Three Things You Should Know About Abortion in New York City

Three Things You Should Know About Abortion in New York City

When you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be weighing all of the options regarding your future. If you are looking for an abortion, there are some facts you will want to know. Read on to learn more about abortion in New York City.

Pregnancy Options

Are There Side Effects?

Most abortion providers will give patients a document detailing the physical symptoms and side effects they might experience after having an abortion. However, a physician might not discuss the emotional side effects this decision can have. Though serious medical complications are not common, some women report unresolved feelings of guilt, regret, or anxiety during the weeks and months following their abortion, while others have suffered longer-lasting bouts of depression.

What Are the Types of Abortion?

There are generally two types of abortion: surgical and non-surgical. Non-surgical abortion is performed up to 10 weeks and is commonly referred to as the Abortion Pill (RU-486). Surgical abortion may be performed up to 24 weeks in the state of New York, and is an in-patient procedure (may require multiple visits).

Having a surgical abortion performed without first being tested for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections (STIs) can potentially lead to complications. If bacteria from an STD or STI infiltrates your uterus through your cervix during an abortion procedure, it could lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Because of this, having an STD/STI screening before seeking a surgical abortion could be beneficial to protecting your reproductive health.

Confirm Your Pregnancy

The vast majority of abortions are performed before the twelfth week of pregnancy. However, the miscarriage rate during the first trimester is surprisingly high. The chance of miscarriage averages about 15-20 percent of all pregnancies. Having an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy may help you make an informed decision about abortion.

Every month, thousands of NYC women face an unexpected pregnancy. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, Avail NYC is here to provide a safe and positive environment for you to make a confident decision for your future. Our compassionate environment offers holistic care and practical assistance, including free self-administered pregnancy tests, referrals for free ultrasounds at a third-party medical provider, and connection to outside resources that can help you face your future with ease when you make an appointment.

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Unplanned Pregnancy Options

Unplanned Pregnancy Options

Unplanned pregnancies are never easy, but they are unfortunately common in the United States. In fact, an estimated 45%, or 2.8 million, pregnancies each year are unintended.

Despite the frequency with which unplanned pregnancies occur, handling the aftermath can be a challenge. While some women know exactly what they want to do from the moment the second line appears on the stick, others need a little help considering their options. When you need a safe, confidential resource to help you make a healthy decision, Avail NYC is always here for you.

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Unplanned Pregnancy Options

When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three choices to consider: motherhood, adoption, or abortion.

Motherhood

Motherhood is a rewarding experience for millions of women across the country, and the most common choice following an unintended pregnancy. Parenting a child isn’t easy, even when you’re ready to start a family, but Avail NYC can offer the assistance you need, connecting you with access to local resources that can help with both emotional and financial support.

Adoption

For women who do not want to terminate but are not fully prepared to embrace parenthood, adoption can be the best of both worlds. In this scenario, an adoption agency will coordinate and adoption plan to help place your child with a qualified family. There are two main kinds of adoptions: closed adoptions and open adoptions. In a closed adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents do not share identifying information or have contact with each other. In an open adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents share information freely, communicate with each other, and may schedule periodic visits between the adoptive family and birth mother. Approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year.

Abortion

Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy, induced by medicine or a surgical procedure. In New York state, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some women choose abortion if they feel they are unsupported by family and friends, or fear it is an inopportune time to carry a child. Understandably, abortion is a big decision and may cause mixed feelings for many women. If you are experiencing unresolved emotions following a past abortion, an Avail client advocate or support group can help you process and plan for the future.

Compassionate, Customized Assistance

Making the right choice for your future and your body is a deeply personal process. Choosing to have a child, start an adoption plan, or terminate a pregnancy each come with pros and cons, and only you can ultimately decide the best path forward. If you’d like help in the decision-making process or simply want to talk to someone during this difficult time, Avail NYC can provide support and guidance. Our highly trained client advocates can discuss all of your options with you in a comfortable environment, providing advice, education, and connections to other area resources if necessary. When you schedule an appointment, you will be met with nothing but kindness and compassion as our team works with you to ensure you arrive at the best possible conclusion.

Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy can leave you confused, frustrated, anxious, or scared, but Avail NYC is here for you. Please contact us today to learn more about what our team can do, from lab-quality pregnancy tests to classes and workshops to help you succeed as a parent.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider. 

8 Questions To Ask Yourself When Facing An Unexpected Pregnancy

8 Questions To Ask Yourself When Facing An Unexpected Pregnancy

If you’ve found yourself facing an unexpected pregnancy, your mind may be swimming with thoughts and questions, leaving you overwhelmed with options when choosing a path forward. Read on to consider eight questions that can help you clarify your thoughts, and feel confident you’re making the best possible decision.

#1: What Kind of Support System Do I Have?

Even the most independent new mother needs a strong support system. This doesn’t need to be family, but can include friends, coworkers, and other loved ones who are willing to bring you meals, sit with the baby while you take a shower, and help calm your nerves when you’re facing yet another night of broken sleep. A strong support system can mean all the difference between an enjoyable or more challenging season, during pregnancy and beyond.

#2: Does The Father Want To Be Involved?

The very nature of unexpected pregnancies means that they don’t discriminate between short and long-term relationships. Because of this, the involvement (or lack thereof) of the baby’s father can be a deciding factor in the choice to parent on your own or pursue an adoption plan. If you’re not confident in your partner’s commitment level, or if you are certain you don’t want to share co-parenting responsibilities, consider talking to a client advocate at Avail NYC.

#3: Will I Be Able to Finish School?

While it’s certainly possible to finish school while pregnant or after giving birth, it does present a challenge, and it’s important to realistically evaluate your chances of successfully juggling both commitments. This is another situation that will require you to lean on your support system of close family and friends. Research what tools and resources are available if you choose to complete high school, college, or graduate school while parenting, such as whether your school offers daycare or if there are any local resources like Avail NYC that can connect you with low-cost child care options.

#4: Can I Financially Support A Child On My Own?

Diapers, formula, and other necessities for infants can be pricey, but the costs don’t end there—once your child is born, you’ll find yourself facing 18 years or more of increased clothing, food, utility, and housing costs. Those who are struggling just to support themselves may find the added costs of a child burdensome, but there are plenty of programs and organizations that are willing to help parents shoulder the financial responsibility.

#5: Will My Job Provide The Flexibility I Need?

Some jobs and industries are more family-friendly than others. Regardless, you’ll want to consider all viable childcare options, along with your employer’s policies, otherwise tight work schedules may pose some serious challenges. These are tough situations, but many employers are legally required to accommodate working parents, so it’s important to have a discussion with your boss or human resources department to fully understand your options.

#6: Is Child Support Available?

Even if your child’s father chooses not to be involved, he may be legally ordered to pay child support after birth. This can help defray many of the costs of raising a child, but does require you to be at least somewhat financially dependent on someone with whom you no longer have a relationship.

#7: How Is My Health?

While pregnancy cravings for ice cream, pickles, and a variety of other less-healthy foods abound, pregnancy can be hard for those battling chronic conditions or other health concerns. It’s important to evaluate all risk factors with a licensed medical professional, such as an obstetrician, so that you’ll remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.

#8: Do I Have Other Children To Consider?

Not all unplanned pregnancies are first pregnancies, and considering the current demands of other children can help you navigate the various alternatives to parenting.

If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and aren’t sure where to turn, Avail NYC and their team of compassionate client advocates are there to help support you. Call today to make an appointment or learn more about their free, confidential services.

Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.