Abortion Safety Tips
Keeping you healthy and fit is our top priority—no matter what decision you make. If you are planning to go to an abortion clinic or provider, we encourage you to consider these standard health and safety protocols. Do not hesitate to ask questions. This is your body and your future.
Step 1: Make sure you’re pregnant.
Many women think they have to make this decision because they missed their period. But a missed period doesn’t necessarily mean you are pregnant. A change in diet or exercise could be the culprit. And even if you’ve already taken a pregnancy test, know it is possible to get a false positive result.
We provide reliable pregnancy tests, and we also can confirm the pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound. Set up an appointment, and we can help you through this process.
Step 2: Know your body.
Any health provider you work with needs to know your medical history, especially when it involves a serious medical procedure. Abortion is no different. Make sure to discuss all pre-existing health conditions, if you’ve had any pregnancy complications, and how far along you are.
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Step 3: Know the risks.
Any medical procedure comes with risks. You have a legal right to know the specifics of the abortion procedure and all the potential complications. Common issues like hemorrhage, infection, damage to the uterus or other pelvic organs, and even not removing the entire baby (possibly requiring a follow-up procedure) are possible. According to BMC Medicine, approximately 5,500 women got to the emergency room each year with abortion complications.
If you want to know more about abortion and the potential risks for you, check out this abortion information page, or talk to us and we can make recommendations based on your particular situation and walk you through the details.
Step 4: Get qualified care.
Abortion is a serious medical procedure, so make sure you are working with a licensed physician and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Regulations around abortion vary, so not all states require adequate medical qualifications for someone to perform abortions. And risks increase without a fully qualified provider. You may even consider calling your state medical licensing board to see if any medical malpractice suits have been filed against the provider.
Step 5: Ask about handling complications.
Most clinics are not equipped to handle serious complications, and many clinics are not required to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. Do not risk your health and safety by working with a provider who has no plan to handle abortion complications.
Step 6: Get follow-up care.
Find out if the clinic provides follow-up care. In addition to knowing the details of the procedure, also make sure you know what happens after getting an abortion. Some bleeding is typical, but when does it become dangerous? What should you look out for? You need to make sure you recover physically and emotionally.
It's okay to change your mind.
Choosing abortion is an incredibly hard decision, no matter the circumstances. It’s a big deal. You need to know that you can change your mind at any time. If you are uncomfortable at any stage, you can take a step back and reconsider. Don’t let anyone make you do something you do not want to do.
Many women feel they have no choice, and are being pressured to get an abortion. Talk to us if you feel trapped or want more information.
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