A woman considering abortion should ask herself some important questions to ensure that she is certain of her decision. Questions like whether she wants to be a mother at this time, what kind of life she expects for her child, and whether it is necessary for her to continue the pregnancy will help gain insight into what she really wants.
In this article, you will learn the answers to these questions to help make your decision easier.
Am I Actually Pregnant?
If you suspect you might be pregnant, it is important not to get ahead of yourself and just assume that you are pregnant. Pregnancy testing is always the first step and should not be skipped.
Prepare to buy a home pregnancy test from a grocery store, pharmacy, or Amazon- these tests are easy to find and are available almost anywhere. If that test comes back positive, then you will have to visit a doctor to confirm the results with additional tests, including an ultrasound.
Of course, an unwanted pregnancy is a life-changing event. We understand how difficult this time can be. You have tough choices to make ahead, which is why you should always remember that the decision is yours. This is your baby, your body, and your choice!
If you are considering abortion, you should speak with a doctor about your options. Abortion is not something that should be taken lightly and should only be considered after careful thought.
What Exactly is an Abortion?
One of the most common questions about abortion is, “How can I get an abortion pill?”
Many anti-pregnancy options, such as Plan B, need to be taken immediately after sex to be effective. If you have taken a pregnancy test and it is positive, you need to consider other options, as it is too late for Plan B.
An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It is done by a licensed health care professional. It can be done two different ways:
- Medication abortion, which uses medicines to end the pregnancy. It is sometimes called a “medical abortion” or “abortion with pills.”
- Procedural abortion, a procedure to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. It is sometimes called a “surgical abortion.”
It is currently estimated that 42 million abortions are performed globally, with nearly half of all pregnancies being unintended.
Is Abortion the Right Option for Me?
As with most other important life decisions, there are many different factors to consider, such as your feelings about whether you want to raise a child, how far along in the pregnancy you are, what that means, and how your decision would affect your life. Moreover, there may be a religious impact on your decision.
Why Do People Decide to Have an Abortion?
Studies show that the majority of women who have abortions were using contraception when they got pregnant. Only 2% of abortions are done because the baby has a health problem or because the mother has a health problem. The vast majority of abortions are done because the pregnancy was unplanned.
Adoption can be a good a good choice if you do not prefer an abortion and if you do not want to raise a child and your family and/or friends cannot bear the financial or emotional burden. While you may find it difficult at first, this decision will give you peace of mind in the long run. Financial expenses for those considering adoption include living expenses, prenatal care, hospital bills (if applicable), legal fees (if applicable) and counseling is offered at no charge.
Who Can I Talk with about Getting an Abortion?
Most women only consider abortion if they are in a difficult situation or if they are not ready to have a child. Women who have been pregnant before often face many problems. They may not be able to take care of a baby or may simply not be in a good position to have a baby.
Speak to your healthcare provider about having an abortion and friends or family about their thoughts and how they can best support you through this process.
What Age Do I Have to be to Have an Abortion?
If a woman is unmarried and over 18 years old, she can provide her own written consent to have an abortion.
If she doesn’t have the required consent, she can apply to a court for permission to get an abortion if there is a risk of harm to herself or the unborn child.
Will I Regret Getting an Abortion?
If you are wondering whether you will regret having an abortion, the answer is there is no way of knowing.
The mental impact of having an abortion hits women differently as some have lifelong regret, and others find a way to cope and move on from the event. If you are considering an abortion, there are many things to think about. Is someone pressuring you into it? What do your family and friends think? Why do you want to get it done? Is there an alternative option to having an abortion that you are interested in? Remember that this is your choice to make. Once you have done the proper research, you can feel confident in your decision and hopefully move forward without regret.
Will I Experience Physical Pain During the Procedure?
According to WebMD, ff you have a surgical abortion, you might have cramping during or after the procedure. Your cramps may be less or more intense. The symptoms are different for everyone.
Dilation and evacuation abortions might cause pain during the procedure. The discomfort is similar to cramps but a bit stronger. You may have cramps in your uterus after your doctor removes the fetus.
For several hours after your abortion, you’ll probably have more intense cramping.
What About Adoption?
Adoption is when a family adopts or takes custody of a child that is not their biological offspring.
Adoptions also occur through private, arranged placements between birth parents and adoptive parents or when children are placed for adoption by someone other than their birth parents.
Adoption can be an option for you if you end up not going through with the abortion.
Do Your Research Before Making a Decision
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, we encourage you to seek advice from multiple sources that have your best interest in mind.
It is a lifelong decision that you will want to be happy with. Whether you choose to move forward with abortion, place your baby for adoption, or parent the baby, the choice is yours to make. Be comfortable and confident you are making an informed decision before moving forward.