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3 Reasons to Get Free Pregnancy Testing

If you think you might be pregnant, you’re probably wondering about the next steps. Even if you haven’t yet missed a period, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can validate your pregnancy status with our free pregnancy testing service.

With four convenient locations in and around Albuquerque, we make it easy to book an appointment to get tested. Walk-ins also are welcome at any of our sites, including our medical mobile unit.

How can you tell if you’re pregnant?

There are many signs that can point to pregnancy. Although women can experience different symptoms of pregnancy, some early warning signs are common. If you’re having any of the following symptoms, it’s worth exploring whether you’re pregnant.

  • A missed period can be one of the first indicators to alert you to a possible pregnancy.
  • Frequent urination happens in the early stages of pregnancy as your body ramps up production of the pregnancy hormones progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin.
  • Fatigue can signal your body’s hormonal changes to support an early pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting can happen anytime during your pregnancy but are most likely during the first trimester.
  • Tender breasts are another sign your hormones are fluctuating in early pregnancy.

There are some other less common symptoms that you might experience. Women unfamiliar with these as signs of pregnancy can overlook them.

  • Bloating.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Changes in the skin.
  • Food cravings.
  • Headaches and dizziness.
  • Light bleeding, spotting, or period-like cramping.
  • Metallic taste.

What are 3 reasons to get free pregnancy testing?

The symptoms of pregnancy can be linked to other illnesses. It’s important to confirm your intuition that you’re pregnant. If you discover you’re not pregnant after free pregnancy testing with Care Net, then you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care doctor to explore other reasons for your condition.

Once pregnancy is confirmed, you’ll need to make an appointment with your doctor so you can get started taking prenatal vitamins and following other recommended regimens for a healthy pregnancy. 

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Confirming your home pregnancy test results is one of the many reasons why you should consider free pregnancy testing with Care Net.

Confirm your home test results

The first reason to get free pregnancy testing is to confirm you are, indeed, pregnant. While home pregnancy tests have come a long way and can be mostly accurate, they still don’t guarantee 100 percent accurate results.

Some home pregnancy tests differ in their ability to detect pregnancy in women who have recently missed a period. Other factors also can cause a false-negative or false-positive result.

False-positive results happen if you had a recent pregnancy loss or were taking a fertility drug containing HCG. They can also be caused by taking a home pregnancy test too early, testing with diluted urine, or not waiting the full period before reading the pregnancy test results.

An ectopic pregnancy, menopause, and ovary issues can produce incorrect pregnancy test results when testing at home. Care Net’s free pregnancy testing process uses hospital-grade kits to provide accurate results.

Explore your pregnancy options

Once your pregnancy is confirmed with a free pregnancy test, you can begin to explore your pregnancy options. Care Net’s knowledgeable staff can provide information about all your pregnancy options, including:

You can trust us to give you accurate details about each of your pregnancy options. While we do not refer or perform abortions, we do refer for adoption services, see our community referrals page for programs that can further assist you.

Provide proof of pregnancy

Whichever pregnancy option you choose, you must first have confirmation that you’re pregnant. It’s the first step toward getting pregnancy care from a medical professional who can guide you through the process associated with your pregnancy decision.

If you choose to work with an adoption agency, one of the primary requirements before they begin the placement process is to confirm your pregnancy. In addition to free pregnancy testing, adoption agencies might also request a free limited pregnancy ultrasound which can be done free of charge at one of our four locations.

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Adoption is one of the pregnancy options you can choose once you confirm your pregnancy with free pregnancy testing.

What are my pregnancy options?

Sometimes a pregnancy confirmation is a joyous occasion – an awaited result of a planned pregnancy – with the soon-to-be parents anxious to raise their child. However, this is not always the case. A pregnancy confirmation might leave you surprised, worried, or wondering what to do next.

An adoption is a beautiful option. You can give others the opportunity to become parents when they haven’t been able to conceive on their own. Care Net can help you explore adoption, giving you the tools, resources, and guidance needed.

If you decide to explore parenting, we have pregnancy and parenting education resources that can help you prepare. Our parenting education classes and support groups make sure you’re up to the task of providing a healthy and safe environment for your baby.

Sometimes expectant parents decide abortion is the best choice for their situation. Care Net doesn’t provide or refer for abortion services. Our caring staff makes sure you have the most accurate and medically-sound information about abortion.

Where can you get free pregnancy testing?

Care Net is a safe place for women to confirm their pregnancies and explore their pregnancy options. We can provide free pregnancy testing and guidance in choosing the best pregnancy option for your situation.

Contact us today to begin your journey.

