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Terminating a Pregnancy Ė What You Need to Know

Approximately forty-six million women receive an abortion procedure every year, world-wide. Of course, this is an estimated figure, as there are still many countries that donít allow legal abortion and many women who are too afraid to come forward with their stories. However, the fact is that you wonít be alone in making the decision to terminate a pregnancy. There are, however, certain things you need to know before making your final decision.

When to Terminate a Pregnancy

You need to consider that itís best to terminate a pregnancy within the first fifteen to sixteen weeks. After this point, the fetus is far enough developed that it will be much more difficult for you, both physically and emotionally. Additionally, many clinics will refuse abortion treatments after sixteen weeks, stating that this is the time for viability of the fetus. In non-scientific terms, this means that this is the time many people consider the fetus an actual child Ė which makes abortion murder. If you want the best chances for a successful and least-traumatizing abortion, you need to take action as early as possible.

How to Terminate a Pregnancy

There are several ways to terminate a pregnancy Ė which method you use is really up to you, your doctor and how far along you are in your pregnancy. Itís extremely important, however, that even home abortion methods are performed under the care and knowledge of a physician. Never try to abort your baby on your own without seeking medical advice.

If youíre very early in your pregnancy, you can use an abortion pill Ė often referred to as the morning after pill. This is most often used in cases of rape or incest, as it can immediately terminate a pregnancy within the first seven to nine weeks. The end result is cramping more painful than your period and bleeding slightly heavier than your normal period. In general, though, this is the least traumatizing for your body.

Another option is herbal supplement abortion methods. These are mixtures that have been used for centuries to terminate a pregnancy. However, they donít always work. They are most effective when used between the fourth and eighth week of pregnancy and have a 40-45% chance of being effective. If you arenít successful in terminating the pregnancy with herbs, youíll need to follow up with a clinical abortion to avoid health risks to yourself and the baby.

Finally, most people consider clinical abortion when talking about terminating a pregnancy. There are many methods for a clinical or surgical abortion and the method used will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Before pursuing these options, you should be sure that these abortions are allowed in your state Ė your doctor or local family planning clinic can help you determine whatís available for you.

Consequences of Terminating a Pregnancy

No matter what you tell yourself, youíll likely suffer depression after terminating a pregnancy. You may feel guilt, shame or a feeling of being lost Ė especially if youíre a religious person. Seek the help of a therapist, support group or priest to help get you through these feelings. Even the strictest religions generally allow for forgiveness of an abortion if you are truly repentant and need the help of the church to recover physically, emotionally and spiritually. If you arenít prepared to deal with the emotional and religious ramifications, you should not terminate a pregnancy.

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