Are you considering abortion for your unplanned pregnancy? There are two types, medication and surgical. Which method you qualify for is determined by how far you are into your pregnancy.
Before Scheduling An Abortion
It’s essential to take care of first things first. Have you had your pregnancy confirmed with lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound? At AscentCare Pregnancy Services, we offer both at no cost to you.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound First?
You probably think a positive pregnancy test is all you need to schedule an abortion, but there’s more to know. An ultrasound is the best way to get the information.
Do you know if your pregnancy is viable (growing)? Are you positive you know when your pregnancy began? Ultrasound can answer these and other questions.
Experts say up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You could have had a miscarriage and still get a positive pregnancy test. If you’ve miscarried, there’s no need to schedule an abortion.
Knowing the beginning date of your pregnancy determines which abortion method you will have. And, you will learn if your pregnancy is implanted in the correct location. If your pregnancy isn’t in your uterus, it could be a life-threatening medical situation.
The abortion pill method is a medication abortion that uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy. The FDA approves the use of this procedure up to 70 days after the first day of your last menstrual cycle.
The first drug blocks a hormone called progesterone, which is necessary for growth in pregnancy. The second drug causes a woman’s body to contract to expel the pregnancy from her body.
Side Effects and Risks of Medication Abortion
- An incomplete abortion requiring further drugs or surgery
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Intense cramping
Abortion providers perform surgical abortions in-clinic. Once again, the number of days or weeks you’ve been pregnant determines the type of surgical procedure you receive.
Surgical abortions range from Vacuum or Suction Aspiration, which uses suction to pull the pregnancy out, to surgeries requiring scraping tools and forceps.
Side Effects and Risks of Surgical Abortion
- Damage to the uterus or cervix
- Excessive bleeding
- Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Scarring of the inside of the uterus
- Not removing all the tissue, requiring another procedure
Is Abortion Right For You?
Any abortion is a major medical and emotional decision that should be thought through carefully. Do you need someone to talk to about your pregnancy, abortion procedures and risks, and your next steps?
Our caring staff at AscentCare is here for you. Schedule a no-cost appointment to talk with us. Get the answers you deserve with the no-cost pregnancy services we offer. Schedule your appointment with us today and start on the road to a confident decision.