If you’re wondering how soon you can get an abortion, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you’ve just received a positive result on a urine or blood-based pregnancy test. Maybe you haven’t even confirmed the pregnancy yet, but you’ve noticed signs of a possible pregnancy and you’re already beginning to panic. Many persons facing circumstances like yours feel an anxiety-driven urgency to end the pregnancy as soon as possible. As real as these emotions may be, and as uncomfortable as they feel, your feelings may be poor indicators of how much time you really have to resolve this. Still, an unexpected pregnancy (or even the possibility of one) can feel terrifying. Seeking a quick abortion is a common knee-jerk reaction. Our expert staff at Avenue Women’s Center sees you in that challenging space, and we’re here for you.
First and foremost, it’s important to confirm that you’re pregnant. Avenue provides free medical-grade pregnancy tests to help you find clarity. Once you’ve taken that step, there are practical follow-up steps you can take to ensure you’re making an informed pregnancy decision that you can feel confident in both now and in the future. Most persons have the time that they need to prepare for their own best pregnancy outcome.
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Understanding the Basic Facts
The abortion pill (which is a regimen of two medications- mifepristone and misoprostol) is FDA-approved through 10 weeks of gestation (development in the uterus). Surgical abortion may be accessible weeks or months beyond this point. However, there are various factors to think about, like medical and legal considerations. It’s beneficial to consult a medical professional and learn about abortion laws in your area before making your pregnancy decision. Abortion legality in the U.S. has become far more complex in recent months. And certain abortion methods aren’t medically right for everyone.
Persons facing an unexpected pregnancy very often suspect that they’re pregnant weeks before their abortion pill “window of opportunity” closes, and months before a surgical abortion may become inaccessible. A missed period is often the first sign. This means you likely have time to process, learn, and seek support before a pregnancy decision needs to be made.
Understanding Why It’s Smart to See a Medical Professional
Discussing your situation with a medical professional before choosing to abort would be wise. That’s because an abortion is a medical process. Like any medical procedure, it comes with risks and those risks may vary depending on each person’s unique body and/or situation. A medical professional can discuss your unique needs with you, potentially help you find solutions, and assist you in creating a pregnancy plan that prioritizes your health. If you choose to have an abortion, it’s important to go to the recommended follow-up appointment after the procedure.
According to the FDA, The United States’ Mifepristone REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) Program requires that the abortion pill, “be dispensed by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber or by certified pharmacies for prescriptions issued by certified prescribers.” The Mifepristone REMS Program includes safeguards designed to protect the health of consumers. The FDA does not recommend purchasing the abortion pill outside of the Mifepristone REMS Program. So, if you choose to take the abortion pill, the FDA advises that you complete this process under the oversight of a qualified medical professional.
What Would it Look Like to Slow Down?
In most cases, there isn’t a true need to make a pregnancy decision urgently. A choice for abortion, adoption, or parenting is significant. So, why not use the time that you have to learn about your pregnancy and your options, gather support, and process your next steps? Our services at Avenue are designed to help you do just that. What you discover during this temporary waiting period may shed new light on your situation. This information may clarify how much time you have to prepare for your pregnancy choice too, based on factors like how far along you are (which an ultrasound can show). Once you understand the time frame you’re looking at, you’ll be better equipped to manage the timing of your decision-making process so a conclusion can be reached before some of your options become unavailable. Plus, getting answers to questions like, “How much time do I have?” may lower your anxiety. Your circumstances may be overwhelming, but you’re fully capable of managing them with care and confidence. Breathe. There’s time to let your emotions settle. You can handle this!
You may not have to make your pregnancy decision at this moment, but your time is very valuable- even if you have plenty of it. Our caring staff at Avenue gets this. That’s why we’re committed to serving the persons who connect with us as promptly and attentively as possible. Appointments are often available same-day!
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U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2023, March). Information about Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. Retrieved from: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/information-about-mifepristone-medical-termination-pregnancy-through-ten-weeks-gestation
Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.