If you’ve recently taken a pregnancy test and the results were not what you were expecting, abortion might be the first option that comes to mind. Any decision that involves your body is a big decision, so it’s important that you get the most accurate, updated information before making up your mind.
The more educated you are about abortion, the better equipped you’ll be to make a decision. At Turning Point, we put your interests first, by giving you accurate and relevant information about abortion as well as educational resources. Our free and confidential services are offered in a non-judgmental manner, and our caring staff understands that women facing an unplanned pregnancy deserve the best possible support.
There are a variety of medical procedures that can terminate a pregnancy. When considering abortion, it’s important to consider each procedure, in addition to how far along you are as well.
Mifepristone, or RU-486, is commonly referred to as the “abortion pill” and is often used with misoprostol to end a pregnancy. RU-486 is most effective during the first two months of a woman’s pregnancy and is prescribed as a series of two pills. The first pill cuts off progesterone from the womb and causes embryo demise. The second pill will induce labor, causing severe cramps, nausea, bleeding and more as the body pushes the embryo out of the uterus.
Often mistaken as Plan B, or the “morning-after pill,” RU-486 does not work for emergency contraception purposes. The abortion pill is different from Plan B. To learn more about the difference, click here.
Women in the first trimester of their pregnancy can opt for the vacuum aspiration abortion procedure. During this procedure, a tool will be inserted into the woman’s body to open up the cervix. Then, a vacuum is used to suction out the embryo. Occasionally, a follow-up procedure is needed to remove additional parts of the embryo from the uterus to complete the abortion.
This procedure can be performed during the second trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. Unlike vacuum aspiration, this procedure is more medically invasive. Before the procedure, a sponge-like material is placed in the cervix so it can begin to dilate. A woman is then given anesthesia, as forceps and suction curettage are used to cut and scrape the fetus from the woman’s body. There are a variety of risks associated with this type of procedure that can be found below.
Just like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with having an abortion. While most risks and symptoms are physical, there is a chance for emotional repercussions as well. Some common risks associated with abortion procedures include:
At Turning Point, we believe that you should be informed of all your options, so you can make the best decision for your body. Make an appointment today to discuss your options in a judgment-free, compassionate environment.