Those two lines came up. The pregnancy test is positive, and your new reality seems overwhelming.
What can you do? What should you do? What are your options?
Your mind has a million thoughts. Your heart may be heavy. Your stomach may be upset.
You may feel isolated and alone.
You are not alone.
You have options, and we are here to help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision. Call (239) 772 –4673 any time of day, any day of the week, and we can answer questions and help you.
You may be feeling and dealing with a lot of outside pressures and personal worries like:
- I’m not ready to be a mom.
- I’m afraid to be pregnant and give birth.
- I don’t want to tell anyone I’m pregnant.
- I’m scared to tell anyone I am pregnant.
- I can’t provide for a child.
- I am afraid to tell my parents.
- My parents know and want me to get an abortion.
- My partner does not want a baby.
- I had plans to complete high school and college. How can I do that with a child?
If you are considering abortion, you need to know the facts.
What is Abortion?
Abortion is a medical process terminating a pregnancy with a medical pill or by surgical procedure.
Take it one step at a time. You do not have to rush making a decision right now.
Consider the following:
First, confirm your pregnancy with a confidential, free ultrasound.
This will help determine if you actually are pregnant, if you are at risk for a miscarriage, and if you are in need of immediate medical attention. Tubal, or ectopic pregnancies, occur when a fetus implants anywhere but the intrauterine lining, most commonly in a fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies are medical emergencies.
Second, determine how far along you are based on the first day of your last menstrual period (lmp) and the ultrasound. We will help you calculate this.
Third, get tested for STIs and STDs to prevent any possible health complications.
Now, learn about and evaluate your options.
Abortion costs, methods, and risks are determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.
The Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion) is used up to 10weeks of pregnancy. This is a two-step process. The first pill is RU-486, or mifepristone, and is a synthetic steroid which blocks the natural progesterone hormone your body needs to maintain a pregnancy. The second pill (misoprostol) is taken 24-48 hours later. This causes the uterus to cramp and empty the uterus, completing the termination. There is heavy cramping and bleeding that can last for weeks, even months, to follow.
Plan B, or the Morning-After Pill, is an emergency abortificient pill made of levonorgestrel. It is available over the counter at pharmacies and department stores. Plan B is only effective up to 120 hours, or 5days, after unprotected sex. The effectiveness rapidly declines after 72hours. If your pregnancy test is positive, it is too late to take the Morning-After pill.
If you are further along than 10weeks, or Medical Abortion fails, surgical abortion is available with certain clinics and medical providers.
Surgical abortion uses surgical tools to empty the uterus and remove the fetus. Different procedures and tools are used depending on how far along the pregnancy is. Aspiration uses suction tools to remove the fetus. Dilation and Evacuation and Dilation and Extraction procedures involve physically removing the fetus.
Risks & Rights
Abortion is a medical procedure. There are physical and emotional risks and side effects to the using the Abortion Pill and having a Surgical Abortion. Know your rights with abortion providers. We can share the facts with you, explaining your options as well as the risks so you can make an informed decision. You are our first priority. You do not have to wait days or weeks for an appointment.
Call (239) 772 – HOPE (4673) to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a trained counselor.
Lifeline Family Center does not perform or refer for abortions.