Ways to Mentally and Physically Prepare for Your Abortion Procedure

So, you’re pregnant and you don’t want to be. If you’ve decided that having an abortion is the best option for you, there will be many more questions and considerations ahead of you.

Educate yourself about your abortion options and what each one entails.

Nearly one in four people getting abortions choose what’s colloquially known as “the abortion pill,” according to the CDC. This option (also called a medical, chemical, or pill abortion), is only available to people who are at most 10 weeks pregnant. If you’re further along than that, or if you have certain contraindications (like taking blood thinners), you’ll need a surgical abortion, which we’ll detail in a moment.

 Remember that abortions are safe medical procedures when performed under the care of a medical professional. They carry fewer risks and complications than childbirth.

Abortion is one of the safest routine medical procedures you can have, especially in the first trimester (which is when over 91 per cent of abortions take place).

 Make sure you’re aware of any abortion legislation in your state that may complicate your experience.

For instance, some states have imposed mandatory waiting periods for medical abortions, meaning you may have to wait anywhere from 18 to 72 hours after a counselling session to actually have your abortion.

Tell only the people you actually want to and no one else.

Maybe you feel like shouting from the rooftops that this is the smart, safe, choice for you. Perhaps you’d rather not tell a soul. “When it comes to who you share this with, who you seek support from, and whose experience and advice

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