I’m Considering Abortion but Unsure Where to Seek Help

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can make you feel all the emotions at once. And trying to navigate your pregnancy options is likely making you feel scared, worried for the future, and all the emotions in between. But you’re not alone in this. At ALC, we understand what you’re going through.

As you consider your pregnancy options, including abortion, it’s essential to learn all you can and find the support you need. At ALC, we’re here for you and believe every woman deserves to have all the information she needs to make an informed, empowered decision.

Read on to learn more about the essentials you need to know before choosing abortion. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person, contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.

How Does Abortion Work?

Abortion comes in two forms: medical and surgical.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” involves taking two powerful drugs that work together to terminate your pregnancy and expel it from your uterus.

These drugs are taken at home. After taking them, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. However, you might also experience a physical risk, which can include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is performed in a clinic. The invasive procedure involves dilating your cervix so that medical instruments can enter your uterus to remove your pregnancy. These instruments typically include scraping tools and strong suction.

Surgical abortion is associated with the following risks:

  • Perforation of the uterus. This occurs when one of the surgical instruments pokes a hole in your uterine wall.
  • Damage to the cervix.
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall. This can lead to future infertility or painful periods.
  • Infection.

How Can I Protect My Health Before an Abortion?

Before seeking an abortion, it’s critical to get an ultrasound. This simple scan is the number one way to protect your health during pregnancy, and it will give you the information you need to know before an abortion. This includes:

  • Pregnancy age: This is essential, as certain options, like the abortion pill, are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under. If your pregnancy is further along and you take these drugs, you’re more likely to experience a risk to your health.
  • Pregnancy location: You aren’t eligible for abortion drugs if your pregnancy develops outside the uterus. This is known as an ectopic pregnancy, and it’s a life-threatening condition that needs immediate medical intervention.
  • Pregnancy viability: Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and an ultrasound can help determine if you’ve had one. If you have, and you unknowingly take the abortion drugs, you’re more likely to experience a risk.

At ALC, we care about your health and safety. This is why we offer free, limited ultrasounds. If you’re considering abortion, see us first to take advantage of free services that can help protect your health—no matter what choice you make for your pregnancy. Schedule your appointment today.

We have two locations for your convenience:

  • 711 Henry Clay Street, Shelbyville, KY; (502) 647-0300
  • 368 N. Buckman Street, Shepherdsville, KY; (502) 212-2535

*ALC does not perform abortions