Abortion in Texas
Are you considering abortion in Texas? We understand this pregnancy may not have been in your plans. The compassionate medical staff at Mid Cities Women’s Clinic is here to help you navigate your options and empower you to make an informed decision!
Confirm Your Pregnancy
The first step is to confirm your pregnancy. Mid Cities Women’s Clinic provides free pregnancy tests and (limited) ultrasounds to determine how far along you are, check to see if it is developing in the proper place within the uterus, and also see if there is a heartbeat to determine if this pregnancy is viable or non-viable.
If your ultrasound determines that the pregnancy isn’t viable, you won’t even need to make that decision as your pregnancy will end on its own and it’s pertinent that you follow up with an OB/GYN to provide care. 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage naturally.
What are the Risks of Abortion?
- Uterine Perforation. Uterine perforation occurs when one of the instruments used in surgical abortion accidentally nicks the uterine lining which can lead to a potential hysterectomy if the bleeding won’t stop.
- Organ Perforation and Spinal Damage. Not only can the uterus be perforated, but the bowels (large intestine) are also closely next to the uterus and can be nicked or cut as well which can lead to major abdominal surgery and possible abdominal infection. The spine is directly behind the uterus which can be potentially damaged and cause paralysis or other long-term spinal or nerve damage issues.
- Hemorrhaging. A hemorrhage is a severe condition in which the body continues to bleed excessively and can be life-threatening. This condition needs medical intervention to prevent further blood loss from happening and prevent any secondary conditions due to this extreme blood loss. If it is to the point that providers are unable to stop the blood loss from slowing down, they may have to remove your uterus (hysterectomy), to stop the bleeding and save your life. This can happen with both medicated and surgical abortions.
- Incomplete Abortion. The procedure may not successfully remove all of the fetal tissue. This can occur due to surgical abortion or the abortion pill. Emergency medical treatment may be required to prevent infection. 1 in 12 medicated abortions will still require surgical interventions as they could be partial or incomplete.
- Asherman Syndrome. Asherman Syndrome is a condition in which scar tissue forms inside the uterus. This can occur as a result of multiple surgical abortions, making it difficult to become pregnant in the future.
- Negative Impact on Future Pregnancies. Studies have shown a link between surgical abortion and an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight in future pregnancies.
- Allergic Reaction. Although rare, it is possible to go into anaphylactic shock after taking vaginal misoprostol if you’re allergic to any ingredients in the medication.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Bacteria can enter the reproductive tract during a surgical abortion, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- Infection. Anytime you introduce an item into the uterus, you risk bringing bacteria into the reproductive system, which can cause an infection. If you currently have an STI and have either a chemical or surgical abortion, this increases your chance of developing a severe infection as well, not only in the reproductive tract but also your bloodstream if there is access due to any cuts or tearing. A blood infection (sepsis) is a serious condition that needs treatment at a hospital ASAP. Make sure to get tested and treated before going through any procedure.
Get the unbiased medical information needed to make a fully informed decision for your unplanned pregnancy at Mid Cities Women’s Clinic! We’re happy to answer all of your questions!
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2020, December 2). Abortion – Surgical. MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002912.htm
- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, August 3). Elective Abortion: Does it Affect Subsequent Pregnancies? Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/expert-answers/abortion/faq-20058551
- Shin, Hyun Joo, et al. “Anaphylactic Shock to Vaginal Misoprostol: A Rare Adverse Reaction to a Frequently Used Drug.” PubMed Central (PMC), 9 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137020
- “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Symptoms, Treatments and Causes.” Cleveland Clinic, 23 Nov. 2020, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9129-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-pid
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