If you are considering abortion, we believe it’s your right to understand all the facts first.
You deserve to make an informed decision that you feel secure about because you have been empowered with the knowledge you need to understand how this option can impact you.
Is Abortion Really That Big A Deal?
Abortion is a decision women get to make. They may choose this option for different reasons, and it’s usually a very personal choice.
However, just as with any medical intervention or medication, it’s important to know what the fine print says. No one should be rushed into a decision with risks they were unaware of. That’s why we believe abortion should be discussed and women should be provided the information they deserve before an abortion procedure.
It’s your life, your decision, and your health. You have the right to protect your health and make decisions impacting it.
What Should I Know?
Understanding how this option can impact you is important. Speaking with a trusted provider or local pregnancy center will assist you in knowing more.
Does My Health Qualify?
Some women don’t know that their health doesn’t qualify for certain abortion procedures. It’s important to provide your medical and health history to your doctor.
Have I Confirmed Pregnancy with More Than A Home Pregnancy Test?
Confirming pregnancy with a highly accurate test and an ultrasound will assist you in understanding what options are available to you. An ultrasound can provide important information such as location, viability, and gestational age of the pregnancy.
Mayo Clinic provides helpful information on ectopic pregnancy and medical abortion. If a pregnancy is located outside of the uterus, it is considered ectopic and is usually a medical emergency. If you’re considering a medical abortion (ending the pregnancy with medication), it’s important to know the risks, preparations involved, and what to expect. Medical abortion should not be used in certain situations outlined by Mayo Clinic.
Medication abortion is only FDA-approved through the first 9 weeks of pregnancy.
Do I Have A Firm Understanding Of The Risks?
Know the risks, which depending on the type of abortion procedure used, can be: :
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the abortion doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Other risks may include:
- Injury to the uterine lining or cervix
- Uterine perforation
When speaking with a professional, this is your time to ask questions and state any concerns because they are valid and deserve answers. Don’t hesitate to gain the knowledge you need to make a confident decision and protect your health.
Where Can I Go to Learn More?
Have additional questions? We’re here for you. Learn more about your options, and gain the clarity you’re seeking.
We also offer free services such as pregnancy tests, limited medical ultrasounds, and options consultations to give you definite answers so you can plan your next step.
Contact us today and let us know how we can assist you!
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.