Timing is important when it comes to pregnancy termination as there are strict rules governing when you can have each of the different types of abortion. You need to take the time to make the right decision for you, but it is also important to be aware of when you can have an abortion.
Finding Out If You Are Pregnant
If you think there is a chance you could be pregnant, it is important to find out for sure that you can think about what to do next. Missing a period is the most obvious sign of pregnancy, but some women do experience some spotting which could be mistaken for a period. Other signs that you could be pregnant include feeling more tired than usual, having tender breasts, and nausea. If you experience these symptoms and you have been sexually active, you should take a pregnancy test. There is a chance that you could be pregnant even if you have been using contraception, although it is usually very effective. If you have had unprotected sex or if your contraception has failed, you shouldn’t wait to see if you are pregnant. You can take the morning after pill up to 72 hours later, which can prevent you from getting pregnant.
Your Options for Pregnancy Termination
If the test shows that you are pregnant, there are several different options that you can consider, including adoption, keeping the baby, and having a termination. Talking to a doctor can help you to make the right decision, but you may also find it helpful to discuss the pregnancy with your friends, family, or partner. Although you will have plenty of time to consider your decision, it is important to be aware that your options will change as the pregnancy progresses. You will only be able to take the abortion pill up to nine weeks, to have a medical vacuum aspiration up to 12 weeks, and to undergo a surgical pregnancy termination up to 18 weeks.