Abortion Safety Checklist

As a medical procedure, abortion is a big deal. To help you be as safe and informed as possible, Willow Women’s Center has compiled the following checklist so you know you have what you need to make the right choice for you.

  • 1. Confirm Your Pregnancy

    The very first step, before you even begin thinking about the options you have, is to confirm you have a viable pregnancy. What does that mean? Sometimes, the fertilized egg will implant somewhere other than within the uterus. This a dangerous medical condition called an ectopic pregnancy. This, along with how far along you are, can be determined by an ultrasound.

  • 2. Get Tested for STIs

    If left undetected and untreated, STIs can cause long-term reproductive health issues – especially if you have an abortion with one. There may be no symptoms associated with them, so the only way to know if you contracted an STI is to get tested.

  • 3. Consider Your Options

    For many women, abortion can feel like the only option because of personal circumstances, finances, and many other factors. However, the best way to make the right choice for you is to truly consider what each option would be like. Imagine yourself after the three different options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. How do you feel in those scenarios? Take note of that as you work toward making a decision.

  • 4. Be Informed about Abortion Procedures

    Did you know that there is more than one type of abortion procedure, and that there are different risks involved with each? Take the time to understand the medical and surgical procedures and learn about the risks so you are informed and equipped to make the best possible choice for you. If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone to get the most up-to-date abortion information, schedule an appointment with Willow Women’s Center.

  • 5. Ask About Complications

    Research your potential abortion provider, and ask whether he or she has privileges to admit you to a hospital if an emergency occurred. Ask what they do in the event of complications, so you know what to expect.

  • 6. Know it’s Okay to Change Your Mind

    Pregnancy is a life-changing occurrence, no matter what choice you make. It’s important to know that, if at any point you change your mind, that is okay.

 
Have questions about abortion procedures, risks or costs? The trained staff and medical professionals at Willow Women’s Center can inform you so you can confidently make the best decision for you. Schedule an appointment with us today.