Abortion is the removal of a foetus or embryo before it reaches a term where it can survive outside the uterus. In simpler terms, it’s the termination of pregnancy.
There are many varied reasons why a woman decides to do an abortion. It is a personal decision. In some countries, abortion is still illegal which leads to women doing it in dingy alleys with quack doctors in an unsafe way. More than 80% of these cases end up being fatal.
If you decide on having an abortion, do it safely. Don’t risk your life by doing in in an unsafe way at home or by having it done by an untrained professional.
What Should I Do Before I Do an Abortion?
- Be 100% Sure
Sit down and critically analyze your situation. Do you want to do the abortion? What is your life after the abortion going to be like? The last thing you need is to live the rest of your life regretting why you did it.
- Do Your Research
Nowadays, everything is on the internet. There is extensive information on the internet about safe abortions. There are even safe DIY methods of abortion that you can easily use to abort at home.
If you decide to have a medic do the abortion, do a background check on the hospital or the doctor. You can even seek testimonials from people who have had abortions from that hospital with that medic.
- Consider Your Options
If you don’t want the baby, abortion is not the only option you have. You can choose to give the baby away for adoption after it is born.
- Have an Ultrasound Done
This is to determine if the pregnancy is viable. Is the embryo or foetus in the uterus or is it an ectopic pregnancy growing in the fallopian tubes? For an ectopic pregnancy, you will have to go to the hospital and have the doctor perform the abortion through a minor abortion procedure. Doing it at home through pills or herbs is too risky, and there are chances that it might not work.
An ultrasound also helps know how far along the pregnancy is to decide on the most efficient method to use to do the abortion. There are three safe ways that you can use for the abortion.
- Medical Abortion
This involves the use of pills to conduct the abortion at home. It’s a DIY method that doesn’t require you to be at the hospital. You use a combination of two pills; Mifepristone and Misoprostol. This method is effective during your first trimester.
- Herbal Abortion
You can also use certain herbs like Angelica or a combination of Blue and Black Cohosh. This method is more effective in the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Use of Fruits
Lemons, oranges, and limes if taken in copious quantities can cause an induced miscarriage. Pineapples and papaya also have the same effect.
- Aspiration Abortion
This is a medical procedure done at the hospital where the doctor inserts some instruments vaginally to remove the pregnancy. Whichever method you decide on, ensure it is safe. Your life is important.