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What Men Need to Know About Abortion

Women facing an unplanned pregnancy – or who aren’t yet ready for the responsibility of raising a child – may consider abortion as one of their pregnancy options. Sometimes left out of the decision-making process are the men who fathered the babies.

Even when they are involved, some men find it difficult to provide the support their partners need to get through the process. Here is what men need to know about abortion if they want to support a friend or partner or are going through it themselves.

How are you feeling about abortion?

If your partner has told you she’s pregnant and is considering her pregnancy options, how are you feeling about abortion? Men often default to a “tough guy” persona instead of allowing themselves to experience the emotions that may come with this kind of life-changing news.

Being honest about how the possibility of abortion makes you feel – while allowing your partner to openly share her feelings – can be an important part of decision-making. Knowing you need to do it is easy. Navigating your way through the process can be more challenging.

Putting your feelings into words

There is no right or wrong way to feel when your partner tells you they’re considering an abortion. Some men feel guilty about causing an unwanted pregnancy. Playing the blame game doesn’t help either of you. It’s more important to talk about your feelings and discuss ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the future.

Men who wanted to become fathers may struggle significantly with putting their feelings into words with their partner. It’s important that they share their desire to keep the baby with their significant other. Expressing their commitment to raising a child might change their partner’s mind about having an abortion.

Seeking out the help of a counselor who can guide you through talking about your feelings can help in these situations.

Men can support their partners through abortion by letting them know they care about them.

How can men show their partners they care?

Showing their partner that they care can be as simple as letting them know they’re important and that they are there for them. Commit to exploring pregnancy options together and seeking out whatever help is needed to make the best choice. Offer to go with her to all her appointments, including a free limited pregnancy ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy.

Preserving their partner’s dignity and privacy throughout the entire process also demonstrates caring. Encourage her to seek out counseling to help with her choice, and to consider all her pregnancy options before settling on abortion. Never pressure her to do what you want or make her feel guilty about her choice.

Men who are having difficulty coping with their partner’s decision may benefit from counseling.

How do men heal from trauma after abortion?

Men can experience the same kind of emotional trauma as women before, during, and after an abortion. Those feelings can be intensified if they do not have the opportunity to discuss the best way to handle pregnancy with their partner before a decision is made.

Some of the possible emotions that men can undergo after an abortion include pain, regret, and shame. Even men who supported their partner’s choice to seek abortion can struggle with that decision afterward.

After abortion care can help both men and women heal emotionally and physically.

Abortion trauma in men can be difficult to spot, but may include an inability to control their anger.

Signs of abortion trauma in men

Abortion trauma can present itself in unsuspecting ways in men. They might find themselves struggling with newfound anger issues, substance abuse, and difficulties concentrating at work. Some of the other emotional and psychological symptoms of abortion trauma in men include:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

Abortion trauma doesn’t just reveal itself through emotional symptoms. Men also might exhibit some uncharacteristic behaviors as well. They include:

  • Alcohol or drug addiction.
  • Frequent job changes.
  • Impotency.
  • Lacking trust.
  • Social isolation.
  • Withdrawal from normal activities.
  • Violence.

Men who experience any of these signs of abortion trauma can seek help.

Getting help with after-abortion trauma

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque offers after-abortion care resources to both men and women. Contact us to discuss your needs confidentially. We can help you find a support group location near you.

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Are Abortion Pills Still Legal in NM?

Are abortion pills still legal? Some women in New Mexico may be asking this question following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade on June 24. The historic ruling has left women with questions about what pregnancy options still are available in New Mexico.

As of the writing of this article, abortion still is legal in Albuquerque. New Mexico and doesn’t have any of the abortion restrictions found in some other states. That doesn’t mean abortion is your only choice if you’re pregnant and not yet ready to become a parent.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque is here to provide the answers and resources you need when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Our supportive staff members make sure you understand all pregnancy options available to you.

Before you can be prescribed the abortion pill, your doctor must verify your pregnancy via ultrasound to ensure you’re not beyond the 10 weeks recommended for a chemical abortion.

How the abortion pill works

Abortion pills account for more than half of all abortions in the U.S. today. The two-pill method can be used in pregnancies up to 10 weeks but requires a prescription from a healthcare provider authorized to dispense medications in New Mexico.

Here’s how it works. Women receive two different doses of medication: mifepristone and misoprostol. They must take the mifepristone first, then wait 48 hours before taking the misoprostol. Mifepristone stops the pregnancy from growing, while misoprostol causes cramping and bleeding that empties the uterus.

Cramping and bleeding start 1 to 4 hours after taking the second dose of the abortion pill. Some bleeding and spotting are normal for a few weeks after taking the medication. However, a follow-up appointment with a healthcare provider is required to ensure the pill worked as intended.

