The pregnancy test was positive, and the ultrasound confirmed you are pregnant. Now what? Are you considering abortion? Women often consider abortion first because they are not aware of other opportunities. If abortion is your first thought, you owe it to yourself to get as much information as possible before moving forward.
Making a decision about your pregnancy is never easy. Abortion is a serious medical procedure. It is life-changing. Women considering abortion often have these questions:
- Do I have to have surgery?
- Can I just take a pill to make it go away?
- Does it hurt?
- How much does it cost?
All of these questions are valid and we are here to answer them. You deserve to have the facts about abortion and all of your other options.
Different abortion methods are used to end a pregnancy based on how far along you are. If you have had a free pregnancy test and ultrasound at Cornerstone, you will know the date of conception and gestational age. There are two main types of abortion, medication abortion, and surgical abortion. Your client advocate will be happy to sit down and talk with you in detail about all abortion procedures.
Medication or non-surgical abortion uses RU-486, a chemical that terminates an early pregnancy. This method is used up to the 9th week of a woman’s pregnancy. The process involves ingesting two powerful drugs, one of which can only be distributed by specific licensed physicians. If the procedure is not successful, you may be required to have a surgical abortion.
If you are past your 9th week of pregnancy, or a medication abortion fails, you will need to have a surgical abortion. This is an extremely invasive procedure using surgical instruments and suction devices to remove the pregnancy from your uterus. How far along you are in your pregnancy will determine which type of surgical abortion you would receive.
If you would like to talk with one of our client advocates about abortion procedures, make an appointment. We are ready to talk with you at any time.
Whenever you take drugs or have a surgical procedure, you will have side effects and risks. Possible side effects include heavy bleeding, intense cramping, and feeling faint. The risk of a pelvic infection, tearing of the cervix, uterine perforation, or hemorrhaging are all possible too. We have a thorough list of what to expect after a medication or surgical abortion.
In addition to abortion, you have other options. Let’s talk about what is right for you.
Abortion not only has the possibility of physically harming you, it can damage you both mentally and emotionally too. If you have personally experienced the effects of an abortion or know someone who is struggling with their decision to abort, we are here for you. Cornerstone recognizes that many women and men experience unresolved feelings after an abortion. Feelings can range from guilt or shame to hopelessness and depression.
Talk with us about your abortion choice. We understand and have the resources to help you heal. Make an appointment with a client advocate today.