You see the positive sign come up on your pregnancy test, and you feel like time stops. You are considering abortion but unsure what to do next. We understand the fear, anxiety, and confusion that you may be facing with your unplanned pregnancy. You are not in this alone.
We believe at Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies, for you to feel empowered, you must be informed about ALL your options. You need to feel confident about your pregnancy decision. To move forward with clarity, you deserve to know the process and risks of abortion. It’s your body and your future, and you deserve the best care and information available to empower you to make the healthiest decision for your future.
Know All Your Options
If you are considering abortion, know that it’s not your only option. Many women feel pressured because they have not been fully educated about their options and opportunities to be supported. When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: parenting, abortion, or adoption.
Choosing to parent can seem overwhelming, but it’s a journey full of joy and love. Although parenting has its many challenges, many women experience personal growth in motherhood. Parenting has a beautiful way of making life’s hardships worth enduring. We can help you with your parenting journey at the Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies. Some women don’t realize the many free resources and support available for women during pregnancy. Parenting often takes a village.
Motherhood looks different for every mother. If you are struggling with life circumstances or financial hardships, adoption could be a great solution for you. With adoption, as the birth mom, you have complete control these days. No one decides anything for you. You can choose from open, closed, or semi-open adoption based on what kind of relationship you want with your child and the adoptive parents. You have the flexibility to choose.
The first type of abortion is called a surgical abortion. The two types of surgical abortions are aspiration abortion and dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion. Aspiration abortion is performed up to 15 weeks and a D & E abortion after 15 weeks. Each of these types of surgical abortions includes an injection to cause fetal demise and uses a suction device and other tools to remove the pregnancy from the uterus.
Medication abortion involves taking two different abortion pill drugs to terminate a pregnancy. Mifeprex, the first pill, is taken at a clinic and ends the production of progesterone so the egg can no longer stay attached to the uterus. Misoprostol, the second pill, is taken at home. This second pill causes the uterus to contract to expel the fetus. Women are only eligible for medication abortion up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Understand The Risks of Abortion
Before moving forward with abortion, you should know the risks of both surgical or medication abortion. Here are some of the most common risks.
Surgical abortion risks:
- bleeding, including blood clots
- nausea and vomiting
- Cervical tears or lacerations
- Uterine perforation
Medication abortion risks
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
What Are You Eligible For?
To move forward with any type of abortion, you will need to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound. Ultrasound can show you how far along you are, your pregnancy location, and if it’s a viable pregnancy. It will also alert you to any complications such as your pregnancy’s health risks that could eliminate the option of abortion for you.
Receive support and advice from our team at the Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies. We help support women in their pregnancy with education on all options and free and confidential pregnancy services like pregnancy testing and ultrasounds!
Make a free and confidential appointment with us today. We are here to help.