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3 Things Needed Before Abortion

We know how confusing it may feel to determine what’s next for you in an unplanned pregnancy. We want to reassure you that you are not alone.

If you’re thinking about abortion, here are the 3 things to consider before abortion to best safeguard your health.

1. Confirm Your Pregnancy Details

Once you’ve taken a positive pregnancy test, confirm your pregnancy details with an ultrasound. An ultrasound goes a step further to confirm the following:

  • The viability of your pregnancy (if your pregnancy is progressing & healthy)
  • The location of your pregnancy (whether your pregnancy is growing within your uterus or you’re experiencing ectopic pregnancy)
  • How far along you are (determining what abortion options you have if eligible)

An ultrasound is essential for alerting you to any potential pregnancy complications and protects your health as you decide what’s next. We offer free and confidentially self-administered pregnancy tests and ultrasound referrals at our center today. 

2. Learn the Risks

Abortion is a serious medical procedure with serious physical risks. Possible risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Fever

Common risks of surgical abortion 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
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
  • Not removing all of the tissue, requiring another procedure

If you have questions or concerns about abortion and your unique health journey, contact your medical provider before an abortion to protect your health and safety.

3. Understand You Have Options

You have more than one option when it comes to your pregnancy. If you ever feel pressured into abortion, or any option, remember you have the final say.

Talk in a safe and non-judgmental space today to find answers. You are not alone. Schedule a free appointment with us to talk.

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