Can I Get a Safe Abortion?

Can I Get a Safe Abortion?

Can I get a safe abortion? It’s one of the first questions that comes to mind when facing an unexpected pregnancy and considering all your options. In a situation that lends itself easily to scary scenarios, it’s important to make a decision you feel confident about.

At Avail NYC, we believe in empowering you with fact-based, accurate information, allowing you to make the best possible choice based on your needs and values.

Safety Has Improved

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved protocol for medication abortion was updated in 2016, based on extensive research showing improved outcomes with a revised regimen,” says the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in their 2018 study on “The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S.”

“Techniques used in aspiration procedures are also safer and more effective than in the past. Sharp metal curettes, once commonly used, are considered obsolete by many professional groups, and their use is no longer recommended for abortion because of the increased (albeit rare) risk of injury. New approaches to cervical preparation and the use of ultrasound guidance have also improved abortion safety.” talked about the same study, adding, “I would say the main takeaway is that abortions that are provided in the United States are safe and effective,” says Ned Calonge, the co-chair of the committee that wrote the study. He is an associate professor of family medicine and epidemiology at the University of Colorado and CEO of The Colorado Trust.

Calonge added, “The researchers found that about 90 percent of all abortions happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. And complications for all abortions are rare.”

The study also noted that while there are fewer clinics now than there were in 2011, “The vast majority of abortions can be provided safely in office-based settings. For an outpatient procedure, including abortion, the important safeguards are whether the facility has the appropriate equipment, personnel, and an emergency transfer plan to address complications that might occur.”

Discuss Your Options

Before making an appointment for an abortion, come to Avail NYC. We will provide you with a free, self-administered pregnancy test so you can confirm your pregnancy.

If it comes back positive, we can refer for a free ultrasound through a third-party women’s medical facility to determine that the pregnancy is viable (not ectopic) and tell you how far along your pregnancy is.

Our client advocates are here to support you and walk you through your decision-making process, all in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Contact us today and we will help you look at all your options so you know you are making the best decision for you.

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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.

Abortion Recovery

Abortion Recovery

Abortion recovery isn’t something that is always openly talked about. Still, the need for information is real. How long does it take to recover physically? What about the emotional recovery? What is that like?

Sorting through all the available information can be a challenge, especially if you have recently found out you are pregnant and are trying to decide which path is best for you. If you are considering abortion as an option, it’s best to be prepared for what you will go through from beginning to end, and afterward.

Physical Recovery

While recovering in the first few days, experts advise drinking a lot of fluids, resting, taking vitamins and prescribed antibiotics, eating healthily, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding aerobic exercise for two weeks. Also, don’t lift anything over 15 pounds, and don’t have sex or use tampons or anything else vaginally for two to four weeks.

One of the most obvious effects following an abortion is bleeding, which lasts for one to two weeks, often includes blood clots, and can include cramping or bloating. If bleeding soaks two or more sanitary pads per hour, contact your doctor immediately.

After an abortion, your body will be working to get back to normal, and that happens faster than you might expect. Ovulation is likely to happen within two to three weeks following the abortion procedure. This means you may want to revisit your contraceptive options.

You should expect your first menstrual cycle to take place in four to eight weeks after an abortion procedure and it’s possible for it to be somewhat abnormal initially.

Emotional Recovery

Emotional recovery from an abortion looks different for everyone. Some women will feel relief, while others report feeling regret or experiencing depression.

These mixed emotions are common, and you are not alone. The medical professionals at Mt. Sinai in New York say, “It is normal to feel sad or depressed after this procedure. Seek help from your health care provider or a counselor if these feelings do not go away. A family member or friend can also provide comfort.”

It’s not uncommon for women to say that the procedure affected them more than they expected. Those who have been coerced, forced, or persuaded to get an abortion may struggle more than those who freely make their decision. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Ask For Help Before Deciding on Abortion

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, it’s important to find a trusted person to walk alongside you, answer your questions, and listen as you evaluate your options based on your individual circumstances.

At Avail NYC, our client advocates will help you whether you are still deciding your path, or need emotional support after having an abortion. We are here to provide the services, space, and support you need. Contact Avail NYC or make an appointment.

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.

Abortion Information

Abortion Information

When you’re faced with an unexpected pregnancy, it can be overwhelming. Even scary. What should you do? How can you face this? There are some decisions ahead of you, and it can be hard to know which one is right for you.

One of your choices is an abortion. Abortion information can be found all over the web, but there is a lot of misinformation out there, so how do you know what is true and what isn’t? Here at Avail NYC, we strive to provide honest and accurate information so you can make the best decision for you.

There are a few types of abortion, and the right one for you depends solely on how far along you are in your pregnancy. The timeframe allowing for abortion can change from state to state. For instance, Wisconsin allows them to take place up until 20 weeks, while other states such as New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Nevada allow abortions up to 24 weeks.

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, used until a pregnancy is 10 weeks along, is actually a combination of two pills, taken separately. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks progesterone in your body. Two days later you will take the second pill, prostaglandin. You will make a final visit to the clinic to make sure the abortion was completed.

