While the abortion pill is often portrayed as being completely safe, the reality is that it can have a number of serious medical and emotional complications for the women that take it. In this blog post, we will take a look at the risks associated with the abortion pill and dispel some of the myths associated with it.
What is the abortion pill?
You may have heard the term “chemical”, “medical”, or “medication” abortions. Those are all names for the abortion pill. The abortion pill procedure involves taking medication to terminate a pregnancy. The process actually involves taking two medications: mifepristone (also known as RU-486) and misoprostol. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain the pregnancy, while misoprostol follows up and expels the fetus from the uterus.
Making the decision to have an abortion is not one that should be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider before making a final decision. In this blog post, we will discuss five questions that you should ask yourself before deciding to have an abortion. Making the right choice for you is important, and we hope that this post will help you make the best decision for your situation.
What are the risks associated with having an abortion?
There are both physical and psychological risks associated with abortion. Physical risks can include infection, hemorrhage, organ damage, and death. Psychological risks can include depression, anxiety, guilt, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable person to discuss the risks associated with abortion before making a final decision. Contact us if you need someone to talk to.
What are my other options?
When you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy, abortion may seem like the only option, but it isn’t. There are two additional options you should consider: adoption and parenting.
If you’re a college student and you find out that you’re pregnant, you might be feeling a range of emotions. You might be excited, scared, or worried about how this will affect your future. Whatever you’re feeling, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are people and resources available to help you through this time.
You probably have questions – a lot of them. Let us help answer some of those for you.
Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenage parent can seem downright daunting. Not only are you trying to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, but you also have added stresses like figuring out how to afford diapers or dealing withmorning sickness. Teen pregnancy can make an already challenging time seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
What should I do if I’m pregnant?
The most important thing to do if you think you might be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. If you need help getting a pregnancy test,reach out. We can provide you with a Lab-Quality Pregnancy Test and confidential results. Once you know for sure that you’re pregnant, you can start exploring your options and making a decision about what’s best for you.
You said I can explore my options? It seems like I only have one option.
Some girls feel like they have to get an abortion in order to continue with their education and future goals, but that’s not the case. While abortion may seem like the only choice, it is important to remember that there are multiple options available:
Answer these questions to help determine whether or not you may be pregnant.
Have you been experiencing bodily changes? Do you think you may be pregnant? This can be an exciting time but also a puzzling time. To add to the confusion, many pregnancy signs and symptoms can have causes unlinked to pregnancy.
At Ramona Women’s Clinic we have compiled this list of questions to determine whether or not you may be pregnant. Please contact Ramona Women’s Clinic if you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment for a free and confidential consultation.
Early signs of pregnancy tend to differ from one woman to the next and your best bet is to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. But paying attention to early symptoms of pregnancy is also important, and these symptoms can start as early as your first month of pregnancy. With that in mind, consider these questions about the early signs of pregnancy:
If you think you may be pregnant your next step should be scheduling a FREE Pregnancy Test from Ramona Women’s Clinic. You do NOT have to go through this process alone. At Ramona Women’s Clinic we can help you deal with the results, no matter what they are, in a manner that is best for you and your situation. We have compassion for you and want to help you in any way we can.
If you have just learned that you are pregnant, or suspect that you might be, you could be wondering about your options. If this was unexpected, this is not a time to panic. Many women have been in your shoes before and there are resources to help you decide what to do next.
First and foremost, you should confirm the pregnancy with a doctor’s visit. Your doctor will advise you on the most important things to do in order to care for your health and the health of your baby in the early days of pregnancy. Getting an ultrasound can help to determine the stage of your baby’s development.
If you have changed your mind after taking the abortion pill there is a chance you can save your pregnancy. An antidote is available to work to stop the effects of the abortion pill. It is not uncommon for a woman to have feelings of regret after taking the abortion pill. At Ramona Women’s Clinic we can help you learn everything you need to know about the Abortion Pill Reversal procedure and where you can get the help you need in your local community.
Here are frequently asked questions from the Abortion Pill Reversal website.
The main reason you should get an ultrasound is simply to see how far along you are in your pregnancy. With this safe and accurate procedure you will also be able to detect the fetal heartbeat, determine the baby’s age and approximate due date. One of the most exciting services we offer at Ramona Women’s Clinic is a FREE ultrasound.
WHY SHOULD I GET AN ULTRASOUND?
Detect the fetal heartbeat
Determine the age of the baby and due date
Pinpoint the location of the pregnancy (normal or ectopic pregnancy)
Are you pregnant? Do you think you may be pregnant? If so, you may find yourself wondering what your options are. At this point, many people begin looking for abortion information and find the waters to be muddied. The decisions you’re facing are stressful enough as it is. Our goal is to equip you with the facts about abortion so you can make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
So how do we start? Well, first things first. You’ll want to confirm whether you’re pregnant or not.
Am I Pregnant? The Urine Test
A urine test will identify the pregnancy hormone, also known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). They are highly accurate in their detection of hCG levels. However, if you took the test close to the time you missed your period, you may get a more accurate reading now that some time has gone by. The hCG concentration increases each day during early pregnancy, so it may be 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). These have been on the market for several decades and tend to be quite accurate. If you go this route, make sure your test is not expired and that you carefully follow the instructions.
However, we highly recommend the second option, which is clinical testing. Going into a clinic for your urine test should take away some of 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. This is also an opportunity to gather additional information in a safe, confidential setting.
So let’s say you go to a clinic and your pregnancy test is positive. First of all, that’s typically all the information you’d receive regarding the status of pregnancy. You’d probably 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.
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. This is something we can do for you right here at our office. The ultrasound will confirm whether you have a viable pregnancy. It will also give you a more accurate dating of 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. Another thing you can be tested for at that time is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Not Ready? Educate Yourself with Abortion Information
There are many young women who go through the steps already mentioned and for one reason or another, do not feel ready to continue the pregnancy. The most important thing at this point is to gather all the abortion facts you can so you can make an educated decision. We’re talking about 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?
Clearly, this is a hot topic and it can be difficult to find the abortion information you really need. So let’s take a look at what a federal government agency has to say. 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, can be defined as “a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation.” This is the most common way a 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 obviously 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 10 weeks of gestation. The intent with this pill is to end a pregnancy in women who have experienced their last period in the past 10 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. Normally, 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. So 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 can 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.”
It’s important for you to gather accurate pregnancy and abortion information so you can make an informed decision. You hold the key insights as to 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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