Maybe abortion is something you’ve never thought about before. Or, perhaps you’ve always considered it an option if faced with this situation. Whether or not you’ve ever given abortion serious consideration, you owe it to yourself to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you. Schedule an appointment to begin the important conversation about this major life choice.
Understand all the options available to you along with the potential risks. Our caring team can provide you with accurate information to help you make the decision that is right for you.
Types of Abortion
Also known as the abortion pill, medication abortion involves taking a series of two drugs to terminate and expel the pregnancy. The first drug, mifepristone is often taken at the doctor’s office, and the second drug, misoprostol, is taken at home at least 24 hours later.
Medication abortion is only FDA-approved for women up to ten weeks pregnant. After this, a surgical abortion would be needed. According to the Mayo Clinic, the potential risks to medication abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion – may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- Heavy/prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
The surgical abortion process is more invasive, involving anesthesia and surgery. Abortion methods differ depending on how far along the pregnancy is. Each surgical procedure involves removing the pregnancy through the vagina.
There are also serious potential risks to surgical abortion. These risks include:
- Damage to the womb or cervix
- Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
- Excessive bleeding
- Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Scarring of the inside of the uterus
- Not removing all of the tissue, requiring another procedure
Confirm to Know Your Abortion Options
First, confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound to understand the details of your pregnancy. It’s important to have an ultrasound early in pregnancy to determine how far along you are, if your pregnancy is viable, and the location of your pregnancy.
An ultrasound will help confirm any pregnancy complications like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (this happens when the pregnancy is growing outside the uterus). You owe it to yourself to have all the information you need before making a decision. At Alpha Omega Center we will provide all of this for you free, We are here for you no matter what you decide.
The Choice is Yours
It is important to understand that the decision you make regarding pregnancy is yours and yours alone. If you are a minor (under the age of 18), your parents cannot force you to have an abortion, and they are legally required to care for you regardless of your decision. Your partner can’t force you to have an abortion either.
Your friends may be well-meaning and you may think they have your best interests at heart, but know that you will be the one who has to live with whatever decision you make. Be sure that this is your choice and that you have all the information you need.
before you make your decision
If you need more information about abortion and all your options, talk confidentially to our team at Alpha Omega Center today. Visit our checklist before abortion page for information to consider.
All of our services are 100% free; therefore, we do not profit from the decision that you make. This allows us to focus completely on you, and on helping you find the best option for you.
Confirm your pregnancy today and learn about all your pregnancy options to be better informed for making your decision. You are not alone.