What does my emotional health have to do with abortion?

Each woman (and man) should evaluate their past and present emotional health before considering an abortion procedure.  Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are your current struggles with depression and anxiety?  Both are at an increased risk with abortion.
  • What are your past moral convictions about abortion?  Often women say that they do not like the idea of abortion or even that they used to think abortion was wrong, but now that they are pregnant and overwhelmed, they don’t see another way.  It’s important to consider what it means emotionally to go against your convictions.
  • How will an abortion experience affect your ability to care for others?  Sometimes women or men think abortion is necessary because they have other children to care for already.  However, they may not be prepared for the emotional burden that comes with children being a reminder of the abortion of another child.

There are other things to consider as well depending on your own emotional and mental health history.  If you would like to discuss the abortion procedure, other options, or find out about viability sonograms, text us at 443.333.8856.  All of our services are free, and we often have same-day appointments.

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What affect does abortion have on mental health?

A 2018 review of literature took an objective look at the abortion and mental health controversy.

“There is general agreement that (a) abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion; (b) the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women; (c) there are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion; and (d) it is impossible to conduct research in this field in a manner that can definitively identify the extent to which any mental illnesses following abortion can be reliably attributed to abortion in and of itself.”

“Common ground among researchers exists regarding the very basic fact that at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience. In many cases, this may be due to feeling pressured into an abortion or choosing an abortion without sufficient attention to maternal desires or moral beliefs that may make it difficult to reconcile one’s choice with one’s self-identity.”

It is clear that mental health should be considered when contemplating an abortion procedure.  We’ll explore more about emotional and psychological risks associated with abortion in future posts.

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To share or not to share: Telling others about an unplanned pregnancy

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is tempting to keep the news to yourself if you have not yet decided to parent, have an abortion, or make an adoption plan.  However, big decisions (especially ones involving parenting, abortion, or adoption) are rarely a good idea to make in isolation.  Big decisions benefit from feedback and the challenge of others’ opinions in order to help you think through how the decision will affect you and those close to you.  In addition, secrets, especially ones involving something as life-changing as pregnancy and abortion, are hard to bare alone.

When it comes to parenting, abortion, or adoption, it’s also important to know what support or resources might be available to you from family, friends, and organizations.  If you are tempted to not tell someone, ask yourself these questions:

  • What feelings do I have towards myself about being pregnant right now?
  • What do I fear will happen if others know of the potential pregnancy?
  • How will I feel carrying the secret of a pregnancy alone in the years to come?

If you are not yet ready to tell a family member or friend, our Clinic is here to talk through your situation and options, including the pro’s and con’s of telling others.  All information is free and confidential.  To text for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

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Are there any serious adverse effects of the abortion pill?

From the FDA web site:

“It is not uncommon for the FDA to receive reports of serious adverse events for prescription drugs after they are approved. The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex. As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal. The adverse events cannot with certainty be causally attributed to mifepristone because of concurrent use of other drugs, other medical or surgical treatments, co-existing medical conditions, and information gaps about patient health status and clinical management of the patient.”

The web site goes on to say:

“All providers of medical abortion and emergency room healthcare practitioners should investigate the possibility of sepsis in women who are undergoing medical abortion and present with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection. Strong consideration should be given to obtaining a complete blood count in these patients. Significant leukocytosis with a marked left shift and hemoconcentration may be indicative of sepsis.”

 

If you have concerns or want to know more about the Abortion Pill Regimen, call/text our office for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

If you have only taken the first dose of the medical or chemical abortion and are having second-thoughts, you may be able to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline now: 1-877-558-0333.

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I’ve had an abortion and something doesn’t feel right, what should I do?

If you are considering abortion, be sure to

  • Verify that your pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound.
  • Discuss and research your options.
  • Receive STD testing.
  • Know the type of abortion clinic, procedure, risks and side effects.
  • Find out about the abortion clinic’s procedures for handling emergencies during and after the abortion.
  • Find out your legal rights should there be a medical mistake due to the abortion.

If you have had an abortion, and you suspect something is wrong physically, you should call your doctor or get to an Emergency Room right away.

If you have had an abortion, and you are not feeling right emotionally, please contact our office.  Many women have varying degrees of emotional reactions after their abortion. You do not need to suffer alone; we are here to help you after your abortion.

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I’ve taken the first medicine of the Abortion Pill, and now I’m panicking.

Ever since the Abortion Pill came on the market, we have experienced this type of question, primarily from callers at home. This is a very scary and emotionally painful situation to face in addition to an unplanned pregnancy.  Many women, are unaware of the process of the Abortion Pill regimen.  In our modern culture, taking a pill sounds similar to what we do for a headache.  With that said, there are two things to consider:

Learn about the Procedure

  • If you have not yet taken either pill, find out what the procedure is, how the pills work, what to expect, how long it will take, what the side effects and risks are, and what to do in case of an emergency. Medication abortion requires a three (or more) step process. The first step is visiting an abortion provider for an assessment and the first dose of medication. Two days later, the patient takes a second dose of medication at home. After this dose, cramping will begin to expel the embryo. It is between these two steps that women will often call, wondering if they have made a mistake and if there is any help available to stop the abortion process.  After the second medication, some women have been caught off-guard by the amount of pain, blood, or fetal tissue they experience as the abortion completes itself.  Some women, wishing the process to be private, are facing this alone in their bathrooms.  The final step is to return to the abortion provider to determine if the abortion procedure was complete, as a surgical abortion may be necessary if it is not.

