If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be thinking abortion is your only option. Before you move forward on that decision, there are some important first steps. The Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic offers a pre-abortion consultation at no cost.
If you’re considering a medical or surgical abortion, there’s some important information to know as you make this decision.
Confirming you have a viable pregnancy, knowing exactly how far along you are, and discovering if you may have already miscarried are all important things to learn beforehand. At Open Arms, we’re not an abortion provider, but we will provide you with all the information you need to make a fully informed choice.
1.) Verify your pregnancy
The first step in screening is to verify you’re actually pregnant. Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test and the result was positive, you’ll want to confirm the results. We offer clinical pregnancy testing that is 99% accurate.
Often, women take an at-home test too soon or don’t fully follow the directions. Our pregnancy tests are administered by medical professionals in a clinical setting to make sure you get the most accurate result.
2.) Get an ultrasound
If your pregnancy test is positive, your next step will be a limited OB ultrasound. We offer no-cost ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy. An ultrasound reveals some important information you need before an abortion.
- Is your pregnancy viable or have you had a natural miscarriage? (miscarriages occur in at least 20% of known pregnancies)
- How long have you been pregnant? (the gestational age determines what type of abortion you qualify for)
- Where is your pregnancy located? (it is extremely dangerous if your pregnancy is not located in your uterus)
3.) Talk with your Nurse
Once a viable pregnancy is confirmed, your nurse will discuss each of your pregnancy options with you, including abortion.
Two types of abortion
The type of abortion you would undergo depends on how long you’ve actually been pregnant. If your pregnancy is ten weeks or less, that is usually a medical (chemical) abortion. Beyond ten weeks, it would likely be a surgical abortion.
Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill or RU-486, is used to end a pregnancy through 10 weeks. This method uses two powerful drugs to end a pregnancy. Some side effects and potential risks of the abortion pill method include:
- An incomplete abortion requiring surgery
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Abdominal and/or pelvic pain
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
Surgical abortion is performed in a clinic. There are different types of surgical procedures depending on how far along you are. Each procedure requires your cervix to be dilated. Vacuum aspiration, a curette (scraping tool), and possibly forceps are used to remove the pregnancy. Some side effects and potential risks of surgical abortion include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Heavy bleeding
We genuinely care
You and your pregnancy decision are important to us. We care about you and want you to be able to make a fully informed choice. We’ll give you more information about the different types of abortion and answer your questions. Ultimately, you are the only one who can make this decision, but we’re here to help.
Contact us for more information and your no-cost pre-abortion consultation.