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.
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.” ·
- There may be emotional side effects related to abortion, whether the abortion was planned or not. There may be increased risk of mental health problems following an abortion.
- Another infrequent yet serious complication of induced abortion is pulmonary thromboembolism.
So What’s Right For You?
It’s important for you to gather accurate pregnancy and abortion information so you can make an informed decision. You know 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.
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 Radiance Women’s Center 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.
- What is Abortion pill reversal?
- What should a woman do if she wants to reverse her chemical abortion?
- Why is progesterone used?
- Is it too late to reverse the abortion pill?
- The abortion clinic said I have to complete the abortion; is that true?
- What if I am cramping or spotting? Does it mean it’s too late to reverse the abortion pill?
- What if I want to reverse the abortion pill but I’ve waited too long? What do I do then?
- Abortion Recovery
Abortion pill reversal is a protocol used to reverse the effects of the chemical abortion process (medication abortion, abortion pill, medical abortion, RU-486) . For those who regret starting a chemical abortion, the abortion pill reversal offers a last chance to choose life. There is hope and help available for those who change their minds and want to continue a pregnancy at the APR helpline 877.558.0333 and website.
A woman who chooses to reverse the effects of mifepristone and continue her pregnancy should call the Abortion Pill Rescue hotline 877.558.0333 or go to the APR website to begin a live chat. The APR Healthcare Team is waiting to help.
Mifepristone blocks progesterone’s actions by binding to progesterone receptors in the uterus and the placenta. Progesterone is the natural hormone in a woman’s body that is necessary to nurture and sustain a pregnancy. By giving extra progesterone, the hope is to outnumber and outcompete the mifepristone in order to reverse the effects of mifepristone.
For those seeking abortion pill reversal, the goal is to start the protocol within 24 hours of taking the first abortion pill, mifepristone, also known as RU-486. However, there have been many successful reversals when treatment was started within 72 hours of taking the first abortion pill.
Even if 72 hours have passed, call our hotline (877) 558-0333. We are here to help. It may not be too late.
No, it is always your choice to change your mind. Even if you have started the chemical abortion process, reversal may still be a choice for you.
Spotting or bleeding is common during reversal treatment. It is important and safe to continue the progesterone even if you experience spotting or bleeding, unless directed otherwise.
If you experience heavy bleeding, faintness, severe abdominal pain, or fever, seek emergency medical attention immediately. This could be an effect of the mifepristone and would require immediate care.
It is important to have an ultrasound to confirm that your baby is in the uterus as soon as possible.
Please call our hotline number (877) 558-0333. You may still be pregnant. It may not be too late.
If you have had an abortion or have participated in an abortion as a parent, friend, or spouse, we’re here to help. Not all experiences are the same and not everyone feels the same emotions afterwards. We’re here to meet you where you’re at and tailor our support for your personal needs.
We offer one-on-one and group support with a seasoned post-abortion counselor. If you would like more information on how to begin your journey to healing, please contact us at (512) 670-1777 (call or text) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.