Abortion pill vs. morning-after pill

It’s important to note that abortion pills and the morning-after pill are not the same things. Abortion pills require a visit to your doctor and a prescription to access them. The morning-after pill is an over-the-counter medication that women can purchase without first consulting their doctors.

Other differences include:

Accessing the abortion pill

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the use of the abortion pill in the U.S. Access to the medication was expanded during covid, allowing women to request the abortion pill via a telehealth appointment instead of in-person. The change in FDA policy for the dispensing of the abortion pill also allowed it to be received in the mail instead of in-person at a pharmacy or doctor’s office.

In December 2021, the FDA made the decision to allow telehealth appointments and medication by mail for the abortion pill permanent.

Period-like cramping is normal after taking the second dose of the abortion pill. Severe abdominal pain may signal cause for concern and a call to your doctor.

Side effects of the abortion pill

While taking the abortion pill is relatively safe, it is not without risks. New Mexico law guarantees every woman the right to receive informed consent before taking the abortion pill or having another abortion procedure that includes:

  • Assessing the risks and side effects of each abortion procedure.
  • Learning about other pregnancy options.
  • Receiving an explanation of the abortion procedures available.

Women who take the abortion pill can expect to experience diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. These are all normal reactions to taking the medication. Fever, heavy bleeding, and severe abdominal pain signal something more serious is happening that requires medical attention.

Changing your mind about the abortion pill

Sometimes women change their minds about having a medicated abortion. The good news is, if you’ve only taken the first dose of the abortion pill, you may be able to reverse the effects with the abortion reversal pill.

The abortion pill reversal procedure was developed as an emergency intervention for women who change their minds about having an abortion after they’ve started the chemical abortion process. While not always effective, it does have a 68 percent success rate when used as directed.  

It works by flooding a woman’s body with progesterone, which is the main hormone a woman’s body produces in early pregnancy to support the developing fetus. The abortion reversal pill is generally safe, but some side effects can include:

  • Breast tenderness or pain.
  • Constipation or diarrhea.
  • Fatigue or occasional tiredness.
  • Headache or migraine.
  • Muscle, joint, or bone pain.
  • Upset stomach.

The FDA doesn’t support progesterone use for reversing chemical abortions, but that doesn’t mean the process is unsafe or should be avoided. Our staff can provide you with more information about this pregnancy option during your confidential appointment.

Contact us today to discuss all your pregnancy options. We have four convenient locations in and around Albuquerque plus a medical mobile unit.

How to Deal with Abortion Guilt

Dealing with abortion guilt can be emotionally and physically draining. Whether you recently had an abortion, or it has been years since it happened, you might be struggling with your decision. Feeling regret or even sadness after an abortion isn’t unusual. Even if you know it was the right choice for your individual circumstances, it doesn’t make living with it any easier.

If dealing with abortion guilt has become a struggle for you, there are resources to help you cope. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can help you sort through your emotions and refer you to after-abortion care programs designed to help you heal from your abortion trauma.  

What emotions can you feel after an abortion?

Every woman is different. What you feel after having an abortion may not be the same experience for another woman. Some of the most common emotions women reported feeling post-abortion included grief, guilt, sadness, and relief.

Depression after abortion

Women who initially feel relieved about their decision may later experience guilt over feeling happy about their choice. These feelings of guilt can eventually turn into depression. How can you tell if you’re depressed after an abortion? Look for these signs:

  • You struggle with feelings of irritability or anger.
  • You have a difficult time focusing and making decisions.
  • You lack energy and may be sleeping too much.
  • You lost interest in activities you previously enjoyed.

Grief after abortion

Even if you decide abortion is the best pregnancy option, you can still mourn the pregnancy afterwards. Grief after abortion can last for months or even years. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque offers one-on-one sessions with a trained member of our staff. We also can refer you to group or individual counseling services.

Relief after abortion

It’s OK to feel relieved after an abortion. Coping with an unplanned pregnancy can be stressful. After exploring all your pregnancy options, you may decide abortion is right for you. Feeling like a burden has been lifted can be a common feeling afterward.

Every woman is different. Some recover emotionally in a few weeks, while others may struggle for years and require counseling or support groups to cope.

How long does it take to recover emotionally from an abortion?

The short answer to this question is, it depends. For some women, they can rebound quickly. Others may struggle with their emotions and need mental health services to help them cope.  Healing emotionally after an abortion can happen sooner if you follow these steps.

