It is such a good thing that women of today are able to obtain a safe and reliable abortion since the procedure has long been made legal. Today, you can avail of the procedure in many planned parenthood health centers and hospitals. The procedure is actually very common as statistics shows that 3 out 1o women have it by the time they turned 45. If you are considering it as a solution to an unplanned pregnancy, educate yourself before anything else. Know everything you can about the procedure to know what options are available.
Start by talking with your health care provider about the different methods available. In essence, you have two choices, medical abortion or in-clinic abortion. Your choice will largely hinge on how far you are into your pregnancy. Medical abortion generally is for pregnancies within the first trimester while in-clinic abortion is for later term pregnancies. In some states, when you are under 18, you have to get your parents’ consent before being allowed to have the procedure. In other states, you can be excused from this requirement if you ask the court. Regardless of which state you belong, it is a good idea to know all abortion pre-requisites before having the procedure to avoid any issues later on.
If you should get an in-clinic abortion, find a provider that can give you the best service that you deserve. Start looking for one in your area. Ask for referrals from people you know or from your health provider. If you don’t have a health center near you, call the nearest center for referrals. Get in touch with the facility to ask about their services and rates and make sure to drop by personally to check it out. It is important to take note that some facilities won’t perform an abortion when the pregnancy is past the first three months. Also, the rate can go higher the farther you are into your pregnancy. Because the risks are higher the farther along you are, abortions past the 24th week are only performed for very serious health reasons on the part of the pregnant woman.
In clinic abortions can cost as much as $1500. Ask whether your provider accepts your health insurance. If not, be prepared to pay the full amount. If this is the case, ask the facility if they offer any payment option that won’t require you to pay the whole cost of the procedure all at once.