An unintended pregnancy is a scary prospect, and it can cause you to consider many options, including abortion. But before you decide — on abortion, it is vital that you have all of the relevant information.
Abortion is a process by which one looks to terminate a pregnancy. There are two primary methods of abortion: surgical and chemical. The surgical procedure is performed in a facility, while the chemical one, more commonly referred to as the RU486 (abortion pills), partially begins in the facility and then the method will complete offsite. The technique used is dependent upon how far along a pregnancy is; this one of the reasons having an ultrasound to confirm actual pregnancy is essential.
A surgical procedure can terminate a pregnancy in the first, second or third trimester up to 9 months in some cases, while the chemical procedure is an option within the first few weeks of pregnancy. Each procedure comes with its own set of associated risks, which is why it is crucial to do your own research of the facts before pursuing either type of abortion.
Below, we have included some frequently asked questions from women in your position and answers that can ultimately help you reach the best decision for you.
Considering abortion? Your health and safety are important.
Q: Should I be concerned about having an abortion?
Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women, is a life-changing event with significant physical, emotional and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions indicated that there was a lack of medically accurate information on the abortion procedures and side-effects available to them at the time they were considering it for themselves.
Q: What are the health risks of having an abortion?
Risks of any surgical abortion may include bleeding, infection, infertility, and complications with future pregnancies (i.e., incompetent cervix). There may be other risks for you including emotional difficulties. It is best to seek medical advice before proceeding with any abortion procedure.
Q: Will having an abortion increase my chances of getting breast cancer?
A 1994 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found: “Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher than among other women.” There has been a lot of studies done outside of the United States, show a direct and indirect correlation to breast cancer in women.
Q: If I have an abortion, will my baby feel pain?
The answer to this question will depend on the stage of fetal development.
At about eight weeks a fetus can feel pain. It is at this point in development that the following necessary structures are in place: sensory nerves (which detect pain), the thalamus (the part of the brain that receives pain messages from sensory nerves), and motor nerves (which are directed by the mind to pull away from the hurt).
Also, by 13 1/2 to 14 weeks, the entire body surface, except for the back and the top of the head, are sensitive to pain.
Q: How are abortions done?
For information on abortion procedures and the risks, please contact our office, we can review them with you one on one, or we can provide you with literature should you decide to come in. You may prefer to look it up yourself on the internet; I would just warn you that the facts of abortion procedures can be alarming, so proceed with caution.
Note: If you are feeling pressured in any way to have an abortion whether it is the father of the baby, parents, or work, call us we can help you sort it out.