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Considering Abortion Even Though I Struggled With One in the Past

Imagine you’ve written a profound secret on a scrap of parchment. Now, picture folding the paper into a glass bottle, popping the corkscrew closed with a pop, and then tossing the sealed message into the ocean. This is what it may feel like to hide a piece of your past, watching the bottle bob and drift off into the sea, willing it to just float away. Never to be rediscovered again until centuries later, or preferably, never. But suppose an unforeseen tide carries your glass bottle to shore, an ocean gyre having aided in its travel back to you.

Feeling Unprepared for a Pregnancy

All sorts of feelings may have gone through you as you stared numbly at a positive sign on a pregnancy test. It may be the case that this pregnancy is not something you expected, and as you let the results sink in, a sudden wave of thoughts may have hit you. What I am going to do? How can I be pregnant right now? Who can I talk to about my unexpected pregnancy? While you may be aware that you have a decision to make, thinking about your pregnancy options can seem overwhelming. Processing new information regarding an unexpected event in your life is not always easy. But giving yourself time to breathe may help you to think objectively about your options, and guide you towards making an informed choice about your unexpected pregnancy.

Is the Abortion Pill Available Over-the-Counter?

Once you’ve taken time to process the news of an unexpected pregnancy, you may have begun to think about what your next step should be. The arrival of a circumstance you may not have planned for can inspire distressing emotions, and it’s possible you feel compelled to dispel your anxieties by finding the quickest solution to your unexpected pregnancy. Since a medical abortion sounds less complicated than a surgical one, you may have begun to lean towards this option. As with any form of medication, it’s important to be informed about any possible side effects, and you may have some questions about this abortion method. Perhaps you’re wondering if you can buy the abortion pill over-the-counter, or you may want to know more about what this type of abortion usually entails.

What Are the Benefits of Having an Ultrasound Exam for an Unexpected Pregnancy?

An unexpected pregnancy can alter your day-to-day life. You may have begun to experience some symptoms, such as nausea or fatigue, and on top of the physical changes, you may be feeling stressed about the thought of making an unexpected pregnancy decision. While the digital world has made information readily available, accessing the right information about your pregnancy options can be difficult. But there is something that you can’t access from an online resource, and that is relevant information about your pregnancy’s gestational age and risks of early pregnancy. An ultrasound can supply you with the tools needed to take the next step in your pregnancy decision.

Deciding Between Abortion and Adoption

Perhaps you’ve decided parenting is not the unexpected pregnancy decision you want to move forward with. This leaves you with two choices – adoption and abortion – but despite eliminating one of your options, maybe you’re still feeling uncertain. This is perfectly okay, as now you can focus on the two pregnancy decisions you’re leaning towards, and further reflection and research may help with making a choice.