  1. Allow yourself time to grieve
    Even if abortion was the right pregnancy option for your circumstances, you can still be sad about it. Allowing yourself time to grieve afterward can facilitate the healing process. If you had an abortion years ago but never gave yourself time to process your feelings, it’s never too late to do so, especially if you continue to struggle with the decision. Remind yourself that all feelings after an abortion are valid. Working through whatever you’re feeling is the first step toward healing.
  2. Find a safe space to process your feelings
    Processing your feelings after an abortion can be tricky. There’s no shame in realizing you need help to sort through them so your healing journey can begin. Finding a safe space to work through everything is essential. Care Net Pregnancy Care Centers of Albuquerque can be that safe haven for you.
  3. Share your story
    Sharing your story with other women who have been through abortion can help you heal faster. Group counseling sessions and support groups are ideal settings for connecting with other abortion survivors who share your grief, your guilt, or your relief. Care Net can refer you to these kinds of community resources to help you cope.  
Your partner may struggle with the decision to have an abortion and need additional support.

Can partners experience abortion guilt?

Absolutely. You’re not the only one who may be feeling guilty, angry, or grieving after an abortion. Your partner can struggle with all the same emotions. Very few studies have been done on the effects of abortion on men. The limited ones that exist confirm that men also may need emotional support after their partners choose abortion.

Men who pressured their partners into having an abortion may initially feel relief over their actions. Later, they can experience distress, guilt, and grief. These feelings can manifest differently in men than women. Men struggling with their feelings about their partner’s abortion can engage in self-destructive behavior. Drug and alcohol abuse are common.

If your partner is struggling with your decision to abort, support groups and counseling programs exist that can help them sort through their feelings.

Dealing with abortion guilt requires support

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque is a judgment-free zone. If you or your partner are having difficulty dealing with abortion guilt, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a session with a member of our caring staff at one of five convenient locations.

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When Abortion Isn’t the Right Choice

Abortion isn’t the right choice for some women. They may be facing an unexpected pregnancy, but they already know visiting an abortion clinic in Albuquerque isn’t an alternative. That’s OK. When abortion isn’t the right choice for a woman, there are other pregnancy options.

Adoption, legal guardianship, and parenting are some of the other pregnancy options women can choose. Each comes with risks and rewards. Care Net Pregnancy Center’s caring staff members are here to help pregnant women explore their choices and identify the right one for their individual circumstances.

Reasons to avoid abortion clinics in Albuquerque

There are several reasons why a woman may not seek out services from an abortion clinic in Albuquerque. Some women hold a strong moral belief that guides them away from this pregnancy option. Others simply may not want to experience complications after the procedure, including damage to their uterine wall that would make future pregnancies high risk.

Whatever their personal preferences, women have an ally in Care Net Pregnancy Center. Our team provides updated information about all pregnancy options and helps women feel confident in whatever choice they make.

When abortion isn’t the right decision for a woman, adoption can be a viable pregnancy option.

Choosing adoption

Adoption can be a viable alternative to visiting an abortion clinic in Albuquerque. Roughly 135,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year. Women who aren’t ready to be parents or who don’t have a good relationship with the baby’s father sometimes lean toward this pregnancy option. It allows them to bring their baby to term while ensuring he or she has a loving family to raise them.

Women who decide to place their baby for adoption have choices about the kind of adoption process they want. Two of the alternatives are open and closed adoptions, with each providing a different level of privacy and rights for birth mothers.

Open adoptions

Open adoptions provide birth mothers with the most contact with their children as they grow. Under this type of adoption, birth mothers and adoptive families stay in close contact. Women can write letters, make phone calls, and even have visitation rights with their children after the adoption becomes formalized.

When it comes to the best solution for the child, open adoptions offer them the best of both worlds. They can get to know their birth mothers while being raised by a loving adoptive family.

Closed adoptions

Closed adoptions offer the most privacy to birth mothers. No information about her or the adoptive family is shared. An adoption agency handles all arrangements, so the two parties never have contact. Each adoption agency has its own rules for handling closed adoptions, including criteria adoptive families must meet to qualify for adoption.

Choosing legal guardianship

Legal guardianship can be an option for women who feel unable to raise their children, but do not want to relinquish parental rights to them. This pregnancy option allows the birth mother to name a legal guardian.

Women dealing with circumstances that might prevent them from parenting may wish to consider legal guardianship. If their situation changes, they can become more involved in raising their children. Working with an attorney familiar with legal guardianship laws in New Mexico can ensure birth mothers navigate this option thoroughly before signing any agreements.

Something to consider with legal guardianship: birth parents may be required to make monthly child support payments. If finances are a reason for not choosing to parent, legal guardianship also might not be a reasonable alternative.

Choosing to parent can be scary, but Care Net provides resources to help with this pregnancy option.

