An unplanned pregnancy can seem scary no matter what season of life you’re in. There’s a big decision ahead of you, and you deserve to know all about your options. Maybe parenting is not the option for you, but you’re considering abortion and adoption.

While we can’t tell you which one is right for you, we can inform you about the process of each. Both abortion and adoption have lifelong effects, so it’s essential to know about them before making your next move.

First, Confirm Your Pregnancy Results

Before you can move forward with a pregnancy decision – you want to confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. An ultrasound reveals if your pregnancy is viable (has a heartbeat and is growing) and how far along you are. The gestational age of your pregnancy determines what type of abortion you qualify for. 

There’s always a chance for ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Ultrasounds will detect complications like these and confirm the location of your pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy happens when the pregnancy is growing outside of the uterus and is very dangerous to your health if not detected and treated right away.

How Does Abortion Work?

Abortion may seem like a simple procedure, but it is quite complicated. There are significant risks and side effects, physically and emotionally. 

The two main types of abortion are medical and surgical abortion. Medical abortions are an option up until 10 weeks gestation. If you are further than 10 weeks, you may need a surgical procedure.

Common physical risks of medical abortion include infection, heavy bleeding, and incomplete abortion. Some of the physical risks of surgical abortion are damage to the womb/uterus, scarring of the uterus, and uterine perforation.

Is Adoption Right for Me?

Many women don’t know there are three options of adoption: open, closed, and semi-open. If the father is known, both the birth mother and father develop an adoption plan.

You get to choose an adoption plan based on what kind of relationship you want with the adoptive family and your child. Choose to have contact with them or not. The decision is yours to make!

It’s important to understand that choosing adoption has emotional effects, as it’s not easy. When choosing this option, emotions you could experience are grief, sadness, guilt/shame, denial, and uncertainty. Know that you don’t have to do it alone.

Get Answers Today

You probably have so many questions about both abortion and adoption. We can help answer your questions!

Talk to our compassionate team at Women’s Care Center to learn more about your pregnancy options. Also, confirm your pregnancy with our free and confidential pregnancy services.

Schedule your free appointment today to get started and take your next step with confidence.