of death immediately following an abortion at or below 8 weeks is extremely low, but increases with the length of pregnancy. 

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Potential Future Risks:

There is evidence of emotional, spiritual, physical, and relationship risks following an abortion procedure. Most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal. But some women report negative emotions after abortion that linger, unresolved. For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later. At Abortion Gaithersburg we offer referrals for counseling to help process these emotions.

Reference: Paul, M., Lichtenberg, E.S., Borgatta, L.Grimes, D.A. , Stubblefield P.G. & Creinin, M.. (2009), Surgical complications: Prevention and management. In Management of unintended and abnormal pregnancy: Comprehensive abortion care (p. 224-51, Chichester, UK; Wiley-Blackwell.

* Abortion Gaithersburg does not perform or refer for abortion.

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Answers To Common Questions

Making an appointment is a great way to ensure that you can be seen at a time convenient for you. We do accept walk-ins, provided that a counselor is available.
We recommend you make an appointment if you think you are pregnant, have missed your period, or have pregnancy related questions.
You will meet with a trained counselor to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be performed. With a positive pregnancy test, we can then set up an appointment for an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and its viability.
All our services are provided free of charge.
We absolutely understand the comfort of bringing a loved one with you to your appointment. You’re welcome to bring your boyfriend, family member or friend with you.
We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law.

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