Choosing to have an abortion is not a decision most women make lightly when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. For some women, abortion can seem like the best option available at the time. Abortion is legal in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico without limitation at this time.
Before you pursue abortion as a pregnancy option, we encourage you to seek the support you need at Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque. Our caring staff goes the extra mile to make sure you know you’re not alone. We’re with you every step of the way. From pre-abortion care to after-abortion care and support, we provide the services you need to receive assistance and comfort during this difficult time.
The type of abortion you receive depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy at the time the procedure is performed. There are two kinds of abortion: chemical and surgical.
A chemical abortion is a common method used when a woman is less than 10 weeks pregnant. It involves the administration of two separate medications during a multi-step process. During the first phase, the woman is given Mifeprex orally. The drug blocks progesterone, the hormone necessary for an embryo to survive during pregnancy. Within 48 hours, the woman will be given a second medication called Mifepristone. It causes heavy cramping and bleeding to expel the contents of the uterus, which includes a fertilized egg or developing embryo.
There are side effects associated with a chemical abortion. They can include nausea, diarrhea, chills, fever, weakness, dizziness, and headache. Women also should expect to have a heavy period for 9 to 16 days. Some women may bleed for up to 30 days. If bleeding persists beyond this, consult your medical practitioner, who can examine you to ensure there are no complications from the procedure.
A surgical abortion is performed in women who are more than 10 weeks pregnant. During the procedure, the cervix is opened, and the uterus is suctioned out. Tools may be used to physically remove the fetus depending on the trimester of pregnancy and the baby’s level of growth. There are various levels and procedures associated with surgical abortions. They include:
Having an abortion is not without risks. Even when performed correctly by a skilled abortion doctor, complications can arise afterward that require immediate medical intervention. Here are some of the things you can expect after having an abortion:
Choosing to go through with abortion doesn’t mean you won’t have regrets or other deep sadness following the procedure. Care Net offers after-abortion care support groups and other programs to help you overcome the trauma associated with abortion.
An unplanned pregnancy can be scary, but so can going through an abortion when you’re not sure what to expect. Care Net’s supportive and non-judgmental staff is here to ensure you have all the facts you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.
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