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Here are 3 important pieces of information you need to have before making a decision about an abortion or the abortion pill.
ARE YOU PREGNANT
This is always the first question to ask. It’s important to get verification of pregnancy from a reliable independent source like a pregnancy test or ultrasound. Our center is here to help you confirm your pregnancy on a more personal basis, one-on-one, and to look at your particular situation and health factors. Just for starters, here are some facts about the basic procedures you might be considering.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS & RISKS
It is good you are taking the time to do some research before you make your final decision because there are risks, just as there are with any other medical procedure, and you are wise to weigh them.
EMOTIONAL RISKS INVOLVED
An abortion is a medical procedure that cannot be undone. There are different abortion procedures depending on how far along you are in this pregnancy. Each procedure has medical and psychological or emotional risks. We can provide information regarding abortion procedures and risks. Also, for women who need emotional support after an abortion, we have trained personnel who can help.
Methods of Abortion
MEDICAL NONSURGICAL ABORTION (Abortion Pill)
- During the first trimester (through 13 weeks of gestation) an abortion can be performed through medicine or surgery.
- Medical abortion uses medicine to end a pregnancy instead of surgery and is used early in pregnancy-70 days (10 weeks) or less from the first day of your last menstrual period.
This method requires several visits to your doctor:
- At the first abortion provider visit:
A woman swallows one mifepristone pill. This pill contains a drug that cuts off the supply of blood and nutrients to the developing embryo.
- 24 to 48 hours later:
The woman takes another drug, misoprostol, also called Cytotec. This causes the uterus to contract and cramping expels the embryo.
- Seven to fourteen days later:
The woman will return for a follow-up with her abortion provider to confirm that the abortion is complete.
- Incomplete abortion
- Allergic reaction to the medications
- Severe cramping
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Heavy bleeding
DILATION AND EVACUATION (Surgical Abortion)
During the second trimester (between 13 weeks of gestation and 22 weeks of gestation) an abortion can be performed by a surgical method known as dilation and evacuation.
This surgical procedure is performed in a surgical center or hospital:
- Before this procedure, the doctor will prepare the cervix. This process softens and stretches the cervix and may require one or more visits.
- Most women will experience some pain with this procedure. Before the procedure you will be given pain medicine, a sedative or both. For the procedure you will receive local anesthesia injected in the cervix.
- The cervix is stretched open using metal dilating rods. The fluid surrounding the baby (amniotic fluid) will be removed with a suction device placed into the uterus.
- A plastic tube is inserted in the uterus and connected to an electric or manual vacuum device that pulls the fetus’s body apart and out.
- A suction device will be inserted into the uterus at the end of the procedure to remove any fetal tissue that remains.
- After 14 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus,placenta and other contents of the womb may be removed piece by piece using surgical instruments.
- Incomplete abortion
- Pelvic infection
- Heavy bleeding
- Torn cervix
- Perforated uterus
Texas law states that abortion may not be performed after the post-fertilization age of 20 weeks or more, which is approximately 22 weeks or more of gestation.
THE EMOTIONAL SIDE OF ABORTION
Women report a range of emotions after an abortion. This can include:
- thoughts of suicide
- feelings of grief
- lowered self-esteem
- sexual dysfunction
- avoidance of emotional attachment
- substance abuse
For some women, these emotions may appear immediately after an abortion or gradually over a longer period of time.
Counseling or support before you make a decision to have an abortion is very important. If family help and support are not available to you, talking with a spiritual or professional counselor before having an abortion can help you better understand your decision. Many pregnancy resource centers can provide counsel to you.
Remember, it is a woman’s right to be fully informed by her doctor prior to any procedure. A woman should be encouraged to ask questions.
Our Center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. This center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.