If this pregnancy took you by surprise, you may be feeling overwhelmed right now. It’s important not to make a quick decision before you have all the facts and have explored all your options. It can really help to talk it over with one of our team members so you can feel confident you have made the best decision for your own situation. It’s also important not to let anyone else pressure you–even those you love.
Basically, there are two choices: to accept the pregnancy and give birth, or to terminate the pregnancy. If you choose to continue the pregnancy, you will eventually need to make another choice: choose to parent your child alone; parent your child with the help of the father (or someone else you can trust); or choose another family to parent your child.
If you are considering pregnancy termination, here are some basic facts on the methods of abortion:
Medical or Chemical Abortion
A non-surgical abortion, often referred to as a “medical” or “chemical” abortion, can be done between the fifth and seventh weeks of pregnancy (seven to nine weeks after the first day of your last period). This type of abortion requires taking pills which end the pregnancy (mifepristone or RU-486) and cause the uterus to contract and expel the embryo (misoprostol).
Side effects from this type of abortion include excessive bleeding (lasting from several days to a few weeks), heart palpitations, infection and incomplete abortion (in this case you would need to have a surgical abortion afterward).
There are several contraindications for chemical abortion, so a thorough medical history should be done on any woman interested in this procedure.
For more information on chemical abortion, the possible risk factors and whether this procedure would be an option for you, please call us at (708) 352-5000.
The most common type of abortion is surgical abortion, also referred to as “in clinic” abortion. A procedure known as suction aspiration, often accompanied by dilation and curettage (scraping of the uterus) is done from six weeks to about twelve to fourteen weeks. It involves a “twilight” or general anesthetic (being “put to sleep”), a dilation (opening up) of the cervix and a suctioning and/or surgical removal of the fetus. Possible risk factors for this type of procedure include severe cramping, excessive bleeding, blood clot formation, damage to the cervix and perforation of the uterus. Some women undergoing this procedure also complain of psychological trauma, including depression, relationship difficulties and feelings of regret.
Dilation and evacuation is a procedure done after fourteen weeks of pregnancy (dilating the cervix, sometimes with seaweed strips, and surgically removing the fetus). This type of abortion has similar risk factors to surgical abortions done earlier. Obviously, the farther along a woman is in her pregnancy, the more risk factors she may be facing.
For more information on surgical abortion, the possible risk factors and whether this procedure would be an option for you, please call us at (708) 352-5000.