If pregnancy wasn’t part of your plan, you might be considering abortion. Pregnancy can be a scary concept, especially if you feel as if you’re not in a place in your life to deal with it. However, before you make any decisions, it’s important to consider all of the potential outcomes.
Below, you can learn about what abortion entails, the different types of procedures and risks associated with each. If you have additional questions or would like to confirm your pregnancy through a pregnancy test and ultrasound, make a free appointment at Dakota Hope Clinic today.
What is abortion?
Abortion is a medical or surgical procedure that deliberately terminates a human pregnancy. There are several types of abortion procedures that are available, which have limitations depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. We can talk with you about all your available options so you can make the best-informed decision for you. We’re here for you just text 978.705.3421 or make an appointment today.
Additionally, if you are a minor, it is required by law to get a parent or legal guardian’s signed permission before an abortion can take place.
Your First Step
Before you even consider your options, you’ll want to make sure you are actually pregnant. You can confirm your pregnancy by making an appointment at Dakota Hope Clinic for a free pregnancy test and subsequent ultrasound. A pregnancy test, taken after a missed period, can indicate pregnancy. An ultrasound will medically confirm your pregnancy by detecting a fetal heartbeat and determining how far along you are. Both of these steps are necessary before having an abortion procedure.
It’s also important to be tested for STDs if you are pregnant. Not only can STDs cause issues during pregnancy, but they can also cause complications and infections if you have an abortion while infected. Dakota Hope Clinic offers limited STD testing and treatment for the most common STDs.
Types of Abortion Procedures
Plan B is often confused with the abortion pill, but they are actually two different medications. Plan B, also called “the morning after pill,” prevents pregnancy from occurring after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The pill must be taken within 72 hours of intercourse to effectively delay or stop the release of an egg from the ovary. Plan B will not work if you are already pregnant.
RU-486, commonly known as the abortion pill, is made up of two pills called mifepristone and misoprostol. They can only be taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and must be prescribed by a medical professional. Please note: it is not advised to purchase any medication claiming to end a pregnancy online. These “pills” are not regulated and may have ingredients that are extremely harmful to your health.
If you would like to learn more about how the abortion pill works to expel a pregnancy, the side effects and more, contact us today.
Surgical abortions use various surgical instruments and mild anesthesia to remove a pregnancy vaginally. There is only one abortion provider in the state of North Dakota, which is in Fargo.
Because a surgical abortion is more invasive, there are more significant side effects associated with it. To learn more about how a surgical abortion is performed, the side effects and more, contact us today.
Abortion Pill Reversal
If you have recently taken the first pill in RU-486 and regret your decision, there is still time to change your mind! Do not take the second pill and visit this website to learn about your options. There may be a chance to reverse the effects and continue with your pregnancy. Don’t wait, reach out using this 24/7 hotline immediately!
Depending on the type of abortion procedure you choose, other medications you are currently taking, medical conditions and more, the side effects and risks could vary.
Just like any other medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with both medical and surgical abortions. Some of these risks include excess bleeding, incomplete abortion (medical only, resulting in the need for a surgical abortion), fever, infection, digestive system discomfort and more. There is also the likelihood that you could experience emotional side effects. To learn more about the potential physical and emotional risks of abortion, contact us today.
Dakota Hope Clinic does not refer for or provide abortions.