Women considering any serious medical procedure deserve to have all the facts beforehand. That includes abortion. Like other procedures, there are associated risk factors, complications, and information women should be aware of to help protect their safety.

We should normalize talking about how abortion can impact a woman’s health because women deserve to be informed of all the facts and not just limited information.

Why Should I Speak With My Provider?

Talking with a trusted provider or local pregnancy center is the first step to ensuring you’re safe and getting all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Here, you can discuss your options, give a health history, mention any current medications, and ask questions.

Gain the clarity you need from a professional who can guide you and protect your wellness with factual medical knowledge.

How Can I Protect My Health?

In addition to speaking with a professional, you can check a couple of other items off your list to ensure you’re protecting your health.

  • Receive highly accurate, reliable pregnancy testing.
  • Have ultrasound imaging done.
  • Learn about the risks of medical abortion or surgical abortion, which can include fever, infection, and hemorrhaging. 

These two things will help confirm that your pregnancy is viable, hasn’t ended in a miscarriage, and is located in the right place.

Sometimes, usually not due to anything a woman has or hasn’t done, a pregnancy can end in a missed miscarriage. You may not have any symptoms when this occurs, but an ultrasound can help confirm the diagnosis.

Another way ultrasound is helpful is by detecting where the embryo is located. Sometimes an ectopic pregnancy occurs. This can be a life-threatening pregnancy complication and should be monitored by medical professionals.