If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you may be considering abortion. Before making a decision, it’s important to gather information about the different types of procedures as well as the associated risks. At Your Options, our nurses will provide you with important medical pretesting and give you the resources you need to make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy. You should be aware that abortion clinics encourage you to have all your testing and counseling done on the same day as your procedure. While this may sound like a good idea, it denies you the right to know the status of your pregnancy as well as the time to process the information and discuss it with your support team.
Before you make a decision, the first thing you must do is confirm your pregnancy. Even if you have taken a home pregnancy test and the results were positive, it is recommended that you confirm the results with a medical grade pregnancy test. You will need an ultrasound to determine how far along you are or whether you have an actual, viable pregnancy. (20-25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage).
Having your pretesting done before deciding on which abortion procedure you choose or whether you actually want an abortion is important for your personal health and safety. Both types of abortion have risks and the procedures themselves are neither simple nor painless.
Which abortion procedures are available to you depend on how many weeks you have been pregnant. There are two main methods: a medical abortion and a surgical abortion. If you are within the first ten weeks of pregnancy, you are eligible for a medical abortion. If your pregnancy has progressed to the end of the first trimester or even to the second trimester, you are only eligible for a surgical abortion.
A medical abortion, often called “the abortion pill,”requires the taking of two different medications. The first medication will cut off the flow of progesterone to the developing baby essentially preventing the fetus from living. The second medication will cause your uterus to expel the fetus. This procedure will cause heavy bleeding and intense, painful cramping often accompanied by nausea, diarrhea and chills. Large blood clots are passed (some the size of a lemon). You will also need to dispose of the blood clots yourself.
Follow up with a medical professional 1-2 weeks after taking these medications is essential in order to make certain the abortion is complete and that there are no fetal parts remaining in your uterus. An incomplete abortion is a serious medical concern.
A surgical abortion or “in-clinic” abortion is used to terminate a pregnancy in the first or second trimester. Because of the fetal development, certain surgical tools must be used to extract the fetus from the uterus once the cervix is dilated. Surgical abortions are performed in a medical clinic or doctor’s office.
We are here to discuss your options with you. If you are considering abortion, make a free and confidential appointment at one of our convenient locations to talk to our staff about the different procedures and risks. You can also visit our mobile unit site. We can bring our services to your location. Like any other elective medical procedure, it may cause lifelong mental or physical health implications. We are committed to providing you with the facts you need so you can make a decision that’s best for you.