If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be experiencing stress and wondering what to do next. If you feel that you are not ready to parent, but are worried about the side effects of abortion, creating an adoption plan could be the best decision for you.
An abortion is a serious procedure that can impact your health and future, so it’s important to know all the facts before you make a decision.
First, an abortion can affect your mental health. Studies show that post-abortive women face an increased risk for depression and other problems like substance abuse and anxiety.
A study by the British Journal of Psychiatry demonstrated that abortion is associated with increased risks of psychological problems resulting from the procedure.
Side Effects of Abortion
Any abortion, whether surgical or medical, has the potential for serious risks and side effects. In addition to the mental health impacts–like depression– there are many other common side effects of abortion including the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Light vaginal bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sore breasts
Risks of Abortion
A surgical abortion also includes well-known risks, including infection, perforation of the uterus, and scar tissue on the uterine wall. Medical abortions also have common risks such as incomplete abortion (requiring a follow-up surgical abortion), heavy and prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, and digestive system discomfort.
Is Adoption for you?
If you’re concerned about the side-effects and risks of abortion, but feel you are not yet ready to parent, adoption could be an option for you. Modern adoption gives you the ability to create an adoption plan for you–empowering you to choose an open, closed, or semi-open adoption. These are all options which you can choose, depending on what kind of relationship you are comfortable having with your child and the adoptive family.
Talk to us today to learn more about your pregnancy options, including creating an adoption plan that fits your lifestyle.