If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may be considering abortion. Women oftentimes realize after abortion that they were not fully prepared for the procedure. At Birthright, we hope to empower you with information so that you can make the right decision for you.
Abortion is a medical procedure that terminates pregnancy. The procedures involve more than you might initially think, and it’s important that you understand the various aspects of it. If you have any questions, let’s talk! Our supportive and qualified staff are here to listen without judgment.
First, you need to know if you are pregnant. Come in today for free pregnancy testing, and our staff will be right by your side throughout the whole process. When your results come in, we’ll be here to discuss how you feel and the options you have available to you.
If you are unexpectedly pregnant, abortion is one of the options you may be thinking about. Maybe you have even decided to have an abortion. It is important to understand the aspects of each type of abortion in order to make the best decision possible for you and your body.
There are three different legal abortion procedures in the US. Here we’ll briefly discuss each, so any questions you have, as well as more in-depth information, can be discussed during your appointment.
RU-486, often known as the abortion pill, is a two-pill process. The first pill contains Mifepristone, which stops the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy. Progesterone is a natural hormone created by the female body, and it is vital to continue pregnancy. Mifepristone is usually taken while at the doctor’s office. The second pill, typically taken at home between 24 to 48 hours after the first, is called Misoprostol. This begins contractions, which expels the tissue from the uterus.
Aspiration is a surgical abortion procedure. It must be performed by a medical professional. With Aspiration, a local anesthetic will be administered before the uterine contents are removed by a suctioning device.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is a more involved surgical procedure than Aspiration because the pregnancy is typically more advanced. Twenty-four hours prior to the abortion, synthetic dilators are inserted to begin the dilation process. In addition to the method described for the Aspiration procedure, D&E may utilize additional surgical instruments to make sure nothing remains in the uterus.
Like any medical procedure, there are a number of risks associated with abortion to be aware of. Heavy bleeding and cramping are often reported with RU-486. Risks involved with the Aspiration and D&E procedures include heavy bleeding, nausea or vomiting, blood clots, sweating, dizziness, infection, damage to the cervix or uterus, and increased risk of infertility and some cancers. Some women also report unexpected emotional side effects like guilt, sadness, depression, and anxiety.
Pregnancy is a big deal and can be a topic that many have opinions about. If your partner, family member, friend, or others are pressuring you to make a choice, know that only you can make the decision for your next steps. We are here to support and listen to you as you take those next steps. Learn more on how we can help by scheduling an appointment today.
The staff at Birthright can discuss each of your options with you, including abortion. If you’re unexpectedly pregnant and want to learn more about your options, let’s talk. Schedule your appointment with us today.