You are pregnant and considering abortion – but before you can make an informed decision, it is important to know what is involved in an abortion, and what services you should be looking for.
There Are No Walk-In Abortions
If you walk into an abortion clinic, you will not receive abortion services that day. Instead, information will be taken from you, and you should meet with an abortion counselor. Typically, the counselor will make sure that you are fully aware of all of your options, and will try to make sure that you are emotionally and mentally suited for an abortion.
Aside from counseling, you will also need to provide the clinic with your medical history, have laboratory tests done, have a physical examination done, and read and sign paperwork. The actual abortion is typically scheduled for a different day, which allows you time to think seriously about your decision.
On the Day of the Abortion
Based on your medical history and the pregnancy in question, the medical staff at the clinic will decide which abortion options are best for you. You may be offered sedation for the procedure as well. The procedure should have already been explained to you – at your first appointment.
Once the abortion has been performed, you should be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection, and you may be prescribed pain medication if the doctor feels that it is warranted. If it was a first trimester abortion, you will be ready to leave the clinic within an hour of the procedure, but you will usually need someone to drive you home. Most clinics discourage leaving by your self after this procedure.
Additional Abortion Services
The clinic should provide you with a 24-hour, seven day-a-week emergency contact number before you leave. You can call this number if you have any questions or if you don’t feel that something is right. Many abortion clinics will provide you with birth control services at the time of your abortion as well.
Some abortion clinics will even provide after abortion counseling services or at the very least be able to refer you to affordable counseling outside of the clinic. These counseling services should be seriously considered, since an abortion can be a traumatic experience, and you should take full advantage of all of the services that are offered by the abortion clinic that you have chosen.