Are You Considering Abortion?
An unplanned pregnancy raises all kinds of questions. Who do you tell, and how do you tell them? What will your partner or parents say? Should you get an abortion and not tell anyone?
If you’ve recently discovered you’re unexpectedly pregnant and you’re considering abortion, learn as much as you can beforehand. Our medical team offers a private consultation to provide you with accurate information on abortion in North Carolina.
Types of Abortion Procedures
There are two main types of abortion, medical and surgical. How far along you are in your pregnancy (the gestational age) determines your abortion method. Although a medical abortion is less invasive than a surgical abortion, both have the potential for serious risks.
A medical abortion, such as the abortion pill method, uses drugs to terminate a pregnancy. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly regulates these drugs due to safety concerns.
Knowing the gestational age of your pregnancy is vital. The FDA approves medical abortion through 70 days of gestation only (70 days or less from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period). Learn more about the procedure, side effects, and potential risks of medical abortion.
There are various surgical abortion procedures based on your pregnancy’s level of development. These procedures usually require dilating (opening) the cervix, which leads to the uterus. The abortion provider uses suction (like a vacuum), a curette (a sharp, loop-shaped instrument), and possibly forceps to remove the pregnancy.
Not only do you experience bleeding and cramping, but a surgical abortion can also cause perforation of your uterus, damage to your cervix, scar tissue on the uterine wall, and infection.
What Are North Carolina Abortion Laws?
Abortion is legal in North Carolina up to 20 weeks and six days of pregnancy. After this time, abortion is available only if needed to save the mother’s life.
You must wait 72 hours after first speaking with an abortion provider, and North Carolina law bans telehealth appointments for people wanting to use the abortion pill method. If you are under 18, you need permission from a parent or guardian.
Want To Know More? Let’s Talk
Our staff does not provide or refer for abortions. Because we offer our services at no cost, we never profit from your decisions. Schedule a cost-free and confidential appointment to learn more about abortion and your pregnancy options. We’re here to help you. Call 980-999-5191.