What should I know about the abortion procedures?

If you’re considering abortion for your unexpected pregnancy, it’s important you understand the abortion procedures themselves and the potential risks. Knowing this information will help you to make the best possible decision for you and your pregnancy. There are two types of abortion procedures available in Taiwan, medical and surgical.

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion uses two types of medication to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone (RU-486), the first drug, stops the flow of a hormone called progesterone which is necessary for the pregnancy to continue. The second drug, called Misoprostol, begins contractions in order to expel the contents of the uterus.

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion requires the use of surgical instruments and often some form of anesthesia to remove the fetus. Surgical abortion is legal in Taiwan up to 24 weeks gestation. Read through our decision-making checklist to ensure you confirm your pregnancy among other things prior to obtaining an abortion.

Abortion Risks

There are a number of risks associated with both medical and surgical abortions. Risks following a medical abortion include prolonged bleeding, severe cramping, and risk of an incomplete abortion, while those following a surgical abortion include uterine perforation and infection. Our trained and compassionate staff will be able to discuss the details of abortion procedures and risks when you come in for your appointment.

If you’re unexpectedly pregnant and considering abortion, you’re not alone. We can provide you with tools and resources like counseling, housing, financial aid information and more as you are considering your options. Contact Pregnancy Support Center for the no-cost and confidential services you need to make an informed decision about your next steps.

What are the emotional side effects of abortion?

The potential emotional side effects following abortion are just as real as the potential physical side effects. They also require time and space for healing. There are a variety of emotional side effects that can follow abortion, like:

  • Regret
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Feeling lonely or isolating yourself
  • Inability to sleep or nightmares
  • Difficulties within relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

We offer free peer counseling services as well as abortion recovery services.  Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.