Consider All The Facts
Before you decide on whether abortion is the right choice for you, you should consider all the facts. Having medically accurate information, together with proper emotional support, will help you to make the right decision for you and your loved ones. You don’t have to do this alone.The Women’s Center can help. We offer FREE pregnancy tests to confirm whether you are actually pregnant and free limited ultrasounds upon assessment
What is an abortion?
An abortion is a medical procedure that involves surgery or medicine to end a pregnancy. The procedure is completed by a medically trained and licensed health care professional. As a patient, you are entitled access to information about the procedure and its risks so that you can make an informed decision regarding your health care.
Surgical Abortion is an invasive procedure that is performed by a trained physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or physician assistant and involves the removal of the fetus from your uterus. The type of surgical procedure will depend upon how far along you are into your pregnancy. After a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is essential to confirm viability of your pregnancy and determine gestational age.
The Illinois law now includes other health care professionals to assist with prescribing and administering medication abortions. (Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act defines a “health care professional” authorized to provide abortion care as a physician, APRN or physician assistant).
Pill or Chemical abortion is a non-invasive procedure in which a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or physician assistant prescribes or administers medication to end your pregnancy (up to 70 days or 10 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period). The abortion pill also known as RU-486 uses two kinds of medications, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
Obtain an ultrasound to confirm viability and gestational age of your pregnancy. Take Mifepristone to block the pregnancy hormone progesterone and cause fetal death. Take antibiotic to prevent infection.
Take Misoprostol 24-48 hours later. This will cause heavy bleeding and strong cramping to expel the fetus.
A follow-up examination and ultrasound/blood wrk is necessary 1-2 weeks later to ensure the fetus has been expelled.
What are the risks of abortion?
As a patient, you are entitled access to information about the risks, complications, and/or side effects of surgical and chemical abortion.
Surgical abortion common side effects: bleeding, passing blood clots, cramping, nausea, vomiting, sweating, fatigue, and feeling faint.
Surgical abortion risks include: hemorrhaging (extremely heavy bleeding), perforated uterus (puncturing a hole in your uterus), injury to your cervix or other organs, infection, blood clots, scar tissue, retained fetal tissue, allergic reaction, hormonal imbalance/interruption, infertility, future ectopic pregnancies, reproductive complications, complications with future pregnancies, and maternal death.
Pill or Chemical abortion common side effects include: heavy bleeding, strong cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, and dizziness.
Pill or Chemical abortion risks include: hemorrhaging (extremely heavy bleeding), severe cramping, infection, allergic reaction, hormonal imbalance/disruption, retained fetal body parts requiring surgical removal, and surgical/medical intervention to stop heavy bleeding. Rare, maternal death. Maternal deaths most frequently occur due to infection and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.
Common emotional side effects include: depression, anxiety, guilt, suicidal thoughts, unresolved grief, and sense of loss.
Zygote: human development at fertilization, a unique DNA code created separate from mother and father.
Blastocyst: human development by day 5 post-conception.
Embryo: human development from 2 weeks till 8 weeks 6 days from conception (10 weeks 6 days pregnant).
Fetus: human development from 9 weeks from conception till birth (11 weeks pregnant).
Ectopic Pregnancy, also called a Tubal Pregnancy: a pregnancy in which the embryo/fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube.