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Is a Medical Abortion Right for Me?

Is a medical abortion right for me

If you recently found out you’re pregnant, and that wasn’t part of the plan, there are understandably a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your head…maybe even fear.  Fear of being pregnant…of telling your boyfriend and parents…of lost dreams…of lack of support…of what others will think of you. Even fear of abandonment.

For many women, fear is so strong they just want to get rid of the “problem” as quickly as possible and move on with their lives.  While this is a normal reaction for many – fear has a powerful effect on our emotions – making a decision regarding a pregnancy should not be rushed.  Educate yourself first…get the facts.

An empowered decision is a confident decision.

Here are a few important things to consider if you’re wondering whether the abortion pill is right for you:

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The abortion pill is an FDA-approved, non-surgical option for abortion. The two medications – one taken under doctor supervision, the other usually at home – can take up to 14 days to complete the pregnancy termination.  It’s important to schedule a  follow-up exam with your doctor to be sure no remains are left inside your body.

There are side effects you might experience.

Most commonly, women report experiencing prolonged bleeding and severe cramping, as well as nausea or vomiting, dizziness, pelvic pain, diarrhea, weakness, and back pain.  According to a reputable study of actual medical records, women who had a chemical abortion were four times more likely to experience serious medical complications, when compared to surgical abortions.

Psychological effects, such as guilt, anxiety, numbness/depression, flashbacks, even suicidal thoughts or actions, in extreme cases, can be the result of any event that causes trauma.

Relationships with those around you may also be impacted by your choice – boyfriend or husband, mother, father, children, friends.

How far along are you?

The medical abortion can only be taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Finding out how far along you are is as simple as having an ultrasound, which First Step can offer at no cost to you.

Medical abortion is ineffective for ectopic pregnancies, which occur if your fertilized egg attaches in one of the fallopian tubes.  An ultrasound can confirm a pregnancy is in the uterus.

Ordering the abortion pill, or any medication, online is dangerous.

There is no guarantee of where the medication came from, what’s in it, or how it will affect your body. Always seek guidance for medications from your doctor.

Making the best choice for your future can be difficult, but when you need assistance, First Step Women’s Center is here to help. We’ve been educating women for years, helping people just like you to make smart, empowered decisions about the road to come.

For your best next step, schedule a confidential pre-abortion consultation at no cost to you. Contact us today.

P.S.  If you have only taken the first pill, and are having second thoughts, it may not be too late to change your mind if you act quickly.  Call the 24/7 hotline at 1-877-558-0333.

Sources:
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/020687s020lbl.pdfhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/somatic-psychology/201010/post-abortion-stress-syndrome-pass-does-it-exist
https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/01/planned-parenthood-polices-itself-donna-harrison/