Choosing to parent

Choosing to parent can be scary, especially when dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. Parenting is both rewarding and tough. With the right support and resources, choosing to become a parent can be easier.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers offers free pregnancy and parenting education for expectant couples. They can learn about their baby’s basic needs, plus how to provide emotional, physical, and social support as their child grows.  

Signing up for a parenting education class is easy. Contact us today to get started.

Choosing the best pregnancy option

There are no right or wrong pregnancy options. Everyone’s circumstances are different. Care Net Pregnancy Center’s staff never judges women. We simply help them discover the best choice and provide them with the resources they need.

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Everything to Know About the Abortion Pill

More than half of all abortions in the United States occur from the abortion pill. Data from the Guttmacher Institute released in mid-February 2022 reveals the abortion pill accounts for 54 percent of all authorized abortions in the U.S. Those figures represent a substantial increase in women using the abortion pill, up from 39 percent in 2017.

Sometimes referred to as chemical abortion, the abortion pill uses a two-pill dose of medication to terminate a pregnancy. There are risks associated with using the abortion pill that must be considered before committing to the procedure.

In this article, we discuss what the abortion pill is, who can use it, and the side effects and risks of having a chemical abortion.

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill, also known as RU486, consists of a two-step medication administered to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant. It’s a multi-step process that must be followed precisely or the medication can fail.

During the first phase, women are prescribed an oral drug called Mifeprex, which blocks the production of progesterone. An embryo can’t survive without this essential hormone. Within 48 hours of taking the Mifeprex, women then take a second medication called Mifepristone. It triggers heavy cramping and bleeding, which expels the contents of the uterus (including a fertilized egg or developing embryo).

How soon can you get a chemical abortion?

Women use the abortion pill up to around nine weeks of pregnancy. Never assume a pregnancy diagnosis based solely on a home pregnancy test. Women who test positive at home can visit any Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque to receive a free pregnancy test that is more accurate. Our team can also perform a free limited pregnancy ultrasound to confirm a positive pregnancy test and to accurately date the pregnancy.

Once you confirm a pregnancy, you can visit your healthcare provider or an abortion clinic in Albuquerque if you wish to proceed with an abortion. Care Net does not perform abortions or make referrals for where to have the procedure done.

The abortion pill can be administered in the privacy of a woman’s home.

What happens during a chemical abortion?

A chemical abortion can happen at home. Women are prescribed the medication needed, provided with instructions for its administration, and sent home. Before doctors give their patients access to RU486, they evaluate their medical history and overall health. Many require an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and ensure their patients are not experiencing an ectopic pregnancy.

After the medication is taken as prescribed, women must follow up with their doctors to make sure they’re healing properly. An exam can make sure women have not developed an infection or other complications from using the abortion pill.

Women should abstain from sexual relations for at least three weeks after having a chemical abortion to prevent an infection. Also, avoid using tampons until after the follow-up appointment.

What are the abortion pill’s side effects?

Most women don’t have serious side effects after taking the first dose of the abortion pill. If they do experience any issues, it’s usually nausea from the strong dose of hormones. The most severe side effects happen after taking the second dose of the prescribed medication. Here is what to expect:

  • Bleeding and cramping, starting 1 to 4 hours after taking the second dose.
  • Dizziness for up to 24 hours.
  • Fatigue for up to 24 hours.
  • Heavy bleeding, clotting, and cramping for several hours.
  • Low fever and chills that can last for up to 24 hours.

Women should expect to have a heavy period for 9 to 16 days. Some can bleed for 30 days. If bleeding continues after 30 days, women should call their doctors for a follow-up. Persistent heavy bleeding beyond the normal expectations for the abortion pill can signal an infection.

What are the abortion pill risks?

One of the biggest risks of the abortion pill is incomplete abortion. Women who fail to take the medication as prescribed can experience this complication. Moderate to severe bleeding with lower abdominal or pelvic pain can signal a failed chemical abortion.

Other risks can include an allergic reaction to the medications in the abortion pill, fever, and infection.

Having an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill ensures a woman is not beyond the first trimester of pregnancy, which can increase the risk of severe side effects and other complications.

Who should avoid the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is unsafe for women who are more than 10 weeks pregnant. Most healthcare professionals and abortion clinics in Albuquerque require a pregnancy test and ultrasound. They do this to confirm pregnancy and ensure a woman is not beyond the first trimester before prescribing the abortion pill.

Here are some other instances in which a woman should avoid having a chemical abortion:

Always be honest with your medical provider or abortion clinic in Albuquerque about your medical history when seeking the abortion pill. Being upfront about any conditions that might make RU486 unsafe is crucial for avoiding severe side effects.

What if women change their minds?

