Deciding what to do with an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult and stressful. Questioning if you should have an abortion or not is probably more common than you think. Some women feel like abortion is their only option. You deserve to have complete and accurate information about all of your options so you can make an empowered decision for your future.
If you are thinking of having an abortion, knowing how far along you are in pregnancy and if the pregnancy is viable is vital to determine if this is an option for you. An ultrasound will give you the most accurate information regarding all of these important factors. Call or text us to schedule a free ultrasound.
Should I Have An Abortion?
If you are considering abortion you probably have lots of questions. Don’t worry, you don’t need to feel rushed to make a decision. It’s normal to have questions and you deserve answers. Here are some things that other women have asked about having an abortion:
- How far along am I?
- What are the different types of abortion?
- What type of abortion will I need?
- Do I have to tell anyone?
- Are there any risks?
- Do I have rights?
- Are there other options I can choose?
- What if someone is pressuring me to abort?
- What happens after an abortion?
- How will abortion affect me?
- What if I have already had an abortion?
Our knowledgeable and caring advocates can help you find answers to your questions. We will discuss with you the types of procedures, possible complications or risks, and possible short and long-term effects of abortion. Educating yourself on all of your options is important when you want to make an informed decision.
Abortion Clinic Procedures
Different abortion clinics have different policies and processes, but the abortion procedures that they perform should be done the same way. The type of abortion you receive will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy. While the pregnancy is often dated based on your last period, this is not a precise practice.
The two types of abortions are medication abortion and surgical abortion. A medication abortion uses two types of abortion pills (Mifepristone & Misoprostol) to end a pregnancy. These medications are normally taken within ten weeks of the first day of your last period. A surgical abortion is a surgical procedure that ends a pregnancy by removing the baby from the uterus through the vagina. Both procedures are serious and come with risks and side effects. Talk to your doctor before proceeding with either procedure.
According to medical professionals, here are the most common risks for each abortion procedure:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Some side effects are symptoms of potentially emergent conditions. Immediately call your clinic or seek medical attention if you experience the following symptoms:
- Passing blood clots that are larger than a lemon for more than two hours
- Bleeding that is heavy enough that you have to change your pad twice in one hour for two hours straight
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Pain or cramping that gets worse instead of better, especially after 48 hours
- Pregnancy symptoms that persist after one week
Before moving forward with a pregnancy decision, receive clear information about your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and an ultrasound. This includes checking for viability to determine if the pregnancy will possibly miscarry, making sure that the pregnancy is inside the uterus (not ectopic), and checking to see if the pregnancy has stopped developing (blighted ovum).
Receive free and confidential services from our medical staff and trained advocates at SP Women’s Center. We offer free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds so you can move forward. Our experienced staff will walk you through all of your options and answer any questions or concerns you might have.