How Do I Support My Friend Experiencing an Unexpected Pregnancy?

The fact that you are searching for ways to support your friend experiencing an unexpected pregnancy online shows that you care. We want to offer some advice as your friend is facing a rollercoaster of emotions right now. Communicating that you are there for her is one of the greatest ways to show your support. 

Here are more tips when navigating this unexpected time with a friend. 

Have a Listening Ear

After hearing the news of pregnancy from your friend, you may feel like you want to respond with something comforting right away. While that can be tempting, try your best to listen and ask questions about her unique situation before chiming in.

 

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Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

Are you faced with an unexpected pregnancy and unsure about what options you have? You are not alone. 

 

If considering the abortion pill, it’s important to understand your pregnancy details. Be sure of your eligibility for this type of abortion procedure by speaking to your medical provider and reviewing your complete health history. 

 

Taking the abortion pill when you don’t meet the medical protocol can lead to serious complications and put your health at risk. Checking your eligibility for any medical procedure (the abortion pill) is vital, especially when that procedure has side effects and risks. 

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How Will Abortion Affect Me Physically?

Abortion can affect women in a variety of ways, including long-term physical effects. Some risks of abortion may require medical attention after the procedure. Here is more information about the major medical risks of abortion and what to expect if you’re considering this option.

Physical Risks of Medical Abortion 

Two drugs involved in a medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, are mifepristone and misoprostol. These drugs work to terminate an existing pregnancy. Some common physical risks of this type of abortion procedure include: 

 

  • Incomplete abortion, which could lead to infection if not treated

  • Continued pregnancy if the procedure doesn't work

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How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

It has been determined by experts that abortion can cause mental health issues for at least some women. The study concluded that abortion can cause grief, a sense of loss, and anxiety, among other adverse mental health effects. Find out more about the mental health effects of abortion and who is most likely to be affected.  

What Does the Research Say?

One study published by the National Library of Medicine concluded four issues when it comes to abortion and mental health. Their findings include the following:

 

  • Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.

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I Don’t Want To Be Pregnant. Is Abortion My Only Option?

It’s essential to trust your gut when considering your pregnancy options. If you are leaning away from abortion, consider exploring adoption and parenting in a compassionate and empowering space like Gianna’s House.

 

We’re here to educate you about the ups and downs of each option and offer our free resources and support. There is hope when it comes to your pregnancy and your future.

Have You Considered Adoption?

Adoption has dramatically improved over the years, allowing the birth mother to choose from open, closed, or semi-open adoption plans. Each plan differs based on the relationship and contact you desire with the adoptive family and your child, if any.

 

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Is Abortion or Adoption Right for Me?

It can be hard to see clearly when faced with such a serious decision as a pregnancy decision. You are not alone.

 

If you’re asking yourself whether abortion or adoption is right for you, here are some things to consider with each option. Get the clarity you need about your options.

Abortion & What to Consider

Abortion is a medical procedure in which “the embryo or fetus is prematurely removed or caused to be expelled.” There are common physical risks to consider. Depending on the type of procedure, abortion risks may include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion

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What Are the Different Types of Abortion?

An unexpected pregnancy may invite questions, especially about your options. You may have heard about abortion and are considering this decision. 

 

Abortion is the only option that terminates a pregnancy. Understanding the different procedures available to you and what you can expect is essential. We’ll outline the methods below.

 

All About Medical Abortion

The FDA allows the drugs for a medical abortion during the first 70 days of a woman’s pregnancy only. It uses two drugs, mifepristone, and misoprostol, to end the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which is a hormone that sustains the pregnancy. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy from the uterus. 

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Why Talk to Us About Abortion?

If you are considering abortion as an outcome of your unexpected pregnancy, contact Gianna’s House for a free appointment. Find empowerment through the information provided by our experienced staff. 

Abortion Information

Our peer counselors are knowledgeable about all your options for the outcome of your pregnancy, including abortion. Did you know that the type of abortion recommended for a woman is based on several factors, including how far along she is, what kind of birth control she uses, and her access to emergency and follow-up care? 

 

It is also wise to learn about the risks associated with abortion procedures and the recovery process. Speaking with our counselors about abortion will give you the information you need to make a confident choice.

Options Information

If you aren’t quite sure which option you want to choose for the outcome of your pregnancy, learn more about your choices through options counseling at Gianna’s house. In addition to discussing abortion with you, we can help you understand parenting and abortion better so you can determine if either is a good fit for your life.

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Gianna's House provides a safe environment with a warm, comfortable setting where privacy and confidentiality are top priorities. We offer a holistic approach to helping women.  Our services are available at no cost to you because we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. This facility is not a licensed medical facility.  We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients; therefore, we receive no financial gain from your decision. We are committed to provide accurate information about pregnancy options, abortion procedure risks and alternatives, and post-abortion support. All of our advertising and communications are truthful, honest, and accurately describe the services we offer.