Facing an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming, and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do next. However, if you’re considering abortion, there are three necessary steps to protect your health and safety. These three steps are understanding the facts, getting an ultrasound, and reviewing your medical situation.
Read on to learn more about these steps. Or, if you want to speak to someone in person about your pregnancy options, contact us today to be connected with one of our caring team members—all appointments are confidential and offered free of charge.
1. Understand the Facts
Abortion is a permanent, life-changing procedure that ends a viable pregnancy. If you’re considering this option, knowing all the facts—including the side effects and risks—is essential to be prepared.
An abortion causes cramping and bleeding, but the following side effects are also possible:
Risks are less common but more severe and include:
- Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the pregnancy remain in the uterus
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Both medical and surgical abortion can present mental health risks as well.
According to a report by American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA), some women experience “sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.”
2. Get an Ultrasound
An ultrasound is a harmless scan that can reveal the critical information about your pregnancy you need to know to stay safe.
During an ultrasound, the technician will look for a heartbeat. This is important for determining the viability of your pregnancy. If no heartbeat is detected, you won’t need an abortion.
A medical professional will also take measurements to determine the age of your pregnancy—which is vital since this information will dictate your available options.
This will rule out or confirm an ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening condition in which the pregnancy develops outside the uterus.
At You Medical, we offer no-cost, limited ultrasounds. Schedule your appointment today.
3. Review Your Medical Situation
Medical abortion isn’t an option for everyone. If you’re taking certain medications or have specific medical issues, medical abortion isn’t recommended for safety reasons. This is why speaking with a qualified medical provider regarding your unique situation is essential.
Your Next Step: Visit You Medical
Facing an unexpected pregnancy can feel scary, but you’re not alone. At You Medical, we’re here for you with pregnancy verification, support, and resources at no cost. We can help you make a confident decision about how to move forward. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.