Choosing to have an abortion is a big decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. There are a number of things to consider before making such an important decision. In this post, we'll cover five questions you should ask before settling on what is the best course of action for you and your body. Making the correct choice may seem overwhelming, but we hope that the insights below will enable you and guide you toward making an informed decision.
1. What are the risks associated with having an abortion?
Although abortion is often presented as completely safe, there is a risk of complications such as infection, hemorrhage, damage to organs, or even death in rare cases. It's also important to be aware that some medical procedures may lead to infertility later in life as well. Additionally, psychological repercussions like depression, guilt, and post-traumatic stress are not uncommon for women that have had an abortion. It's important to discuss potential risks with someone knowledgeable about abortion procedures before you make a decision. If you'd like to speak with a member of our team about abortion and its risks, don't hesitate to reach out!
2. What are my other options?
When an unexpected pregnancy occurs, abortion may seem like the only choice. However, there are two other paths to consider: adoption and parenting.
By choosing adoption, you are granting your child an opportunity to be cared for and loved by a new family while allowing yourself to carry on with your own life plans. Making this choice not only brings closure and assurance for you but also provides your little one with safety and care as they embark on their own life journey.
Although it may not have been in your plans, parenting can be a highly rewarding experience. By becoming a parent, you can either raise the child independently or with help from family and friends. Many women experience strong feelings of joy and accomplishment when they become mothers too!
Abortion, adoption, and parenting each come with their own unique pros and cons. If you need help exploring your options or have questions, we would be happy to assist you!
3. What are my feelings about abortion?
It is important to listen to your heart and allow your emotions to guide you when making such a difficult decision. It's normal to experience fear, loneliness, or uncertainty when facing a decision like this. It's also vital to make sure that you are making a decision out of your own free will and not just influenced by pressures from your family or the father. What matters is that you make the choice that fits your situation and needs. If you ever need help, we are here for you every step of the way no matter what path you decide to take!
4. What will happen after the abortion?
It is important to consider what your life will be like after you have an abortion. While some women experience a sense of relief afterward, many may struggle with guilt, regret or sadness. If you're considering it, it's important to speak openly to someone who can help clarify potential impacts before making your final choice. If you don't feel comfortable talking with any loved ones about this sensitive topic, our team is here for you! We offer free and confidential services that are available to you without judgment or pressure!
Are you or someone close to you dealing with an unexpected pregnancy? At iChoose, we are dedicated to offering the support and resources that our clients need in order to make their own informed decision. Reach out today for more information on our services!