What should I know about abortion?
If you are unexpectedly pregnant, abortion is one of the options available to you. Like any medical procedure, it is important to be fully prepared beforehand. Here are some of the questions you should be able to answer before considering abortion.
Am I Really Pregnant?
Anywhere from 10-25% of all recognized or known pregnancies naturally end in miscarriage. Even if you’ve received a positive result on an at-home pregnancy test, it’s possible you are not really pregnant. We encourage you to come in for lab-quality, no-cost pregnancy testing to confirm your pregnancy.
How Far Along am I?
To determine how far along you are, you should have an ultrasound. Knowing the gestational age of your pregnancy will help you know what abortion procedures options are available to you. An ultrasound will also determine the location of the pregnancy, and whether there is a fetal heartbeat. If your pregnancy testing result from the Center for Women returns positive, you are eligible for a no-cost ultrasound at our center.
Do I have an STD?
If you have had unprotected sex, you are at risk for a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD.) STDs often do not result in symptoms and can cause long-term health problems. Having an abortion with an untreated STD can put you at risk for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID.) PID can cause ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and chronic pelvic pain.
There are a number of legal abortion procedures, and it is important to be informed about each of them, so you know what to expect and understand the potential risks. Knowing as much as you can empowers you to make the best decision possible for you.
While abortion is legal under federal U.S. law, each state has its own laws regarding abortion. It is important to understand these so you know what to expect if you are considering abortion. Learn more about Michigan’s abortion laws.
Our qualified and caring staff are the heart and soul of the Center for Women. If you are pregnant and considering your options, schedule an appointment to speak to one of them today.