Finding out that you’re pregnant can be wonderful news when you’re ready to be a mother. However, when learning you’re pregnant is not welcoming news for you, some difficult decisions may be ahead of you. No matter what age you are or what circumstances have gotten you to this scenario, there are a few options available to you. Of course, having the baby and raising it yourself is the most obvious choice. For some women, that isn’t something that is possible. Adoption is another option for women, but of course – you still have to go through the entire duration of carrying the baby and giving birth. That isn’t always an ideal choice for some women either. The final option is to have an abortion. While abortion was once frowned upon, it is a lot more common than most people are willing to admit.
The actual abortion procedure is the number one fear when making that tough decision. Contrary to what existed years ago, it is not always as intrusive and painful as it had once been. There are several types of abortion procedures that exist for women that can make the process either less painful or less intrusive for them. The most familiar abortion procedure is the physical suction aspiration. It isn’t the most common choice for women anymore, though it may considered the safest by some physicians. The suction aspiration is the most intrusive – actually using a vacuum to terminate the pregnancy. This procedure can only be performed before 12 weeks of gestation.
One of the newest abortion procedure methods is commonly referred to as the abortion pill. It is also known as the RU-486 or Mifeprex. This pill is non-invasive but also can have some intense side effects for some women. For most women, there are no noticeable side effects, but you definitely want to find out all of the details before making it your procedure of choice. This method can only be used up to seven and nine weeks of gestation.
Once you’re past your first trimester, the options for abortion procedures do change. You definitely want to consult with a physician as to what your options could be and what exactly is involved. After the first trimester, the only options are surgical procedures. Medication involved abortions are no longer possible.
No matter what your choice of abortion procedure happens to be, make sure that you are familiar with all of the side effects and possible outcomes before choosing what is best for you.