What is an
Abortion?

Abortion is the medical process used to terminate a pregnancy by removing the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. At #LC4W, we understand that considering an abortion can be a complex and deeply personal decision.

We ensure you have all the information, support, and care you need to make choices that align with your life.

Our mission is rooted in compassion, empowerment, and inclusivity. We extend our services to all individuals who menstruate, regardless of their gender identity.

Understand Your Options: How Abortion Works

Abortion is a medical procedure that is safe, effective, and more common than many people realize. When considering an abortion, it is important to explore all the available options to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Medication Abortion

Medication abortion, often referred to as "the abortion pill," is a safe and effective option for ending a pregnancy. The FDA has approved its use for safely ending pregnancies that are up to 11 weeks of gestation.

Medication abortion is a common choice, accounting for about 40% of abortions in the US. This method mimics the process of an early miscarriage, providing a more natural approach for many individuals.

The medication abortion process involves taking two medications. The first, mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy hormone (progesterone), which halts the growth of the pregnancy.

Then, 24-48 hours later, the second medication, misoprostol, is taken to induce cramping and bleeding that empties the uterus. These symptoms are similar to those experienced during a heavy period.

One of the significant advantages of medication abortion is its flexibility. You can complete the entire treatment at home or in a comfortable environment of your choice under the guidance of a medical provider.

This autonomy and privacy make it a popular option for those seeking a less anxiety-inducing experience. Additionally, medication abortion can often be more affordable than surgical procedures.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is another safe and effective option for pregnancies beyond 11 weeks of gestation, depending on your state's laws. This is a procedure that is performed by a medical provider who offers this service.

For pregnancies up to 14-16 weeks, a suction mechanism may be used to remove the pregnancy gently from the body. After 16 weeks, the procedure may involve cervical dilation and additional cramping.
Importantly, surgical abortions do not involve any cutting or scraping. These procedures are performed by trained medical professionals.

Abortion Process: A Brief Guide

If you’re considering an abortion to end your pregnancy, start by talking to a medical provider about your health history. An ultrasound may be necessary in some states to determine the stage of your pregnancy.
A pregnancy calculator can help estimate the duration of your pregnancy if you have regular periods. Together with your healthcare provider, you can decide on the appropriate abortion procedure: medication or surgical.

No matter the abortion type, it is advisable to have some essential items available at home to ensure your comfort during and after the treatment. In particular, over-the-counter pain medications your healthcare provider recommends (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) can be helpful. Stock up on heavy-flow menstrual pads, comfortable clothes, and a heating pad. If possible, you might also consider preparing a few meals in advance for easy self-care.

Risks of a Medication Abortion

Medication abortion is incredibly safe. Complications may occur in fewer than 1 out of every 100 individuals who take abortion pills.

While some people may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, these are typically temporary side effects of the first medication. The second medication, misoprostol, usually causes uterine cramping, similar to a heavy period, along with expected vaginal bleeding.

Although rare, heavy bleeding may require additional treatment. Contact your healthcare provider if you pass golf-ball-sized blood clots for more than two hours or soak through two menstrual pads an hour for more than two hours.

Dispelling rumors, there is no evidence to prove that a medication abortion has any long-term effects on hormone levels. Additionally, it does not cause depression and does not impact future fertility. Extensive research supports these facts. Denying an abortion to someone who wants one can have serious negative consequences.
Allergies to abortion medications are extremely rare, occurring in only 0.008% of cases and usually resulting in mild reactions. If you experience itching or hives, contact your healthcare provider.

If you have facial swelling or difficulty breathing after taking the medications, call 911 for emergency care.

After Your Abortion

What to Expect

Following your abortion, it is common to experience some uterine cramping and vaginal bleeding. With a medication abortion, the bleeding may be slightly stronger and heavier as the uterus empties.
Vaginal bleeding is a normal part of the process, but if you experience excessive bleeding, please contact your healthcare provider.

You can resume your normal activities, including work and exercise, whenever you feel ready. Some people may need a few days of rest at home, while others may be able to resume their routine immediately.

How to Take Care of Yourself

If you feel ready, you can engage in sexual activity after your abortion. However, some providers may advise waiting for vaginal bleeding to subside to reduce the risk of infection. Ultimately, listen to your own comfort and make decisions that feel right for you.

You can get pregnant again after your abortion, as the procedure does not impact your fertility. If you wish to avoid pregnancy, it is important to start using contraception right away.

Follow up with your healthcare provider to ensure the success of your treatment. This may involve using secure chat or connecting with your provider by phone or in person.

It is not uncommon to experience a range of emotions after an abortion, even if you are confident in your decision. Whether it's relief, guilt, or sadness, remember that all your feelings are valid. Pregnancy and abortion are significant life events, so be patient with yourself as you process your experiences.

At #LCFW, we provide post-abortion mental health care to help you deal with the range of emotions that may occur.

Demystifying Myths about Abortion & Future Fertility

It is crucial to address common misconceptions surrounding abortion. Both medication abortion and surgical abortion procedures do not cause harm to future pregnancies or decrease your chances of conceiving in the future.

Contrary to rumors, abortion does not increase the risk of cancer. Both procedures are statistically safer than childbirth or having one's wisdom teeth removed. The medicines used for medication abortions are safer than everyday antibiotics like penicillin or over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol.

Importance of Abortion Care

At #LC4W, we firmly believe that access to abortion care is an essential part of reproductive healthcare, and we believe in the importance of destigmatizing this complex choice.

While historical norms and social pressures have contributed to the current stigma surrounding abortion, we are committed to creating a world where everyone can access safe abortion care without judgment or shame.

There are countless valid reasons why someone may choose to have an abortion. Health concerns, personal timing, or simply not feeling ready to become a parent are just a few examples. Your reasons are unique to you, and we honor and respect that.

We focus on providing the support, resources, and care you need to navigate this decision confidently and without judgment.

Our Commitment: Empowerment, Compassion, and Advocacy

We are guided by empowerment, compassion, and advocacy principles. We understand that opting to have an abortion can be a deeply personal and complex decision. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a supportive and judgment-free environment where you can feel seen, heard, and respected.

Your journey is unique and deserves compassionate care. We stand by your side, supporting your choices and providing the required resources, information, and emotional support. You are not alone –we are here for you every step of the way.

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