A lot of times women think of abortion as a first and only option when facing an unplanned pregnancy. There are often fears and worries about telling family and friends, finishing school, losing scholarships, having enough money and being left alone in their relationship. Having an abortion would allow everything to go back to the way it was before finding out about the pregnancy. But often, things don’t work out that way.
Any decision that you make regarding your pregnancy is a big decision. And with any big decision, it is important to take a deep breath and not rush into anything. It is important to be informed especially when a medical procedure like abortion is involved.
It is also important not to make a decision under pressure. This is your decision and it will affect you more than anyone. If someone is pressuring you to have an abortion, invite them to come to an appointment with you. If there is someone trying to force you to have an abortion, there is help available.
Having an abortion is a medical procedure and like any medical procedure, it does carry risks.1 Even an at home abortion using the abortion pill carries risk. Aside from physical risks, many women are also affected emotionally.2 This can surface a few weeks to several years after an abortion, even after feeling initial relief at the time of abortion.
When considering abortion, it is important to know
- How far along you are in your pregnancy, that the pregnancy is viable and in the uterus
- The types of abortion procedures and which one you will be having
- The risks involved
- If you have an STD
At Choices, we understand what you are going through. We have found that the best choice is an informed choice. Though we do not offer or refer for abortions at our clinic, our staff will give you accurate and honest information regarding your pregnancy and abortion procedures and risks. Schedule an appointment today and get the facts you need to make an informed decision.
1 Yang-Kaugh, C. (2013). Complications of Gynecologic Procedures, Abortion, and Assisted Reproductive Technology. In Emergency Medicine (2nd ed., pp. 1079-96. Saunders, and imprint of Elseiew Inc.
2Coleman, P.K. (2011). Abortion and mental health: Quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995–2009. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 180–86. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.077230.