Women who change their minds about using the abortion pill have options if they haven’t yet taken the second dose. A technique called Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) serves as an emergency intervention. Our pregnancy center staff can discuss this pregnancy option with women who have second thoughts after taking the initial dose of the abortion pill.

Having an abortion is a difficult decision. For some women, it can seem like the best pregnancy option when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Before choosing an abortion, consider seeking support at Care Net. Our caring staff provides the services needed to receive assistance and comfort during this difficult time.

How to Get Care After an Abortion

Seeking care after an abortion may be necessary for some women. Maybe they regret their decision and need emotional support. There are after-abortion care programs that can help. Perhaps they experienced complications and need medical intervention. For this women should seek medical intervention from their health care provider.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque offers after-abortion care. Our after-abortion care support programs are designed to answer your questions and provide the emotional and spiritual support needed to recover from abortion.

Emotional side effects of abortion

Even when confident abortion is the right choice, some women struggle emotionally afterward. They may experience anxiety or depression or even an overwhelming sadness. Others may suffer from feelings of low self-esteem or thoughts of suicide.

Struggling alone can make emotional trauma from abortion worse. Care Net never judges anyone for their decisions. Our caring staff is here to offer the help and support needed to come to terms with the choice to have an abortion.

Having someone to talk to – other women who have been there and experienced abortion themselves – can make the recovery process more meaningful. That’s why we offer a confidential, non-judgmental environment for women to talk one-on-one with one of our team members or to participate in an after-abortion support group with other women in the same situation.

How to deal with post-abortion trauma

Everyone deals with trauma in their own unique way. While some may insist that having an abortion is not traumatic, everyone handles the situation differently. Women who find themselves struggling after having an abortion do not have to deal with their feelings alone.

Seeking the help of family and friends can be a great source of comfort after an abortion. That option is not always available to women. When faced with no one to turn to for help, community groups can be a great alternative.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque knows that having an abortion is a life-changing decision. Women need post-abortion care and support. We’re here to help connect women with the resources they need to cope with your decision.

How to identify post-abortion trauma

Some feelings of sadness and even regret can be normal after an abortion. Continuing to dwell on the decision or becoming more depressed about it every day are two of the signs of post-abortion trauma that may require additional counseling or medical intervention.

About 25 percent of all women will have an abortion by the end of their childbearing years, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute. Of those women, some may struggle emotionally for months or years after their abortion. Sometimes called Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS), it causes heightened feelings of anxiety or depression on the anniversary of the abortion.

Women who find themselves becoming more distressed as the date of their past abortion approaches may be suffering from PASS. Some other signs that a woman needs to seek mental health services for post-abortion care include:

  • Flashbacks or nightmares about the abortion procedure.
  • Pretending the abortion never happened and denying it occurred.
  • Sleep disruptions may include nightmares about the procedure.
  • Substance abuse as a coping mechanism.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, reach out to Care Net. We can help with finding the appropriate level of post-abortion care services needed.

Choosing the right kind of post-abortion care

Women have several options for post-abortion care. Contacting Care Net to speak one-on-one with someone about your abortion experience is one alternative. We also offer post-abortion support groups where women can share their experiences and seek support from other women who have been through abortions.

One-on-one counseling is ideal for women seeking discreet help. They may be uncomfortable sharing their experiences with others, even women who have had abortions. Support groups work best for women who aren’t afraid to share their stories with others facing similar struggles. They work for women no matter where they are in their post-abortion journey.

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Abortion Clinic Alternatives in New Mexico

The news that you are pregnant can be exciting; but under certain circumstances, it can leave you feeling scared, alone, and wondering what pregnancy options are available. An unplanned pregnancy can have you searching for help from an abortion clinic as an option. However, there are abortion alternatives in Albuquerque to provide help, assistance, and care for you during this process.

Exploring your pregnancy options

There are times when you may feel you have no choice but to turn to abortion as the only alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. Perhaps you are very young and being a parent at this time in life was not planned. Maybe you feel you have no support system to help you care for a child. You may also have financial difficulties that you feel would not enable you to have a child at this time. There are a variety of reasons women begin to think about abortion as the only option.

There are alternatives to abortion and Care Net is a safe and supportive place to discuss and explore all the alternatives.  You may be surprised to know that pregnancy options are available for you at this difficult time. Care Net will give you an understanding of abortion, adoption, and becoming a parent.

Care Net helps you explore all your pregnancy options.

Free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds

You may only suspect you’re pregnant, and Care Net can help by providing you with free pregnancy testing as a first step. If your test is positive, we can then do a free limited ultrasound to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. These are the first steps in the process of deciding how to handle your unexpected pregnancy.

There are four Care Net locations in New Mexico. You may call to schedule an appointment or just walk into any location any time they are open.

