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What If I Change My Mind About Having an Abortion?

Thinking about an unexpected pregnancy decision can be hard. Many women experience fear, confusion, and an assortment of complex emotions when contemplating their next steps. Pregnancy comes with changes. Not just physically, but mentally as well. After initially deciding on abortion, you’re having second thoughts. The indecision might be making you anxious, but this is normal. Choosing from one of your three options can be life-changing. You deserve to have all of the time and information you need to make the best choice for yourself.

Are you changing your mind about having an abortion? Avenue Women’s Center is here to support you as you think through your options. Receive information on abortion, adoption, and parenting in a confidential consultation. During your session, we’ll listen to your concerns and answer any of your valid questions. All services at our six Chicagoland locations are at no cost.

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Thinking About Abortion and Abortion Alternatives

It’s normal to feel afraid when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Not knowing what may happen after finding out you’re pregnant can be overwhelming. You may feel torn between your three options, and processing them all can be challenging. While you might have initially planned to have an abortion, maybe you’re starting to change your mind. Understandably, you may feel confused and uncertain, but that’s okay. You have time to think through what it is you want.

Before setting yourself on a certain path, it can be helpful to explore what you may be feeling. A lot of conflicting emotions can emerge when you’re pregnant. At first, you might have felt panic. Then anger, confusion, and maybe even a little sadness. The first few moments following an unexpected pregnancy revelation can be shocking. But the way you feel about your situation later may not always be consistent.

After taking a moment to breathe and calm down a little, how do you feel?

Support During a Decision About Abortion

It can be helpful to reach out for support if you’re changing your mind about your abortion decision. You may have questions on your mind about the procedure. Or, perhaps you want to look deeper into abortion alternatives. Researching all of this information on your own can be stressful. That’s why it’s recommended you reach out to a healthcare provider, a counselor, or a pregnancy consultant.

These professional resources can operate as attentive listeners. They can also provide you with answers to your questions. Some of the things you may want to consider as you construct a plan:

  • How much does an abortion cost? What are the abortion laws in my state? Does it make a difference to me if I don’t qualify for the abortion pill?
  • Do I know if I am at risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy? What is the gestational age of my pregnancy? Where can I schedule an ultrasound exam to learn these things?
  • What do I think about my other options? Do I have questions about parenting and adoption? What level of support is available to me if I choose an alternative to abortion?

There are many different routes you can take during an unexpected pregnancy journey. Before you venture down one, it’s recommended you gather the information and support you need. That way, you can feel confident you found the best option for yourself.

Do you need to talk about an abortion decision? Avenue Women’s Center has been serving women in the Chicagoland area since 1981. Our trained pregnancy consultants provide accurate information about abortion and abortion alternatives. We care deeply about your health and well-being. That’s why on top of a private appointment, we offer free, limited ultrasound exams. This will provide further information regarding your pregnancy and help inform your decision. As you think about how to move forward, know that we are here for you.

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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.