No one is fully prepared for an unplanned pregnancy. When you saw a positive result on your pregnancy test, you may have experienced a moment of disbelief, followed by a rush of fear. We get it.
We imagine you might be considering abortion. In fact, you may be thinking abortion is your only option. We are committed to giving you accurate information about abortion and its side effects, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It costs nothing to talk with us. Call us today!
How To Know If Abortion Is Right For You
We want you to have as much information as possible on abortion procedures, potential side effects, and risks as you decide. Pregnancy Resources of Abilene does not provide or refer for abortion procedures, but we do have a lot of information available. You can make a confident choice when you have the facts.
Remember, you need to have a pregnancy test and ultrasound before you can begin the abortion process. We offer both at no cost to you. You do not have to make this decision alone. We are here for you. Please talk with us before making a decision about your unplanned pregnancy.
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What Is Abortion?
Abortion is a medical method of terminating a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion, medication and surgical. How far along you are in your pregnancy determines what kind of abortion you can have. It is never easy to make a decision about your unplanned pregnancy. It is life-changing. Are you asking yourself any of these questions?
- Can I afford an abortion?
- Does it hurt to get an abortion?
- Is there anything else I can do?
- Do I have to tell my parents?
- My boyfriend doesn’t want to be involved. Is there anybody who will support me?
All of these questions are valid, and we are here to answer them. You deserve to have the facts about abortion procedures. Plus, we want to tell you about the other options available.
Before you can have an abortion, you need to know how far along you are in your pregnancy and if the baby is continuing to grow. You don’t need to pay for a pregnancy test or an ultrasound. Come to Pregnancy Resources for free lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound before making a decision. Getting an ultrasound is the only way to estimate how far along you are, and if your pregnancy is viable.
The abortion pill (RU486) is known as medication abortion. You only qualify for a medication abortion if your pregnancy is less than 11 weeks. The abortion pill method is actually two drugs administered with several pills.
The first drug causes the lining of your uterus to thin so the embryo cannot stay implanted, thereby ending the pregnancy. The second drug causes your uterus to cramp to help your body expel the pregnancy. You can expect severe cramping, excessive bleeding that can last for weeks, and nausea. There are several health risks associated with medication abortion too.
If you’re further along than nine or ten weeks, you cannot use the abortion pill method. You will need to have a surgical abortion. A surgical abortion is an invasive procedure that must be performed in a medical clinic with medical staff.
There are several different types, depending on how far along your pregnancy is. Still, all involve injections, dilation, and a suction device. The side effects are more intense, and there is a greater possibility for long-term complications. The length of your pregnancy also determines how expensive your abortion will be.
A Serious Medical Procedure
Whether you can have a medication or surgical abortion, remember, abortion is a serious procedure. Like any other procedure, it comes with various side effects, risks, and long-term impact. Here are some you might experience:
- Hemorrhaging (severe bleeding)
- Infection that could lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Damage to the cervix or a perforated uterus
- Incomplete abortion followed by another procedure
It is also important to mention that many women experience emotional and psychological side effects after an abortion. Some women have an overwhelming sense of guilt, loss, and regret.