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.

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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.