Chemical abortions, also known as medical abortions, are triggered by the use of medications. Although you may hear people refer to the abortion pill, there are actually two medications that are both taken to cause pregnancy termination. You’ll take the first pill at the clinic and the second at home. If you think you might want to terminate the pregnancy with medications, you’ll need to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible. There is a short window of time to get a chemical abortion.
Pregnancies less than six weeks by menstrual age may be terminated with medications. Medical abortions are highly effective. But in some cases, women still need to return to the clinic for a surgical abortion to complete the procedure. Before making the decision to have a chemical abortion, let your gynecologist know about your full health history. Women who have certain medical conditions and those who take certain medications, like blood-thinners, will need to have a surgical abortion instead.
Washington Surgi-Clinic performs safe, legal second and first trimester abortions. Women can call (202) 659-9403 to request a private, confidential consultation with one of our compassionate gynecologists in Washington, D.C.
When you’re making a decision about whether abortion is the right choice for you, too often, myths about abortion safety can get in the way. Don’t let falsehoods interfere with your ability to make the right decisions for your life and body. Arm yourself with the right information and consider these facts behind common myths about abortion safety.
Myth: Abortion Is More Dangerous Than Giving Birth
Myths about the dangers of abortion are simply not true. It is considered to be a very safe medical procedure that is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients. When compared to childbirth, abortion is about 10 times safer than going through delivery. Before you have an abortion, the doctor will consider your personal health and determine if it is a safe procedure for you.
Myth: Abortion Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer
This myth is one of the most persistent ones regarding abortion, but it has been debunked. In 2003, the National Cancer Institute brought together more than 100 leading experts in the study of pregnancy and breast cancer risk . These experts agreed that abortion has no impact on a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Myth: Abortion Causes Emotional Problems
Abortion itself does not lead to emotional problems. Many women who choose abortion do so because of the negative impact their pregnancy is having on their lives, so they often feel relieved when the process is complete. However, if you were experiencing emotional difficulties before your abortion, it’s likely that they may persist afterwards. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to feel a sense of sadness or loss after an abortion, but this does not usually translate into long-term emotional upheaval. Your emotional state before your abortion is a much better indicator of how you will feel afterwards.
At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our staff is here to support you as you make the important decision about whether abortion is right for you, and can help you throughout the procedure and recovery. Make an appointment today and let us help you get the care you need. Call us at (202) 683-7336.
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