When facing an unplanned pregnancy, one of the underrepresented concerns is a woman’s mental health. Often, online articles tout abortion as the quickest and most convenient solution. Still, it can come at the steep price of a woman’s emotional well-being, especially if she currently struggles in this area.
While parenting may not be on the table for you now, abortion is not the only alternative. Read this article if you are interested in learning about the risks of abortion and what adoption could look like for you.
Risks of Abortion
Along with mental health risks, both types of abortion (medical and surgical) come with physical risks as well.
For a surgical abortion, the risks include the following:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Medical abortions carry risks such as incomplete abortion (requiring follow-up), heavy and prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, or unsuccessful termination resulting in an ongoing pregnancy.
What You Need to Know About Adoption
If you’ve already ruled out parenting as an option, there are a few things you should know about adoption. As the biological parent, you have complete control over your adoption plan.
There are three types of customizable adoption plans.
In an open adoption, the majority of adoptions within the US, you can build a relationship with both your child and the adoptive family through open communication and visits.
A semi-open adoption is similar to an open adoption, but all communication is mediated between a third party, like the adoption agency.
In a closed adoption, all personal information about you and the adoptive family will remain confidential.
If you choose adoption, your medical and living expenses will be covered.
It’s critical to be aware of what’s possible within adoption and how the process might affect you emotionally. An adoption counselor at a reputable adoption agency can help.
At Crossroads Women’s Center, we can provide you with a no-cost pregnancy test, ultrasound, or options consultation. You’ll be able to get tangible details about your pregnancy (age, location, and viability) and the chance to ask questions and share any concerns.
You are not alone. We are here to help you feel supported and hopeful about your future.
Contact us today for an appointment!