Did your pregnancy home test come back positive? Have you been frantically looking for abortion information?
Here’s what you should know!
Not all abortions are the same. For example, the type of abortion depends on the gestational age of your pregnancy.
Types of abortions
If you are 4-10 weeks, you would likely get a medical abortion. This consists of two pills. One pill will stop the pregnancy from growing. The second will cause your uterus to expel the pregnancy tissue. As a result, you will experience bleeding and cramping for 24-48 hours. Although, it is not uncommon to have spotting, which can last weeks after your abortion.
If you are past ten weeks, you will most likely need a surgical abortion, which requires a doctor, medical instruments, and a suction to terminate your pregnancy.
How long does an abortion take?
For a medical abortion, you will be given two pills for two different medicines, which are taken up to two days apart.
Depending on the clinic, you may take both of the medicines at home, or you may take one or both of them at an abortion clinic. In most cases, the abortion is over within 24 hours after taking the second set of pills.
You’ll have a follow-up visit or phone call to make sure the pills worked. These follow-up appointments are imperative to your health. If the abortion was not successful, you need to know so that no infection sets in.
For a surgical abortion, the procedure only takes approximately 10 minutes. However, you can expect to be at the clinic longer due to the paperwork and recovery time. So, your appointment could be a few hours. In addition, some state laws will require a separate pre-abortion visit.
Who can I talk to about my options?
Unexpected pregnancy comes with a rush of thoughts and feelings. However, our staff at Care Net of NNY is committed to providing ethical and confidential services in a caring environment.
We also offer lab-quality pregnancy tests and first-trimester ultrasounds because this will help us determine the viability of your pregnancy and the gestational age. If your pregnancy is not viable, you could be preparing for a miscarriage. If that’s the case, you don’t need an abortion.
Our goal is to educate, support, and empower women and couples facing unplanned pregnancies with compassion and non-judgmental care. If you think you may be pregnant and would like to know your options, we’re here to help!
Although we do not refer or provide abortions, we can help you get the information you need to make an informed choice.
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