Any pregnancy comes with a flood of emotions. When that pregnancy is unexpected, those emotions aren’t always positive. If you’ve just found out you’re pregnant, and you don’t think you’re ready to raise a child, it’s important to remember that you have options.
Legally, one of those options is abortion. But before making any decision, it’s important to understand the potential risks and consequences that come with your choice. Abortion doesn’t simply reverse your pregnancy. It terminates a life inside of you. This action can also result in a number of side effects.
The specific risks can vary depending on the method of abortion that is used. There are essentially two types of abortions: chemical and surgical. Chemical abortions typically involve taking a pill, medication, or an injection. Surgical abortions involve widening the cervix and using medical instruments to physically remove the developing fetus.
While abortions are often portrayed as completely safe and harmless, both surgical and medical methods come with a number of risks. The later you have an abortion, the greater risk there is.
Physical Risks of Abortion
Heavy bleed and infection can happen from any type of abortion. They can also result in on-going sickness and unpleasant smells. Surgical abortions may cause cervical tearing/lacerations, perforation of the uterus, damage to internal organs, and more.
Chemical abortions, while generally viewed as less intensive, can cause allergic reactions, fevers, and more. Additionally, there is a chance that the procedure won’t be successful. This means a surgical abortion will still need to be performed. At this point, the risks are typically greater.
Emotional Effects of Abortion
By itself, pregnancy can greatly affect the chemistry of your body. Abortion often causes further imbalance, resulting in severe emotional reactions and lingering trauma. Even women who initially felt confident in choosing abortion find themselves dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even suicidal thoughts.
For some women, these emotions will eventually pass. Others carry them for the rest of their lives.
What Are My Options?
As we said before, abortion is a legal right of women. However, it is not your only option. In addition to having and raising the child yourself, you can choose to create an adoption plan for your child. This is the process of selecting a loving family that will provide a stable future for your unborn baby.
Wherever you’re at in the decision process. Choosing Hope Adoptions is here for you. As an ethical adoption agency in Ohio, we provide support and resources for pregnant women in need. Should you choose to create an adoption plan, we’ll walk side by side with you as we find a home for your child. We’re also here to provide ongoing support after your child is born.
Contact us today.