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.

Free Ultrasound in NYC

Free Ultrasound in NYC

After getting a positive result on a pregnancy test, especially when it’s an unexpected pregnancy, you may have a hard time at first trying to move through the shock and fear to figure out what comes next.

One of your first steps should be an ultrasound. There are several reasons for this to be an important next step for you. First, an ultrasound can confirm the viability of the pregnancy and also tell you how far along you are. The benefit of knowing this information is that you can begin to make decisions confidently with accurate information.

Come For Free Services

When you come in for an appointment at Avail NYC, our caring client advocates are ready to offer confidential support.

We will offer you a free, self-administered pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. The self-administered test takes only a few minutes to give results. If your pregnancy is confirmed, we will offer you a free ultrasound exam by referral to a women’s medical clinic which operates a satellite office at Avail NYC.

Ultrasound exams will further confirm pregnancy, determine if it is viable or if it is an ectopic pregnancy (which can be dangerous and may require medical treatment), and will also tell you how far along you are into the pregnancy.

An ultrasound exam uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images inside your body and is generally performed at seven to eight weeks of pregnancy. An ultrasound exam can be a useful tool for you in your decision-making process, and results are often available the same day.

Be Informed, Empowered

Our client advocates are here to help you through not only the testing phase, but afterward, to process what you have learned. If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, you are not alone. We understand how important it is to have emotional support while facing the unknown.

Our advocates will not only help you understand the choices you have–abortion, parenting, and adoption–they will be available to support you in your decision.

Your advocate will offer and guide you through a decision-making tool that will help you to decide the right option for you, in an unbiased manner, without any pressure. Our goal is to give you all the information you need in a clear and kind manner.

We will address any concerns you may have, and can even help you tell your family and partner. Our advocates are here to support YOU.

If you are pregnant (or think you are pregnant), contact us today to talk to an advocate.

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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.

Can I Be a Student While Pregnant?

Can I Be a Student While Pregnant?

You’ve taken the pregnancy test and the result isn’t what you’d hoped for. In an instant, everything has changed and you might not know the next steps to take.

As you work your way through the shock, you’ll find out that you have some time to ask questions, to get answers, and to sort through what it all means to you as you make some important decisions.

If you’re in high school or college, you might be wondering if you can still be a student while pregnant. The short answer is yes. The long answer is still yes, but it gives you information that can help you juggle both your future and academics successfully.

Help for High School Students

On the academic front, New York City’s Department of Education offers services for student parents while enrolled in high school. You have the right to stay at your current school, or you can choose to move your education to a LYFE center. Guidance counselors at your school will help guide you and connect you with the support services you need.

If you decide your current school is not the right place for you, the NYC Dept. of Education’s Referral Centers for High School Alternatives can help. They are located in every borough and are staffed with guidance counselors, social workers, and academic intervention specialists who are ready to help you.

Another alternative is the LYFE Program. The LYFE Program offers some great services to student parents, including free early childhood education, referrals to free or low-cost childcare, and a support network designed to keep you on track with school.

All of these alternatives are set up to run seamlessly, offering you everything you need to find success as you move on to college or a career.

Tips for College Students

Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college may not be any easier on the emotional front, but the different way classes are scheduled in college can make staying in school easier.

You’ll need to think about whether you want to attend classes every day, three days per week, or only two days. Another practical consideration may be to schedule time between classes rather than load them back-to-back, giving yourself time to rest and grab a bite to eat.

Also give thought to which classes you register for, and their location on or off campus. Will science classes include experiments with components that smell and could make you nauseous? Will the location of the class require a long or tedious walk that later in your pregnancy would be uncomfortable? Do you have the option of taking online classes?

Need Someone to Talk to?

Regardless of your age, if you are unexpectedly pregnant and wondering if you can still be a student while pregnant, be assured you can. You will need to make sure you have a healthy support system in place. Friends, family, doctors, and staff at your school are all part of a good support system. Sometimes, though, it can help to have someone in your corner that you know has only your best interest in mind.

At Avail NYC, we can help you prepare. If you need personal support, our compassionate advocates are here to help you in a safe, peaceful environment.

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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.

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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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.