Are abortion clinics in New Mexico safe?

You may be wondering if abortion is a safe option in New Mexico. Although generally, abortion is safe when performed by a licensed clinic, there are risks associated with it. Some of the risks are long-term. Abortion is a medical procedure and all medical procedures have risks and potential complications.

There are two types of abortions: chemical and surgical. If a woman’s pregnancy is 10 weeks or less, a chemical abortion will be performed. This is a two-step process that can result in nausea, diarrhea, chills, fever, weakness, dizziness, and headache. Heavy bleeding can also occur for up to 30 days. Surgical abortion is performed when the pregnancy stage is beyond 10 weeks and has much higher risks for complications.

Care Net will provide you with compassion, kindness, and support while educating you on all your options.

After abortion care in Albuquerque

Perhaps you have already had an abortion procedure and now find yourself needing abortion aftercare. You may experience both physical and emotional trauma after your abortion. Care Net is here to help.

Physical symptoms after an abortion can include:

  • Bleeding or abnormal discharge
  • Pain or cramping in the lower abdomen
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Infection

Emotional symptoms after an abortion can include:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Fear
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Regret
  • Fear of Intimacy

Compassionate care for all pregnancy options

You do not need to walk this path alone. Care Net is here to provide non-judgmental, compassionate aftercare for those who have chosen abortion.

Contact the Pregnancy Care Net Centers of Albuquerque today to schedule your appointment to speak with a caring member of our staff. You can also just walk in any time during business hours.

We know that exploring all your pregnancy options can be intimidating. Our staff supports you every step of the way. All information is kept strictly confidential. You will be treated with the utmost respect.

Abortion risks

Abortion Risks and Side Effects

Having an abortion comes with risks and the potential for short-term and long-term side effects. Some abortion clinics in Albuquerque may not share all the details you need to know when considering an abortion. At Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque, we make sure you have all the facts about abortion so you can make an informed decision.

Before you have an elective procedure like abortion, it’s important to understand all the risks involved. Your body and your future health can be impacted by the choice to have an abortion. In this article, we explore what you can expect and what the latest research says about the safety of abortions.

Common side effects of abortion

While abortions are mostly safe when performed by a medical practitioner at a reputable abortion clinic in New Mexico, there are some common side effects most women can have after the procedure. Here are some of the aftereffects you might experience.

Bleeding and cramping

Most women experience bleeding and cramping after an abortion. If you are early enough in your pregnancy to have a chemical abortion (before 10 weeks), the second dose of the abortion pill you receive causes you to bleed to expel the embryo. Women who are further along and require a surgical abortion procedure through abortion clinics in Albuquerque may or may not bleed afterward.

How much you bleed or cramp depends on several factors, including your activity level. It’s also normal to have some small blood clots if you do bleed. They may appear red or dark purple. Never use tampons after an abortion to control bleeding to prevent the risk of complications.

If you bleed heavy enough to soak more than two pads in two hours, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Dizziness

Becoming dizzy can be somewhat normal after an abortion, especially if you are bleeding. Some women notice it happens when they are active, such as working out. However, if you become so dizzy you feel like you may pass out, or the dizzy spells last more than a week after an abortion, it’s important to call your doctor right away. Dizziness after an abortion can be a sign of excessive blood loss.

Fatigue

It’s not uncommon to find yourself incredibly fatigued after an abortion. Whether you have a chemical or surgical procedure, it can take an emotional toll on you. Fatigue is your body’s way of coping.

However, if you find yourself unable to stay awake, and you also are bleeding heavily, you should contact your doctor right away. Extreme drowsiness can be a sign of excessive blood loss.

Stomach upset

Women who have a chemical abortion can find themselves nauseous from the two-dose medication. Having a surgical abortion also can prompt stomach upset and even diarrhea. Digestive issues shouldn’t last more than a few days after an abortion. If they persist, you should contact your doctor for a follow-up exam.

Abortion clinics in New Mexico should go over the short-term and long-term risks of abortion.

Possible complications from an abortion

Abortion risks include complications from the procedure. Abortion clinics in Albuquerque should explain all the short-term and long-term effects on your body (and mind) after having an abortion. Not all do. The caring staff at Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque makes sure you have all the facts about abortion – including complications – so you can make an informed decision.

Some of the lasting effects of abortion include:

  • Damage to the cervix or womb.
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Incomplete abortion (requiring a second surgical abortion).
  • Infection of the fallopian tubes or uterus.
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus.
  • Sepsis or septic shock.
  • Uterine perforation.

While rare, women can die from an abortion. The number of abortion-related deaths in the U.S. has dropped significantly since 1973.

