If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you may be considering all of your options — including 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, we can talk to you about your options and give you the resources you need to make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy.
Before you make a decision, the first thing you must do is confirm your pregnancy. We are your best first step as we can provide pregnancy testing and ultrasound at no cost to you! Even if you have taken a pregnancy test and the results were positive, you will need an ultrasound to determine whether you have a viable pregnancy. Our staff can then help you understand the facts associated with abortion procedures.
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 few 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,” is a two-pill procedure. The first pill will cut off the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy, while the second will induce labor. Occasionally, the entire pregnancy will not be expelled from the body, resulting in the need to have a surgical abortion to finish the procedure.
A surgical 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. Please do not attempt to perform an at-home abortion. It is extremely dangerous to you and the fetus and could cause serious health implications.
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. 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.
Your Options does not perform or refer for abortions.