Are you pregnant or think you may be? If so, you may find yourself wondering what your options are. At this point, many people begin looking for abortion information and find an enormous amount of resources, creating a more stressful situation. Our goal is to equip you with facts about abortion to help you decide about your pregnancy.
First, it’s essential to confirm that you’re indeed pregnant. An over-the-counter option is an excellent first step, but you’ll need to make an appointment with someone like Clearway Clinic to get the most accurate results.
Am I Pregnant? The Urine Test
A urine test will identify the pregnancy hormone, also known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). These tests are extremely reliable and accurate. Be sure to read the directions for the most accurate results. The hCG concentration increases each day during early pregnancy, so it’s ideal to test yourself about a week after missing your period.
Two Options for Urine Testing
Your first option is the home pregnancy test (HPT). They’ve been on the market for several decades and tend to be pretty accurate. If you go this route, make sure your test is not expired and follow the instructions carefully.
Though the at-home tests are accurate, we highly recommend clinical testing. Going into a clinic for your urine test takes away the stress of human error. You’ll have the assurance of knowing that the people there are knowledgeable and have gone through the process many times before. It’s is also an opportunity to gather additional information in a safe, confidential setting.
Let’s say you go to a clinic and your pregnancy test is positive. That might be the only information you’re given. You may even be told that the test is positive, rather than being told that you’re pregnant. We understand that there are many factors involved and that a positive reading can mean different things for different people.
- Medical: As effective as these tests are, there’s always the chance for error. That’s why you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound. We do that for you right here at our office. The ultrasound will confirm whether you have a viable pregnancy and give you the most accurate dates.
- Non-Medical: As effective as these tests are, there’s always the chance for error. That’s why you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound. If you contact our office for a confidential appointment, we can refer you to a qualified ultrasound technician. This is one of the most critical steps in your pregnancy.
Another thing to consider at this point is making an appointment with your physician. Don’t have a physician? No problem. The pregnancy clinic or resource center can help you find one right for you. If you don’t already have someone in mind, your physician can refer you to an OB/GYN. You can also be tested for at that time is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Not Ready? Educate Yourself with Abortion Information
Many young women go through the steps already mentioned and do not feel ready to continue the pregnancy for one reason or another. The most important thing at this point is to gather all the abortion facts you can to make an educated decision. Questions like what abortion is, what it involves at each stage of pregnancy, and whether there are any risks associated with abortion. We’ll now take a look at some information on abortion to get a clearer picture.
Abortion Information and Facts
What is Abortion?
Abortion is a hot topic, and it can be challenging to find the abortion information you need. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “a legal induced abortion is defined as an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy.” That said, there are several types of possible abortions. While there are different ways to break these types down, we’ll simplify it here.
Miscarriage, also known as spontaneous abortion, is defined as “a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation.” This is the most common way pregnancy is lost, with 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies ending in miscarriage. This usually occurs during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy and is quite different from the other information about abortion covered here.
The Guttmacher Institute states that “medication abortions accounted for 39% of all abortions in 2017, up from 29% in 2014.” The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the drug mifepristone in 2000. This is a first-trimester abortion, something that occurs within the first ten weeks of gestation. This pill intends to end a pregnancy in women who have experienced their last period in the past ten weeks, or 70 days.
One method of surgical abortion is called an aspiration abortion. This is another type of abortion that occurs in the first trimester. Typically, the patient will need to be dilated well before the procedure takes place. The abortion practitioner then uses either a plastic cannula or a hand-held syringe to pull the baby out of the uterus. Early-stage aspiration abortions are done between 5-9 weeks but can be done between 10-14 weeks if using a machine-operated pump.
Another method of surgical abortion is known as dilation and evacuation. This is the method used during the second trimester. It involves vacuum aspiration as well as utilizing forceps to remove the baby from the uterus. If it’s been more than 13 weeks since your last menstrual period, a dilation and evacuation is most likely the type of abortion you’d be having. While this is typically an outpatient procedure, risks increase as your pregnancy progresses.
Risks Associated with Abortion
We just mentioned the fact that risks increase as your pregnancy progresses. That brings up an important topic many women are looking for when seeking abortion information: What are the risks?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Women who have multiple surgical abortion procedures may also have more risk of trauma to the cervix.” This can pose problems for future pregnancies.
Studies have listed “induced abortion” as a breast cancer risk factor.
One study concluded that abortion could pose a serious threat to the mother’s life. Again, we look to the CDC for statistics: “The national legal induced abortion case-fatality rate for 2008–2013 was 0.62 legal induced abortion-related deaths per 100,000 reported legal abortions.”
There may be emotional side effects related to abortion, whether the abortion was planned or not. There may be an increased risk of mental health problems following an abortion.
Another severe yet infrequent complication of induced abortion is pulmonary thromboembolism.
So What’s Right For You?
It’s crucial for you to gather accurate pregnancy and abortion information to make an informed decision. You hold the key insights into what’s going on in your life and what your future will look like. But people are here waiting to help.
Do you need someone to talk to? Just pick up the phone or send an e-mail to schedule an appointment at your convenience. You’ll get a thoughtful, non-judgmental response on the other end. Please note, our office doesn’t provide or perform abortions but can provide the abortion information you need. We’re here to help you choose the best next steps for your life.
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