If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you can turn to a women’s health clinic for support. You have the right to choose to abort the pregnancy, if you wish. When you visit a gynecologist to discuss having an abortion, you’ll receive counseling on what type of procedure you might have, what to expect from the procedure, and what the benefits and risks are. You may wish to write down a list of your questions and bring it along to your appointment. Here are some common questions that women considering abortions have.
Are Abortions Safe?
Many women are understandably concerned about the safety of abortions . Every medical procedure carries certain risks; however, abortions are among the safest types of medical procedures. In fact, childbirth is known to have higher rates of complications than pregnancy terminations. Your healthcare provider will assess your health, discuss your anesthesia options, and counsel you as to the potential risks.
What Are Chemical vs. Surgical Abortions?
It isn’t always necessary to have a surgical abortion. In pregnancies of less than six weeks, you may choose to have a chemical abortion. This involves taking medications to cause termination of the pregnancy, which is then expelled much like a miscarriage. Surgical abortions can be performed during the first and second trimesters. There are different techniques that may be used, such as suction dilatation and curettage (D&C), and dilatation and evacuation (D&E).
Can Abortions Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?
More than 100 of the world’s leading experts on women’s health met in 2003 to study this issue. After exhaustively reviewing the scientific evidence, they determined that having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
If you have additional questions about abortions, the gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic will be happy to assist you. Our caring gynecologists are sensitive to the needs of women and we strive to provide services that uphold our patients’ dignity and privacy. To discuss having an affordable abortion at our clinic in Washington, D.C., call (202) 659-9403 or visit us online for more information .