Abortion Pill Reversal

  • If you have taken the first pill, and are questioning your decision, we may be able to help save the pregnancy with progesterone therapy provided at our clinic. Progesterone has been safely used to support pregnancies for almost sixty years.  Please note:  this is not a guarantee, and the Abortion Pill regimen should not be started if you have any doubts.  However, if you have started the Abortion Pill and contact us right away, we will do our best to assist you.  Abortion Pill Reversal is safe and confidential but extremely time sensitive. If you have only taken the first medication and would like to talk to someone about abortion pill reversal, please call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 1.877.558.0333.
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I’m confused…What is the difference between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

You are not alone.  This can be very confusing.

Abortion Pill

Let’s start with the Abortion Pill.  If you have had a positive pregnancy test and verified that your pregnancy is viable (living), you might be contemplating an abortion.  Women considering abortion sometimes choose medication abortion, one of which is the Abortion Pill.  You may have read about this in our previous blog post or on our Web site.

Our clinic can discuss this abortion option with you and provide a free ultrasound to confirm viability.  Should your pregnancy not be viable, the difficult abortion decision may not be necessary.

Morning After Pill

The Morning After Pill is a different medication (levonorgestrel) and is designed to be taken hours to days after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy from occurring.  The Morning After Pill works in three ways: 1) delaying ovulation, 2) making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize and egg, 3) preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (early abortion).  It is important to consider your feelings concerning abortion before taking this medication, since the woman will not know the way in which it worked.  A pregnancy test to rule out an already existing pregnancy is recommended.

 

Our clinic can provide a free pregnancy test and information on the risks and side effects of this medication.  The user should be aware that some side effects could mask an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.

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What is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is a type of medication abortion (as compared to a surgical abortion).  It is the common name used for the regimen Mifeprex.  Those seeking abortion sometimes think that “medication” means “easy”. Since an abortion is an emotional decision, it is very important to understand the process so that the woman is not caught off-guard by the steps involved and the length of time to complete the abortion.

It is also important to be aware that should the medication abortion not succeed, a surgical abortion may be necessary.  Because two different medications are given at two different times (one to end the life of the embryo and the other cause contractions to expel the embryo), women may experience conflicting feelings about their decision before the abortion is fully complete. This, as well as managing the contraction and cramping stage at home, can be more difficult than she may have anticipated.

Our Clinic can provide information on the Abortion Pill regimen, answer questions and concerns involving the procedure and risks, and verify the viability of the pregnancy with ultrasound.  This can be especially important to make sure that the cramping (from the Abortion Pill) is not mistaken for an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

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I’m considering abortion, but worried it will be hard on me emotionally. 

You are in a unique situation – you have not yet had an abortion, yet you are anticipating the emotional effects it may entail.  You are to be commended for thinking ahead, and for considering your emotional state and how you handle trauma.  Because an unplanned pregnancy can be very scary, many women feel they have no choice but abortion, even if their heart or mind is warning them against it.  That fear can drive them to “act now–think later”.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself if you are in this situation:

  • What are my moral or spiritual beliefs concerning abortion?
  • How will an abortion experience feel to me five, ten, or twenty years from now?
  • What/who are the specific pressures causing me to consider abortion?
  • What current struggles do I have managing depression or anxiety?
  • What would make this pregnancy doable? What am I lacking?
  • What questions do I have regarding options, procedures, and risks?

Your first step will be to verify your pregnancy with a test and to check for viability (living pregnancy) with a sonogram, to determine if an abortion is even necessary.  The next step is to talk with someone who can help you know what to expect physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually with any of the options: abortion, parenting, or adoption, and what resources are available.  We are here to help.  Our services are free, and we may even be able to see you today.

Contact us today!

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Abortion, Parent, or Adoption:  How do I make the choice?

When faced with an unanticipated pregnancy, no option is easy.  After all, it was not part of your plan to be pregnant.  However, it is important to be as clear-minded as possible since this will be one of the biggest decisions you ever make.  There are many factors that will play into your decision.

First and foremost

You will want to put off the tendency you may feel to rush into a decision.  With a big decision, it is important to do research, gather information, and gain knowledge.  In addition to running a pregnancy test for you, one of our services is to provide answers on all your options.  Talking and gaining information will put you in a better position to look honestly at your options and make your decision knowing the pro’s and con’s for each.

Another important factor to consider…

…will be your moral and ethical values when it comes to abortion.  Many people have faith or moral-based opinions about abortion but choose to push them aside when faced with their own personal crisis.  This can be a difficult burden to bear since it involves going against personal convictions.  When it comes to making a decision about parenting or adoption, you need to look at your resources and support systems.  Even with adequate amounts of both, some women may wish to purse adoption.  It is important to realize that gathering information about adoption, abortion, or parenting does not obligate you to any of them.  The decision is ultimately yours.  Ask yourself the following questions to start:

  • What are my moral, ethical, or faith convictions and how will each decision relate to those?
  • In what ways am I feeling pressured towards any particular decision?
  • How will my decision affect me 5, 10, 20, or 50 years from now?
  • What do I know about my pregnancy and it’s likelihood to continue at this point?

We can help you sort through these tough questions.  Our services are free, no pressure, and no obligation.  Call or text us to find an appointment that works with your schedule.

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