Unplanned Pregnancy

There are no easy choices when you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  You may feel incredibly overwhelmed.  Every woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy has the same 3 options:

  • Option To Parent

  • Option to Abort

  • Option to Choose an Adoption Plan

It is important to understand and consider all the options before you decide.

Parenting – Everyone knows parenting is both difficult and rewarding.  The crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, and of unexpectedly becoming a parent, is generally self-healing within a very short period of time.

Adoption – If you decide you are not able to provide the kind of life you want for your baby, or if it is just not the right time in your life to be a parent, you can still provide for your baby, but in a different way – the way of adoption.  Adoption is a complex, emotional decision that empowers you to give your baby the kind of life you want him or her to have, but are unable to provide yourself.  You can choose a family who can provide those things for your baby.

Abortion – Choosing to terminate your pregnancy also means you are choosing an abortion experience for yourself.  A pregnancy can be aborted by taking pills or a surgical procedure.

Abortion Pill – also known as Mifeprex, Mifepristone, or RU-486.  As of new FDA labelling dated in 3/2016, Mifeprex can be used up to 70 days of gestation.  Mifeprex works by cutting off the supply of blood and nutrients to the developing embryo.  After you take Mifeprex on day #1, you will need to take another medicine called Misoprostol 24 to 48 hours after you take Mifeprex, to cause the pregnancy to be passed from your uterus.  When the pregnancy is passed from the uterus, you will have bleeding and cramping that will likely be heavier than your usual period.  About 2 to 7 out of 100 women taking Mifeprex and Misoprostol will need a surgical procedure because the pregnancy did not completely pass from the uterus, or the bleeding will not stop without a surgical procedure.

First Trimester Surgical Abortion – performed 6 to 14 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).  This surgery starts with a speculum inserted into the vagina.  Then the cervix, opening to the uterus or womb, is dilated open with instruments.  Next, everything inside the uterus is suctioned out with either a syringe or a suction machine.  If needed, a curette instrument is inserted into the uterus to scrape along the uterine walls to ensure all pregnancy tissue is removed.

Second Trimester Surgical Abortion – performed 14 to 24 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). Due to the size of the pregnancy, this surgical procedure is usually a two day process.  Day #1 involves insertion of sponge-like laminaria that force the cervix open by absorbing moisture and expanding.  On day #2, the laminaria are removed.  If the fetus is too large to pass through an inserted suction tube, forceps may be used to remove the fetus in smaller pieces before suctioning occurs.  The curette instrument may then be used to scrape the uterine walls to ensure no fetal parts of tissue are left behind.