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What Information Do I Need to Know About Abortion?

It’s not uncommon for women to struggle with deciding if abortion is the right unexpected pregnancy option for them. Many women find they still have questions despite initially feeling sure about their decision. Finding a path you feel comfortable with often involves careful reflection and information-gathering.  Every woman’s situation is unique. Before you commit to an abortion decision, it’s important to take time to dig deeper. What information do you need to know about abortion?

If you’re thinking about abortion, you do not have to research your options on your own. Avenue Women’s Center is here to help. Our expert pregnancy consultants will walk you through abortion, the different procedures, and abortion alternatives. We’re here to ensure you feel confident when moving forward with one of your options. During your appointment, our caring staff will supply you with any of the reliable information that you need. This will save you the trouble of having to track it down by yourself. Meet with us for a confidential consultation at one of our six DuPage County locations. 

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Are There Different Types of Abortion Procedures?

Understanding the differences between a surgical and non-surgical abortion may be relevant to your decision. Are you more comfortable with one over the other? How might the gestational age of your pregnancy also play a role here? This may be something you want to consider as you contemplate your options.

To be certain of how far along you are, you can schedule an ultrasound exam.  An ultrasound will generally be able to assess your risk of early complications. Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are conditions that often require treatment if detected. As a result, you may no longer be eligible for an abortion.

If it’s still early in your pregnancy, then medical abortion may be an option. Women who go this route typically take what’s known as the abortion pill. Often, you’ll be instructed to take two medicines that will terminate the pregnancy.

Women who are further along may have an in-clinic abortion. This type of procedure varies depending on how far along you are in the pregnancy. But usually, a surgical abortion involves the use of medical instruments. The process length may vary according to your gestational age.

Knowing what each abortion procedure looks like can help you know what to expect and if abortion is the right choice for you. It’s a good idea to ensure you understand what each scenario might look like. For further clarification, you may want to contact a healthcare provider or a pregnancy consultant.

How Will I Feel Emotionally After an Abortion?  

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel after an abortion.  Most women experience a variety of emotions afterward.  Some may report feeling fine. Others may go through periods of sadness or guilt. It’s also not abnormal to experience all of these things at once.

Choosing to have an abortion can be emotional. This is why you may want to meet with a supportive resource. Within a nonjudgmental environment, you can talk openly about your concerns. The way you feel about having an abortion may also depend on your personal view. And what you think about being pregnant. It can be a good idea to talk about these things to be certain you know how you feel.

Are There Physical Side Effects to an Abortion?

As with any medical procedure, abortion may come with a set of risks. The degree of complications you feel can vary. Some women have reported bleeding or cramping that lasted a few days or weeks. If you notice any of your symptoms have worsened, contact a medical professional. In more serious cases, it’s recommended you call 911 right away.

All of this might seem like a lot of information to take in. For help processing through everything, it’s recommended you contact a professional resource.

Are you looking for further information about abortion? Avenue Women’s Center can provide you with a free consultation to discuss your options. Our pregnancy consultants will address your individual questions and concerns. The free, limited ultrasound exam we offer clients allows them to learn more about their pregnancy. This can help you as you figure out your next steps. We know this be a difficult situation to find yourself in. That’s why we’re here to support you throughout the entirety of your unexpected pregnancy journey.

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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.