What Do I Need to Know About Abortion?

Despite what you’ve been told, abortion isn’t simple. No matter which procedure you have, abortion has serious side effects and the potential for long-term risks. Get the facts before you make your decision. You have a right to know the whole story.

Am I Really Pregnant?

Experts say up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The number could actually be higher since most miscarriages occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. Obviously, if you’ve had a miscarriage, there’s no need to make an appointment with the abortion clinic.

A positive result on a pregnancy test should be verified. Because your body needs time after a miscarriage to realize you’re no longer pregnant, you could get a false positive test result. The best way to confirm if you’re still pregnant or you’ve miscarried is with an ultrasound. TryLife Center offers free limited ultrasounds. Schedule yours today.

Does It Matter How Far Along I Am?

The type of abortion procedure you get is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are less than 10 weeks, you would have a medication abortion. Another name for this type of abortion is the abortion pill or RU-486. It’s two different drugs taken several hours apart.

If your pregnancy is over 10 weeks, you’ll have a surgical abortion. Depending on the number of weeks, you could receive a D & C or a D & E. Dilation and curettage (D & C) uses a vacuum and scraping device. Dilation and evacuation (D & E) includes the use of forceps.

What Are the Side Effects and Risks?

There are a variety of side effects and risks that come with any abortion. They include excessive bleeding and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and a possible fever. With a surgical abortion, you have the potential for a perforated uterus or damage to your cervix. In addition, some women report emotional and psychological side effects after their abortion.

If you aren’t sure about the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant, an ultrasound can determine the date for you. Schedule your free limited ultrasound with us today.

Could I Have an STD?

If you’re sexually active, it is definitely possible to have an STD/STI. Pregnancy doesn’t prevent you from getting one. Everyone, especially those between the ages of 15 to 24, should be tested regularly. Many of the common STIs can be treated with antibiotics, but you’ve got to catch the infection early. Our center offers free STD/STI testing and treatment.