What to Expect When Having an Abortion: Here’s What You Need to Know

Abortion is a very touchy subject to talk about because many people are conflicted about it, and there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the idea.

Many states are starting to ban abortions or place time constraints of when you can and can’t get them.

Abortion decisions are ultimately up to the mother of the child, and you have time to think about it.

If you are considering having an abortion, knowing what to expect will help you decide if abortion is for you.

Should I Have an Abortion?

Reasons to have an abortion: 

  • your financial situation
  • your place in life (career, education, etc.)
  • having a child would be a risk to your health
  • you do not want to have a child
  • you were sexually assaulted

Reasons not to have an abortion:

  • Religious reasons
  • Legal reasons
  • Wanting to have a child
  • Mutually decided with a partner to get pregnant
  • Can easily support a child

Abortion is actually very common, and women all have their own reasons to get an abortion.

Abortion is something that must be given a lot of thought before taking action, so think about whether abortion is truly something that you would like to do.

Sit down and talk with your family or health provider if you have to.

Having An Abortion

If you decide to have an abortion, there are two methods of abortion from which you can choose from.

One method is by using a surgical tube to vacuum the fetus out of the womb.

The other method is an abortion pill, which a lot less invasive than surgical abortion and can be used at home.

A surgical abortion is a lot faster, requiring one visit that usually lasts a few hours, than medication which requires multiple checkups and must be used over several weeks.

Side-Effects of Abortion

There are many side-effects that can occur when having an abortion such as:

  • bleeding
  • abdominal swelling
  • infection
  • injury to uterus and/or cervix
  • failed abortion
  • cramping

It is very important to contact a doctor should you have any concerning side-effects.

Where to Go?

There are several places throughout the US that offer abortion services, and they are usually free with health insurance or low-cost. 

Many people go to abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood, but you can also visit a doctor for a medical abortion.

For those that live near Illinois, you can visit Family Planning Associates Chicago. Go to https://fpachicago.com/ to schedule an appointment or find more information.

Final Word

While having an abortion is difficult to decide, you need to know that you will be supported no matter which action you take.

There are many support groups for women that are considering or have gone through an abortion.

The process of having an abortion can be scary to many women, but trained doctors and nurses are there to comfort you through the process. Sit down with your family or health provider and explain your thoughts in order to make an informed decision.  

Feel free to explore our women’s health section for more health tips and insights.