If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, abortion is one of the options available to you. Before seeking an abortion, make sure you are up to date on the most current and accurate information on the procedures.
What do I need to know before an abortion?
Abortion is a medical procedure that terminates pregnancy. If you’re considering an abortion, like with any medical procedure, it’s important to be informed about your health. Before making an appointment at an abortion clinic, you should be able to answer these three questions about your body:
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along am I?
- Could I have an STD?
There are several legal abortion procedures in the U.S.: the abortion pill, the Aspiration procedure, and Dilation & Evacuation (D&E.) It is important to understand the actual procedures themselves and the risks associated with each. Knowing this information will help empower you to make the right decision for you. The staff at the Center for Women can provide more in-depth information about these procedures and what to expect.
Depending on the procedure, there are several common and more serious, long-term side effects of abortion. In addition to the physical side effects, many women report unexpected negative emotions following an abortion like grief, sadness, anxiety and depression. While there is no exact science to determine who experiences these emotions or how severely they might experience them, it is important to understand that women do feel them. At the Center for Women, we understand that the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy can be frightening and cause anxiety. It is important to us that you are informed about your body properly so that you can make the best choice possible for you. If you’re unexpectedly pregnant or think you might be, schedule an appointment for pregnancy testing and to discuss next steps.