What is Abortion? What are Your Options?

One of the most common questions about abortion is whether people have a right to an abortion. The legal right to an abortion varies by country and, within the United States, by state. Laws and access can significantly differ, affecting this right.

As you can imagine, many misconceptions surround the procedure, and it may be in your best interest to educate your patients about the same.

Here is what your patients need to know about abortion.

You have Options

Abortion is not the only option when a woman finds themselves pregnant.

The good news is that they can either choose to parent, adopt or put their child up for adoption or explore other options like home study and single parenthood.

Many women choose abortion due to financial instability or lack of emotional support from their partner or family members.

Nevertheless, many organizations can help women make an informed decision about how to proceed with their pregnancies — and even help them through their options if they decide on adoption or parenting.

Medication Abortion is Safer

A procedure called “medication abortion” can be done early in pregnancy using pills provided by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

This method has fewer side effects and fewer health risks than surgical abortion later in pregnancy, and it can be used up to nine weeks after a patient’s last period.

Access to medication abortions in rural areas or places with fewer providers can still be challenging due to legal restrictions, availability of healthcare providers, and state-specific laws.

Patients who choose medication abortion will take two pills 24-48 hours apart and then revisit their healthcare provider one or two weeks later to ensure that everything is well.

Laws about the Procedure Vary

Abortion laws vary significantly from state to state, including restrictions and conditions under which abortion is permitted, making it essential to consult local laws for specific legality and gestational limits.

In some states, abortion is prohibited after viability unless necessary to protect the woman’s life or health.

While most women do not experience long-term fertility issues after an abortion, complications from the procedure, though rare, can affect future fertility. It’s important to discuss potential risks with a healthcare provider.

Women Opt for Abortion for Many Reasons

There are many reasons women choose to have an abortion, including financial, medical, and relationship concerns.

Women who cannot afford to raise a child may feel like they have no other choice but to abort it.

Young women with little or no education may also face difficult decisions when they fall pregnant because they know they do not have the means to bring up a child without any support from their partners or family members.

Single mothers may not want another child so soon after having one or may not be in a position to financially provide for another child.

It May Cause Side Effects

You may experience side effects after your abortion. They vary from person to person and are not usually severe but can include vaginal bleeding or cramps for a few days as well as tiredness or nausea for up to a week after your procedure.

Contact the clinic immediately if you experience any of these things or think something is wrong.

Abortions are Safe

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, abortion is considered a safe medical procedure with a low risk of complications.

It has risks associated with it but — like most surgeries — those can be avoided by making sure you’re healthy enough for an abortion in the first place.

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States today; it’s safer than getting your tonsils out or having a wisdom tooth removed.

Abortion, like any medical procedure, has its own set of risks and should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

You Have Options Regarding how to do It

You can have an abortion by taking medications by mouth or having a medical procedure done in a clinic or hospital by a trained professional such as a doctor, nurse, or midwife.

While medication abortion can be done at home, obtaining medications online should be approached with caution. It’s crucial to ensure the source is reputable and the medications are genuine and safe, in line with guidance from a healthcare provider.

Bottom Line

Given the prevalence of abortion, women need to understand what they’re getting into when deciding to terminate a pregnancy and what to expect as they recover.

Those mentioned above are some of the most crucial things you should inform your patients about the procedure.

See Also

Does Medicare Cover Abortions

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Does Medicare Cover Birth Control

Current Version
March 15, 2022
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 25, 2024
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

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