If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering abortion. In fact, it may seem like your only option. There is a lot to consider before you make a final decision though. At Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center, you can talk with us about what to expect from abortion procedures and possible risks. We want to empower you to make an informed decision. Our goal is to provide factual answers to your questions so there is no doubt about your next step.
what do i need to know about abortion?
An abortion is a medical method of terminating a pregnancy. How far along you are in your pregnancy determines what kind of abortion you may have.
Types of abortion
The abortion pill (RU486) is known as a medication abortion. This procedure can only occur before your first nine or ten weeks of pregnancy. The abortion pill method is actually a series of two drugs. The first drug causes the lining of your uterus to thin so the embryo cannot stay implanted. The second drug causes your uterus to cramp to help your body expel the pregnancy.
If you’re further than nine or ten weeks along in your pregnancy, the abortion pill won’t be an option for you. You will need to have a surgical abortion procedure. There are a number of different types, but all involve injections, dilation and a suction device. This type of abortion is more invasive and can cause extreme side effects.
What Are the risks?
Whether you’re able to choose the abortion pill or a surgical option, it’s important to remember abortion is a serious medical procedure. Like any other medical procedure, it comes with a variety of side effects, risks, and long-term impact.
Common physical side effects include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
- Possible damage to your cervix
- Potential for a perforated uterus
In addition to the above side effects, there is a possibility that an incomplete abortion could lead to the inability to have children in the future or even death. It is also important to mention that many women experience emotional and psychological side effects after an abortion. Some women have an overwhelming sense of guilt and regret.
What Should I Do First?
Prior to any abortion, you will need to verify your pregnancy and find out how far along you are. Through pregnancy testing and a limited ultrasound at Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center, we can answer those questions for you. Both services are free and completely confidential.
If you have questions or want to know more about abortion procedures and the possible side effects, please call us. We want you to be fully informed. You are not in this alone. We are here for you. Talk with us before making a decision about your unplanned pregnancy.