Surgical Abortion Procedures

Aside from the abortion pill, there are different surgical abortion procedures, which also depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Aspiration can be done within seven weeks. Suction curettage is most commonly done between six and 14 weeks. A variation of this procedure, dilation and curettage, is also done between six and 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Dilation and evacuation can be done from 13 to 24 weeks and late-term abortion, from 20 weeks up to 24 weeks, takes three to four days to complete, using a few different drugs for different stages of the process, and ends in a surgical procedure.

Before You Decide

Before you make any decisions, call or make an appointment at Avail NYC. Our client services team offers unbiased information in a caring, non-judgmental environment.

Come in for a free, self-administered pregnancy test. If it comes back positive, Avail offers referrals to a women’s medical facility for free ultrasound exams to qualifying clients. This will confirm the pregnancy is viable, not dangerously ectopic, and tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy.

At Avail NYC, our caring advocates work hard to make sure you have all the information you need, the space to ask questions, and provide an environment where you are empowered. We want you to be confident in the decisions you make.

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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.

Confidential Abortion Information

Confidential Abortion Information

Although many pregnancies in the U.S. are unexpected, each unplanned pregnancy can still carry a social stigma for the women going through it—especially those who are still in school, who are no longer in a relationship with the father of the child, or who are dealing with an unstable employment or housing situation. In these cases, it’s more important than ever to think through your options in a space that’s free from pressure and judgment.

Read on to learn more about the decisions that await every woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how you can receive support for these decisions in a caring, confidential, and compassionate environment.

Your Pregnancy Options and Decision-Making Process

In some cases, pregnancies end in miscarriage, which means that making plans before you even know whether your pregnancy is viable could be putting the cart before the horse.

If you take a pregnancy test, followed by an ultrasound to determine that your pregnancy is viable and everything seems to be in order, it becomes time to consider some of your other options. These may include parenting, adoption, or abortion. There are many aspects to each of these decisions, and it can be helpful to talk them out with someone you trust, who won’t judge you for your thoughts, feelings, or opinions.

Because abortion is strictly regulated in all 50 states and is generally unavailable after a certain gestation period (usually 12-24 weeks), it may not always be an option. It’s important for you to know what resources could be available before making any decision. Whatever you decide will be a lifetime commitment, so you should put everything on the table in order to make the most confident decision.

How to Find Support When Making Your Decision

Family members and friends can often be a good source of emotional support. But in some cases, this “support” may feel more like pressure to make a certain decision—and fear of the social consequences if you make a different choice. By talking through your options with a neutral third party, like the compassionate client advocates available at Avail NYC, you’ll be able to have all your questions answered before you make a decision.

Avail provides completely confidential abortion information along with more information and support for all the available options. If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and aren’t sure about your next steps, schedule a decision-making or pregnancy test appointment today.

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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.

Is Abortion an Option? What You Need to Know

Is Abortion an Option? What You Need to Know

Many birth control methods bill themselves as “99.9 percent effective,” which can sound like foolproof protection against pregnancy. What these statistics don’t reveal is that their success rate is calculated under ideal circumstances—and that 0.01 percent failure rate means that even with perfect use, one in 100 women using that method will become pregnant every year. If you’re that one woman in 100 (or even 1 in 1,000), these failure and success statistics will quickly grow meaningless upon the reality you’re facing.

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be a scary prospect, especially if you don’t have a strong family network and aren’t sure you can count on your friends for support. Read on for some guidance on what you’ll need to do when facing an unexpected pregnancy in New York City.

Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?

Before you begin to panic at the sight of a faint line on a home pregnancy test, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade test to ensure you’re not just worrying yourself over nothing. Home pregnancy tests may claim a certain accuracy threshold, but factors like how much water you’ve had to drink, what time you’re taking the test, what stage you are in your menstrual cycle, and what other medications (like antibiotics or supplements) you’re taking can all impact the accuracy of a home pregnancy test.

A medical-grade pregnancy test can confirm the presence of the hormone hCG, giving you the information you need to proceed in the decision-making process.

Is Your Pregnancy Viable?

While confirming your pregnancy is an important first step to take before making any decisions, you’ll next want to confirm viability before going forward. Between 15 and 25 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is defined as the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks (or about the five-month mark).

Having a prenatal ultrasound can ensure your pregnancy is viable and “date” the fetus so that you know exactly how far along you are. Having a firm due date can give you more information to make the rest of the decisions you’re facing.

Are You Confident in Your Decision-Making Process?

Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are magnified when the pregnancy is unplanned and you’re unsure of the options you have. If you don’t have a strong network of friends or non-judgmental family members to talk you through your options, it can be tough to make a decision you feel confident about.

If you just need someone to talk to, Avail NYC is here to provide unbiased information so you can make the best decision for YOU. We offer free self-administered pregnancy tests, referral ultrasounds, and many other resources. Ask us about our decision-making process and talk to a client advocate today.

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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.