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When You’re Considering Going to an Abortion Clinic

Abortion is a final decision that only you can make. For some women, it is the option that fits best with their lives. Here are some of the considerations you should make when planning to visit an abortion clinic. Read ON!
You’ve gotten an unexpected and perhaps unwanted surprise. You’re pregnant. You know you have three options: raising the baby, placing the baby with a family through adoption, or having an abortion. In your mind, you aren’t equipped either physically or psychologically to carry through with the pregnancy. You have the right to make this choice, and you’re considering going to an abortion clinic.

6 Considerations When You’re Planning a Visit to an Abortion Clinic

Early timing is key

If you immediately know that you want an abortion, timing is key! Abortions can normally only be performed legally in the earlies weeks of pregnancy. Contact your local clinic right away and schedule an exam. If you wait too long, this will no longer be an option.

Plan a Pre-abortion Visit
Before your actual abortion, you should plan to have a consultation at your clinic. The women’s care team will examine you to confirm the pregnancy, determine that you are not too far along for an abortion, and also run any pre-abortion testing such as bloodwork or imaging.
Abortion Is An Important Decision These measures are to ensure your well-being and safety. Remember that abortion is a surgical procedure, and the staff will treat it as such.

Accept Pre-abortion Counseling
During the pre-abortion appointment, a reputable clinic will also ask you questions to make sure that you are psychologically ready for an abortion. It’s not uncommon for women to feel bad about the decision, even though they know it’s the path that they must choose.

The intent of this line of questioning is not to dissuade you or to pass judgment. It’s to ensure your mental well-being after the abortion.

Prepare a List of Questions for the Doctor
You will probably have a lot of questions for the clinic. That’s normal for any surgical procedure. Make a list of these questions and ask them at your first appointment. The doctors at the clinic won’t mind. In fact, they welcome them as they indicate a truly informed patient.

Some questions you may want to ask might include the following:

  • How long will the abortion take to perform?
  • What’s the recovery time?
  • Will the procedure be uncomfortable or painful?
  • When can you return to school or work?
  • What kind of post-procedure care is involved?
  • Can you drive home after the procedure or do you need a ride?
Your Health History
There might be some medical concerns that the clinic should know before you have an abortion. Two of the common questions that the doctors might have for you are:

  • Medication allergies: Do you have medication allergies that they should be aware of? For example, you might be prescribed medication to prevent infection after the procedure. Make sure the doctor knows, for instance, if you’re allergic to penicillin products to prevent an allergic reaction.
  • History of STDs: Sexually transmitted diseases can cause complications with abortions. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t undergo the process, it just means that the doctor might need to treat your case differently.
Go to your exam prepared to answer questions openly and honestly to ensure a safer abortion. In some cases, you and the doctor might decide that an abortion is not a safe option for your health.

Post-abortion Care
Abortion Is An Important Decision Finally, you’ll need to consider your post-abortion care. You might want to plan to have a friend or family member stay with you later that day in case of any complications. You’ll need to plan for rest for a day or two. Plus, you might want to talk with your doctor about birth control or the abortion pill to prevent further unplanned pregnancies.

Discuss all of this in advance with your clinic so you can have this after-care plan in place.


The decision to have an abortion is not an easy one to make for any woman. Each woman understands the finality of an abortion, and even might feel mixed emotions. However, she may also feel that it’s the only solution to a complicated situation that she’s landed in. That doesn’t make the choice easy. But, it is a choice that only she can make. 
This article has been submitted by the Marketing Manger for Mid Cities Pregnancy Center in central Texas.

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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 12th November 2018.

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