Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can make you feel overwhelmed and confused. Part of those feelings can come from being unsure about what decision is best for you—abortion or adoption.
That’s why one of the important first steps is to learn all you can about your pregnancy and what options are available to you. Read on for details about abortion and adoption, as well as steps to take to get details about your pregnancy.
Abortion is the term used to describe a medical procedure that terminates a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortion, medical and surgical.
Medical abortion, also commonly referred to as “the abortion pill,” is actually a series of drugs that are taken to terminate a pregnancy.
The first drug is mifepristone, and it causes your body to stop growing the pregnancy. The second drug, misoprostol, forces your uterus to contract, expelling the pregnancy from your body.
It is important to note that according to the FDA has approved the combined usage of Mifeprex and Mifepristone to end an intrauterine pregnancy through ten weeks gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a patient’s last menstrual period)”.
Surgical abortion is a medically invasive procedure that is performed by a doctor. During the procedure, your cervix is dilated and special medical instruments, including a suction device, are used to remove the pregnancy and associated tissue from your uterus.
Certain types of abortion, like medical abortion, aren’t recommended for every situation, which is why it’s vital to seek the services of a trusted medical center and get an ultrasound before choosing this option.
Thanks to recent changes in laws and the culture overall, adoption is very different from what it was in the past. These changes include providing more support for women facing unplanned pregnancies and empowering them to make the best decisions for themselves during the adoption process.
There are three main types of adoption that you can choose from:
- Open adoption: You can choose the family who you want to adopt your baby and decide if you want to keep in contact with them. You can also choose how involved you want to be in the baby’s life.
- Semi-open adoption: You can still have contact with the family and baby, but a professional adoption agency will help manage communication and keep your identifying information confidential.
- Closed adoption: You won’t have contact with the baby, and the identities of all parties are kept confidential. The court keeps adoption records sealed.
Getting the Facts You Need
Deciding how to handle an unexpected pregnancy is a decision that will impact the rest of your life. That’s why it’s important to have all the details you can about your pregnancy and understand all the options that are available to you.
One of the best first steps is to get an ultrasound scan. This scan will give you information about your pregnancy, like the age and viability. It can also detect any complications like an ectopic pregnancy, which is a serious situation that requires immediate medical intervention to protect your health.
The medical staff at Choices can provide you with a free ultrasound scan and follow-up consultation to discuss the details of your pregnancy and to answer all your questions about what options are available to you.
Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment. Get answers on abortion or adoption to make the best decision for your health and future.