- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along am I?
- What are the different abortion procedures?
- What are the abortion laws in Texas?
- What are common reasons a woman seeks an abortion?
- How do I decide whether or not to have an abortion?
- I am pregnant–what are my options?
- Should I have STD testing before proceeding with an abortion?
- What does an abortion cost?
- Are there risks to having an abortion?
Am I really pregnant?
Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should confirm your pregnancy with a medical-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound. A pregnancy may be detected as early as 7 to 10 days after conception.
Be aware that about 10-20% of known pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Actual rates may be higher as many women miscarry before knowing they are pregnant.
What are the abortion laws in Texas?
Texas law prohibits abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, unless you have a life-threatening medical condition or the fetus has a severe abnormality. Texas law requires that after 16 weeks post-fertilization, abortions must be performed at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the following are additional abortion regulations in Texas as of May 1, 2018:
A woman must receive counseling informing her about the abortion procedure and the risks involved.
A woman must undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion; the provider must show and describe the image to the woman.
There is a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours after the ultrasound and counseling before the abortion can be performed.
Private insurance policies and health plans offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion only in cases of life endangerment or if the woman’s health is severely compromised.
Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol. The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
Are you pregnant? Unsure of what to do next? Confused and looking for clarity? Come to Prestonwood Pregnancy Center for safe and respectful guidance on your next steps. We are centered on you!
What are common reasons a woman seeks an abortion?
Every woman and her circumstances are unique. According to research by Biggs, Gould, and Foster the most common reasons those considering abortion give are the need to care for existing children, financial concerns about having a child, work or school commitments, concerns about their relationship, or becoming a single parent.
Prestonwood Pregnancy Center can help you explore your reasons and help navigate the decision process.
How do I decide whether or not to have an abortion?
It is important that you take your time, gather good information, and consult safe guidance. You can schedule a free abortion consultation here.
Questions to ask:
- Am I ready to be a parent?
- Am I willing to consider other options such as adoption?
- What would it mean for my future if I have a child now?
- Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion?
- Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
- Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or don’t want?
- What is my support system?
Should I have STD testing before proceeding with an abortion?
At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we recommend STD testing prior to abortion to prevent undiagnosed STDs from spreading farther into the reproductive system. STD testing prior to an abortion is not necessarily offered. And when it is, there is a cost. At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we offer free STD testing for two sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, at our Richardson location.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the two most common STDs in the United States. They are bacterial diseases which commonly reside in the vaginal opening. We believe it is important for pregnant women to know if they have either one of these diseases, particularly if they are considering having an abortion.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are dangerous diseases if left unchecked. If a woman is infected, during an abortion (as well as during childbirth and other procedures that involve the vaginal canal) those infected cells can travel from the vaginal opening to inside the uterus. When this occurs and is left untreated, a second condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can develop.
PID can have serious consequences, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the Fallopian tube or elsewhere outside of the womb), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain. Protect your health and well-being, and get tested today!
What does an abortion cost?
The cost for an abortion can vary based on how far along you are in your pregnancy, the procedure, the clinic, and more. If you think you are pregnant, book a free appointment online to verify your pregnancy through a pregnancy test and ultrasound. This question is complex, and figuring out how far along you are is the first step.
Are there risks to having an abortion?
With any surgery or medical procedure, there are associated risks. An abortion is a medical procedure. There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical.
A surgical procedure removes the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. It’s typically done using suction and a sharp, spoon-shaped tool (curet).
A medical abortion involves taking medication early in the pregnancy to abort the fetus.
With surgical abortions, most complications are considered minor, such as:
- Post-anesthesia complications
Other risks are considered major, namely:
- Uterine atony and subsequent hemorrhage
- Uterine perforation, injuries to adjacent organs (bladder or bowels)
- Cervical laceration
- Failed abortion
- Septic abortion
- Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
The total abortion-related complication rate, including all sources of care such as emergency departments and the original abortion facility, is estimated to be about 2%. The incidence of abortion-related emergency department visits within six weeks of the initial abortion procedure is about 4%.
Potential risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
If you still have questions, our medical team can give you complete information on the risks of these procedures.