Each year in the United States, millions of women find themselves facing the complex dilemma of unintended pregnancy. For women who decide not to have a baby, abortion is a safe way to end an early, first-trimester pregnancy. The compassionate team of board-certified gynecologists at GYN Choices provides supportive, personalized care for women who are considering either a surgical or medical abortion in East Brunswick, NJ. To learn more or to make an appointment, call the office today.
Abortion Q & A
Why do women opt to have an abortion?
Finding out you’re pregnant when you aren’t planning to become a parent leaves you with three basic options: You can choose to have the baby, let another family adopt the baby, or terminate your pregnancy before you reach your second trimester.
Many women choose to terminate their pregnancy for one reason or another; in fact, approximately 30% of women in the United States have had an abortion by the time they’re 45 years old.
Reasons you may be contemplating having an abortion may include:
- Not feeling ready to be a parent yet, or not wanting to become a parent at all
- Not being in a relationship with someone you want to have a family with
- A desire to finish school, focus on your career, or achieve other goals first
- A desire to be the best possible parent to the children you already have
- Being in an abusive relationship, or a pregnancy that’s the result of a sexual assault
- Having a health condition that makes pregnancy dangerous
Although every woman has her reasons for opting to terminate a pregnancy, it’s important to remember that the decision to have an abortion is personal, and you’re the only one who can make it.
How confidential is an Abortion?
At GYN Choices of Jersey, we will not inform your partner, your parents, or anyone else about your abortion. Even if you are married or under 16, we will not disclose your information to anyone. Our clinic is the only place any personal information about your abortion will be kept, but we keep this completely confidential.
Who is not eligible for an Abortion?
At GYN Choices of Central Jersey, we don’t perform abortions for patients whose pregnancies have advanced past the 13-week mark.
As for health conditions, most can be worked around in most cases. Often these issues can help the woman know which method she needs to have, medical or surgical.
You cannot have a medical abortion if you:
- Are more than 63 days pregnant.
- Have an increased risk for bleeding because you are taking blood-thinning medication or have a bleeding disorder.
- Have an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy or a problem with your liver or kidneys.
- Have certain other serious health problems.
There aren’t any health conditions that would prevent a woman from being able to have a surgical abortion at GYN Choices.
Does Abortion increase the risk of developing Breast Cancer?
This is a whopper of misinformation floating around out there on the good ‘ole internet. Since 2003, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have agreed that there is no scientific evidence to support a link between abortion and breast cancer. These associations periodically reaffirm their conclusions, most recently in late 2019, that there is still no link between abortion and breast cancer.
Don’t let misinformation cloud the truth.
How do I prepare for an Abortion?
Preparation for an abortion begins with education. Educate yourself on the options, medical or surgical abortion, and what is involved with each. Learn about the procedure and what you can expect afterwards.
Plan your day. If you’re coming to GYN Choices of Jersey for a medical abortion, you will see us twice, two days apart. You will be able to go home right after taking the abortion pill, but you will begin bleeding a few hours after taking the second pill, so make sure you’re not traveling too far from home.
If you’re having a surgical abortion, arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home after the procedure. You’ll feel drowsy from the sedative or anesthetic and cannot drive or take public transportation.
You’ll pack a bag with any medical notes and any medications you are taking. Bring a heavy flow sanitary pad and an extra pair of underwear. If you’re having a surgical abortion, you’ll likely have to remove contact lenses or eyeglasses. Bring entertainment to distract you on the way, and while you’re waiting to be discharged after a surgical termination.
Plan for your recovery. It’s not long, but you’ll want at least a day or two off work after your procedure. This is especially true with a surgical abortion. Even with a medical abortion, you’re not sure how you will feel, so it’s a good idea to clear the calendar of any engagements for a few days. Also, prepare a nice recovery nest for the day after. Fill it will comfy blankets and pillows and lots of entertainment choices.
What is a medical abortion?
Also known as non-surgical abortion, GYN Choices can provide patients with medical abortion in East Brunswick, NJ. This type of abortion uses the medications mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate a pregnancy that’s still within the first ten weeks of the first trimester, as determined by ultrasound.
These FDA-approved medicines -- collectively referred to as the “abortion pill” -- are safe and effective for ending a pregnancy in the comfort of your own home, either with a support person or by yourself.
Because a medical abortion is less effective after the first seven weeks of pregnancy, women who are 10-12 weeks pregnant, as determined by ultrasound, are typically advised to have a surgical abortion.
Recently, The FDA approved the "abortion pill" through telemedicine visits for those that qualify. Please call our office to see if you qualify.
What is a surgical abortion?
Also known as an in-clinic abortion, this safe and quick surgical procedure involves dilating your cervix and using gentle suction to remove a pregnancy from your uterus. It typically takes between 3-5 minutes.
A surgical abortion can be used to terminate a pregnancy that’s between 5-12 weeks gestation, as determined by an ultrasound.
What are the risks associated with these Abortion Procedures?
The risks associated with medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure did not work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
The risks with a surgical abortion include:
- Bleeding, including blood clots
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling faint
How do I know which procedure is right for me?
Once you’ve decided to terminate a pregnancy, deciding which type of abortion is best for you depends on your situation.
If you’re still in the early stages of the first trimester, a medical abortion allows you to experience the process in the comfort of your own home. Even at this early stage, you may still opt for a surgical abortion if you’d rather go through the procedure with doctors and support staff by your side.
If you’re already 10-12 weeks pregnant, a surgical abortion is the safest and the most effective option.
The medical team at GYN Choices of Central Jersey will guide you through each process, answer any questions, and address any concerns you may have. Call the East Brunswick office today to find out more.
What happens after an abortion?
At GYN Choices of Jersey, we’ll provide you with a list of after-care instructions along with our contact information if you need to call with questions.
We advise patients to plan on resting after their abortion. Most people can return to work, school, and most other typical activities the next day, but you should avoid strenuous exercise or physical labor for a few days.
It’s common to have bleeding for about one week (or several weeks after the abortion pill). You can use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup. We usually recommend pads, just so you can keep track of the amount of bleeding. Cramping is also not unusual.
You can have sex as soon as you feel ready.
Different women have different emotions after having an abortion. Most people feel relieved without regrets. Others can feel sadness, guilt, or regret. Feelings can run the gamut, but they also do that after giving birth.
Will having a Abortion effect future pregnancies?
A safe legal abortion at GYN Care of Jersey does not affect a woman’s ability to have children in the future. There is misinformation all around, so let’s dispel a couple things you may have heard about abortion and fertility.
Abortion does NOT:
- make miscarriage more likely
- make ectopic or tubal pregnancy more likely
- increase the risk of birth defects, premature birth, or low birth weight in future pregnancies
Want an interesting fact? Having an abortion is about twice as safe as having your tonsils removed, and it is far safer than giving birth.
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