Future health risks from abortion

Another piece of information some abortion clinics in New Mexico fail to share with women is any future health risks from abortion they may experience. Pre-term deliveries of future pregnancies are one of the biggest risks of abortion because abortion weakens the cervix. After two or more abortions, your risk of preterm birth increases by 51 to 62 percent.

Other future health risks include:

  • Complications during or after an abortion can increase your risk of infertility.
  • Development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and increased risk for STD/STIs.
  • Higher risk for sexual dysfunction, including decreased sexual desire, loss of orgasm, and painful intercourse.

You also may struggle with depression or another mental health issue after having an abortion. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque provides after-abortion care options if you need help coping with your emotional and physical reactions to abortion.

Choosing the right path for your pregnancy

Deciding what to do about your pregnancy can be scary. That’s why we’re here to help. Our caring and supportive team never judges you. We only offer complete facts about all your pregnancy options so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

Before you schedule an appointment with an abortion clinic in New Mexico, come see us for the education and support needed for whatever lies ahead.

abortion pill reversal

Everything to Know About the Abortion Reversal Pill

Having an abortion doesn’t have to be final with the abortion reversal pill. Women who undergo a chemical abortion can change their minds before taking the final dose of medication that terminates their pregnancies. The abortion pill reversal procedure (APR) can be effective in stopping a chemical abortion from succeeding when used correctly.

Women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant receive medication to end their pregnancies if they indicate they wish to have an abortion. Known as a chemical abortion, it involves the administration of two separate medications during a two-step process.

In the first phase of a chemical abortion, women take a drug called Mifeprex, which blocks progesterone production. A developing embryo requires progesterone to survive. Within 48 hours of taking the Mifeprex, women must follow it with a dose of Mifepristone. It is this second drug which causes heavy bleeding that expels the embryo, thereby ending the pregnancy.

What is the abortion pill reversal procedure?

An abortion pill reversal procedure was developed as an emergency intervention for women who change their minds about having an abortion after they’ve started the chemical abortion process. It must be taken between the first and second doses of a chemical abortion to be effective. Once a woman takes the second dose of Mifepristone, the abortion pill reversal procedure won’t work to save her pregnancy.

The abortion reversal pill uses natural progesterone to counteract the effects of the Mifeprex administered in the first dose of a chemical abortion. While not always effective, the abortion reversal pill has a 68 percent success rate when used as directed.

Progesterone is the primary component of the abortion reversal pill.
Jynto, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Is the abortion reversal pill safe?

The abortion reversal pill works by flooding a woman’s body with progesterone. While generally safe, women can experience some side effects that include:

  • Breast tenderness or pain.
  • Constipation or diarrhea.
  • Fatigue or occasional tiredness.
  • Headache or migraine.
  • Muscle, joint, or bone pain.
  • Upset stomach.

Progesterone has been used safely by obstetricians and other medical professionals for decades to treat women at high risk of miscarriage with their pregnancies with no serious side effects. Women undergoing invitro-fertilization (IVF) treatments also safely rely on progesterone shots to make their uteruses more hospitable to fertilized eggs.

Some studies indicate that birth defects in babies born after using the abortion pill reversal procedure are less or equal to the rate of the general population.

Is abortion pill reversal FDA approved?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not support progesterone use for reversing chemical abortions. That doesn’t mean the process is unsafe or should be avoided, and there are no laws saying it can’t be used as part of the abortion pill reversal procedure.

Some organizations, including the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), have issued statements in support of the abortion pill reversal procedure. In its public statement on the abortion reversal pill, the AAPLOG says three important things:

  1. Progesterone has been safely used during pregnancy without harmful effects on the pregnant woman or fetus.
  2. Pregnancies that survive after intervention with the abortion reversal pill show no greater evidence of birth defects from using the medication than those that didn’t use the procedure.
  3. Abortion reversal pill efficacy is 7 to 40 percent higher than the “sitting and waiting” method alone.

Organizations that don’t support the abortion pill reversal procedure mostly do so because they state it undermines a woman’s right to choose.

How much does abortion pill reversal treatment cost?

The cost of the abortion pill reversal procedure varies depending on the amount of progesterone that must be administered. Some medical insurance plans may cover the procedure, so be sure to check before scheduling treatment.

Women without medical insurance can discuss costs with their medical providers. Financial assistance is available for uninsured women experiencing financial hardship.

How to get more information about APR

There is a 24-hour, nurse-staffed hotline that women can call to get more information about the abortion pill reversal procedure. Operated by the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, it can be reached by calling 877-558-0333 or visiting their website to live chat with a support person.

Women also can make an appointment at any of the Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque locations to discuss the option with one of our caring staff members.

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