If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, there are specific steps to take that can help protect your health. 

Read on to learn more, or if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy options, contact Lilli Women’s Center to speak to one of our caring team members. 

1. Get an Ultrasound

Before seeking an abortion, you must learn key details about your pregnancy to help protect your health. These details include:

  • How far along you are. Some abortion options, like medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”), are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks. If your pregnancy is older and you take the abortion pill drugs, you’re at a greater risk of experiencing potentially serious complications. 
  • The location of your pregnancy. Most pregnancies develop inside the uterus, but sometimes, an embryo attaches and grows outside the uterus. This is a life-threatening situation called ectopic pregnancy that needs emergency treatment. If you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, you aren’t eligible for abortion.

2. Review Your Medical History

Certain options, like medical abortion, aren’t available if any of the following situations apply to you:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; particular heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Take a blood thinner or particular steroid medicines
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the drug used

This list isn’t exhaustive, so it’s important to review your medical history with a medical provider before seeking an abortion.

3. Learn All You Can About Your Options

Before choosing abortion, you must learn all you can about your options to ensure you make an informed, confident choice. 

Asking yourself the following questions can help:

  • Do I understand the risks of each choice?
  • Have I considered what each option might look like in my life?
  • Have I thought about how I might feel after each option?
  • Am I feeling pressured to make one decision over another?

You’re Not Alone

Trying to decide how to proceed with your pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Lilli Women’s Center, we’re here for you with free pregnancy resources, information, and services that can help you make a confident decision and feel supported along the way. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.