If you are considering termination for your pregnancy, you may be trying to learn as much as possible about abortion procedures and costs. It is imperative to make an informed decision for your pregnancy.
As you are learning more about abortion, consider the following questions to ensure you are prepared for whatever decision you make.
1. Is your pregnancy viable?
A viable pregnancy is one that is safely located in the uterus and can develop under normal conditions. Approximately 10-15% of all known pregnancies result in miscarriage according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The viability of a pregnancy is determined through a limited obstetrical ultrasound.
2. How far along is your pregnancy?
This is important because it determines the type of abortion you can consider. The further along you are, the more limited the options, and the more the procedures could cost. An ultrasound is the only way to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.
3. Is there a heartbeat?
Heart motion can be seen during a limited obstetrical ultrasound.
4. Do you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
If you are considering an abortion, it is critical to be tested for STDs. If you have an STD, and it is not treated, you can develop an infection that can spread into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and other parts of the body. This infection can cause damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus and other tissues and organs in the body. This damage then can lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and an increased potential for having an ectopic pregnancy.
5. Are you at risk for regret?
Scientific evidence is mixed on the effects of an abortion. Important life decisions always have the potential to affect your future. Self-reflection can reveal much about the potential for regret.
As you think about your future, give thought to these questions
• How did you feel about abortion before you were pregnant?
• Have your feelings about it changed now that you are facing this pregnancy?
• Are you being pressured or coerced to choose abortion?
• Do you currently struggle with depression or anxiety?
• Are you having difficulty making a decision about your pregnancy?
• What are your thoughts about pregnancy when you are all alone?
• Do you want the baby?
• Is abortion against your values?
• Do you have strong religious beliefs about abortion?
• Are you feeling the need to keep the abortion a secret?
After you have dealt with all the items above, you may need details about the types, costs, and potential risks of abortion. We also offer an options consultation. Be informed and make an appointment today! You do not need insurance or payment. All our medical services are provided at no cost to you.
Sources for this page:
Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/Data_Stats/Abortion.htm
American Psychological Association, Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. (2008). Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/mental-health-abortion-report.pdf