If you’re dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, you’re not alone; millions of women in the United States find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy every year. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 30% of all American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. The caring team of physicians and women’s health specialists at Michigan Avenue Center for Health, located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, offer a supportive environment for women who are considering abortion. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, Call or request an appointment online today.
Pregnancy Termination Q & A
Why Do Women Choose To Have An Abortion?
An unplanned pregnancy presents you with three options: You can choose to have your baby, give the baby up for adoption, or terminate your pregnancy. Faced with this decision, approximately 40% of women choose to terminate an unplanned pregnancy with either a medical or surgical abortion.
In most cases, the choice to have an abortion is complicated. The team at Michigan Avenue Center for Health strives to provide the information and emotional support you need to help you make the decision that’s best for your own health and well-being.
You may consider terminating a pregnancy if you:
Aren’t ready to be a parent or don’t want to become a parent
Aren’t in a relationship with someone you want to have a family with
Want to finish school or focus on other goals before starting a family
Want to focus your energy and resources on the children you already have
Are in an abusive relationship, or your pregnancy is a result of an assault
Shouldn’t be pregnant for health reasons
What Are My Abortion Options?
Michigan Avenue Center for Health provides two types of abortion:
Medical Abortion: Also known as non-surgical abortion, this method uses medication (sometimes called the morning-after pill) to terminate a pregnancy that’s within the first ten weeks of the first trimester, as determined by an ultrasound.
Surgical Abortion: Also known as an in-clinic abortion, this safe and effective medical procedure terminates pregnancy by dilating your cervix and using gentle suction to empty your uterus. It can be used to terminate a pregnancy that’s between five and 17.5 weeks gestation, as determined by an ultrasound.
How Soon Do I Have To Make A Decision?
Most importantly, it’s essential that you take the time you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
Before you decide whether to have an abortion, you want to consider carefully your personal beliefs, relationships, family, life goals, and health. As you weigh your options, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a doctor so you can get the medical care you need to stay healthy.
Ultimately, if you decide to end your pregnancy, you should do so as early as you can; it isn’t possible to have an abortion past 17.5 weeks of gestation, as determined by an ultrasound.
The team at Michigan Avenue Center for Health is always available to provide expert medical care and support, no matter what decision you reach.