Is a medical abortion a good option for me?
Posted on September 20, 2023 by Metro Women's Care
I recognize that abortion is an uncomfortable topic to talk about. And if you’re reading this blog, I can imagine the anxiety you must be feeling as you’re processing what’s going on in your life right now. So, take a deep breath, hold it for 4 counts and exhale. Now slowly read this blog and then take time to process what you’ve learned. Metro Women’s Care is here for you.
We have found that before a woman talks about her pregnancy to a medical professional at our center, she’s probably already taken a pregnancy test, talked to her partner and contemplated her options. So, I’m guessing that is what you are doing right now…trying to decide if a medical abortion is right for you. If you’re dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, this is a great question to ask! With the abundance of information on the internet, the opinions of friends and family, your own concerns and experiences in life, you’ve got a lot to sort through. Gathering information by discussing this with one of our medical professionals is the best and proven way to get the answers you are looking for before making a final decision.
Here are 3 things you should know before you choose to have a medical abortion.
- Am I pregnant? Some people have irregular periods and can talk themselves into believing that they are pregnant, even though they are not. If you would like a no-cost pregnancy test administered by medical professionals, please call us for an appointment.
- If the medical-grade test is positive, the next question is - does the baby have a heartbeat? Ultrasound is the most accurate method to confirm and date a pregnancy. With 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in miscarriage, it is wise to verify the viability of the pregnancy before making any decisions. It also shows you if the pregnancy is growing in the correct place inside your body. Ectopic pregnancies, which are life-threatening, are becoming more and more common, and a medical abortion will not remove these types of pregnancies.
- Finally, after you know that you have a viable pregnancy, let’s now dig into what’s involved in a medical abortion. Should you choose a medical abortion, you will receive a series of pills from a provider to be taken on day 1 and more pills on day 2 or 3. Click here to learn more about medical abortion and make an appointment with us to find out if you have a confirmed pregnancy. If you are more than 8 weeks pregnant, click here to discover the details involving the development of your pregnancy and what you may experience if you take the medical abortion route.
Now, let me address the questions that we are often asked by our patients.
- What risks are there to a medical abortion? Abortion, like any other medical procedure carries risks to your health and it undoubtedly has a direct and immediate impact on your preborn child. Read more here.
- Is it true that people have long-term effects after having an abortion? This is true. Some people have physical or relationship complications-grief, regret and other mental health issues directly following an abortion. Others have reported to having these and other symptoms years, sometimes decades, down the road. For this reason, we offer abortion recovery counseling as a service to our community so that women and men do not have to suffer in silence. Make an appointment to inquire about our free After-Abortion counseling sessions.
- What else do I need to know that will make me 100% sure of this option? Such questions can include,
a. How do I feel about my child?
b. How will I view myself this time next year or 5-10 years down the road if I have an abortion?
c. Who will support me in this decision?
d. Will my partner want me to abort our child?
e. How will this impact our relationship?
f. How much money will it cost me?
g. Do I still have time to decide?
h. Can I change my mind and take more time to think about it once I’m at the abortion clinic?
i. How will emergencies be handled and who will be responsible for any mishaps that may arise during the abortion?
j. Is my doctor credible?
Now let’s go back to the original question…
Is the medical abortion right for me? This is a question you will have to ask yourself. However, we do encourage you to pause, take a breath, and call us. We have medical professionals standing by waiting to serve you free of charge. Metro Women’s Care offers same day and next day appointments…because we believe in protecting your health, by offering confirmation of pregnancy through ultrasound and accurate information on medical abortion. There is no insurance billing or cost to you, and we will schedule your appointment as soon as you need it. Now that’s real healthcare!