If you are considering having an abortion, there are critical questions that you need to have answered first. Many factors can impact the outcome of your procedure. At A Woman’s Choice, our clinic staff will provide you with the medical services and information to answer all of these important questions:
What type of abortion procedure will I have?
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may have any one of the following abortion procedures:
- Vacuum Aspiration (within 6-12 weeks LMP)
- D&C – Dilation & Curettage (within 12-15 weeks LMP)
- D&E – Dilation & Evacuation (within 15-21 weeks LMP)
Can I take the Abortion Pill?
- The Abortion Pill, or RU-486, can be used up to 70 days after conception, or 10 weeks of pregnancy. First, however, you must confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are.
Is the Abortion Pill safe for me?
- Although the Abortion Pill is not a surgical procedure, it also has significant risks associated with it. We can help you learn all about how it works and what the risks are.
What is the difference between Plan B and the Abortion Pill?
- Plan B will not terminate an existing pregnancy, but may prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of intercourse. The Abortion Pill will terminate an existing pregnancy. Both have risks, so it is important to learn the facts and confirm whether or not you are pregnant.
Am I really pregnant?
- An ultrasound will confirm that you have a viable pregnancy and identify how far along you are (gestational age).
How far along am I?
- The gestational age will determine which types of abortion are available to you and what the costs will be.
Am I at risk for natural miscarriage?
- Up to 25% of pregnancies end in early a natural miscarriage without an abortion procedure. An ultrasound will reveal if your pregnancy is at risk for miscarriage.
Do I have a tubal pregnancy requiring immediate medical attention?
- An embryo will occasionally implant outside of the uterus, which is called an ectopic pregnancy. This can be life-threatening if undetected, and an abortion won’t resolve this complication.
Do I have a sexually transmitted infection?
- Some common STIs, if left untreated prior to an abortion, can put your future reproductive health at risk due to an increase risk of infection complications.
What are my rights with abortion providers?
- When planning to have an abortion, it is critical that you understand the rights you have to protect your health and safety during the procedure.
What happens after an abortion?
- It is important to learn about the immediate and long term physical, emotional, and psychological risks associated with abortions.
Can an abortion procedure be stopped?
- If you have taken only the first of the two pills given for an Abortion Pill procedure, there is a possibility that the abortion can be stopped. You must get in touch with us within 24 hours after taking the first pill, for us to refer you to doctors who may be able to help you.
What if I have already had an abortion?
- Certain risk factors increase when a woman has multiple abortions. For more about our post-abortion services, click here.
A Woman’s Choice does not perform or refer for abortions, but we can give you the answers you need to make an informed choice. Make an appointment today.