Are you considering an abortion? A lot of women who face unplanned pregnancies weigh the possibility of abortion as they think through their options. Since abortion is a life-changing decision, it is vital that you take enough time to consider all your options and learn more about each of them.
You have a right to get all the facts. Although we do not provide abortions, our nursing staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding having an abortion, as well as abortion procedures and physical and emotional risks associated with abortion. Take the time you need to equip yourself to make the best decision. We are here to educate you on all your options so that you can make an informed decision.
Types of Abortion
The two main types of abortion are medication and surgical. Which type of procedure is an option depends on how far along a pregnancy has progressed. You can find this out by having an ultrasound performed.
Medication Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
Medication abortion, or the abortion pill, is taken within the first 10 weeks of the pregnancy. A medication abortion will end a pregnancy by stopping the flow of progesterone to the pregnancy and subsequently inducing labor to remove the fetus through the vagina. This process results in heavy bleeding, severe cramping, and other discomforts. LifeTalk does not provide the abortion pill.
Depending on the progress of the pregnancy and the size of the fetus, there are different types of surgical abortions available. Essentially, surgical abortions involve the use of tools and local anesthesia to open the cervix and remove the fetus. The fetus is removed from the uterus by using forceps or suction. After the procedure ends, women often deal with cramping, bleeding, fever, and additional side effects.
As is the case with all medical procedures, abortions come with their share of risks. Here are a few of these risks:
- Heavy bleeding and cramping
- Incomplete abortion
- Cervical tears
- Uterine perforation
Before an Abortion
Before you make a final decision and schedule an abortion, you will have to complete a few steps to ensure that you have all the needed information. Your first step is to take a pregnancy test and receive an ultrasound to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy. We offer pregnancy tests and sonograms for free.
After confirming the viability of the pregnancy, you need to fully consider all your options and their ramifications before you move forward. Make sure that you understand the impacts that each option would have on your future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us today. We are here to help you in any way we can.