Before You Decide...Get the Facts

 

Considering Abortion?

If a baby is not in your plans right now, abortion might seem like the best way out. Many women and couples find it empowering to understand all their options before making a final decision.

Do you understand the procedures?
Do you know how you might be affected later?

Did you know?

  • Side effects may include pain, bleeding, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever.
  • Risks include heavy bleeding, incomplete abortion, infection, damaged uterus.
  • Serious risks occur infrequently in early abortions, but increase with gestational age.
  • The Abortion Pill RU 486 is another medication to end a pregnancy up to 9 weeks LMP

Relational Problems

  • Avoiding babies or pregnant women
  • Withdrawing or being very clingy
  • Trouble communicating and increased conflict

Emotional Problems

  • Low self-esteem
  • Clamming up or blowing up
  • Crying, anger, fear, or loneliness

Physical problems:

  • Eating disorders
  • Trouble sleeping

Spiritual problems:

  • Feeling like God will not forgive this sin
  • Avoiding church
  • Unable to forgive yourself
 

Emergency Contraception

If you've recently had unprotected sex or the condom broke, you might be feeling anxious about the possibility of pregnancy. 

Commonly sold as Plan B One-Step and Ella, emergency contraception may reduce the chance of pregnancy. These medications are reported to work in several possible ways: delaying ovulation, blocking sperm from joining with an egg, or preventing a fertilized egg from implanting - some may consider this a very early abortion.

Emergency contraception does not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and there are potential risks and side effects to be considered.

To learn more about emergency contraception, its risks, & side effects, schedule your confidential consultation.


What is the Morning-After Pill?

The morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy. One of the most common ones is a pill called Plan B One-Step.

Your body and your health are important, so take time to make the best decision. Give us a call for a confidential discussion about your options.


How well does the morning-after pill work?

Not as well as was originally advertised. It is intended for use within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.


Should I take the morning-after pill?

You can only become pregnant on certain days of the month--around the time that you ovulate. Taking the morning-after pill during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to a large dose of hormones and costs you money.

If you are already pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter, taking the morning-after pill is of no value and may cause unpleasant side effects. 

To find out if you are pregnant, call us. We can give you information and schedule a free pregnancy test appointment.


Can the morning-after pill cause an abortion?

Taking Plan B One-Step after fertilization has taken place may prevent the newly formed life from settling into the uterus and continuing to grow, which some consider a form of early abortion.


What are the side effects and risks?

Like any medication, risks and side effects are not the same for everyone who takes the morning-after pill. Plan B One-Step can cause nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, heavier menstrual bleeding, and dizziness.

Your body and health are important, so take the time to make the best decision. Please call us to ask your questions and have a confidential discussion about your option if you are pregnant. 


What is Ella?

Ella is a form of emergency contraception - a type of birth control to be used within five days after unprotected intercourse or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy. It is available by prescription only, and your doctor should rule out pregnancy before prescribing Ella.

Give us a call. We are here to listen to your questions and talk about your options.


Is Ella effective?

If Ella is taken as directed, it will reduce the chance of pregnancy, but it is not effective in every case.


Should I take Ella?

You can only become pregnant on certain days of the month - around the time that you ovulate. Taking Ella during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to a new drug that has not been fully tested.

To find out if you are pregnant, call us. We can give you information and schedule a free pregnancy test appointment.


Can Ella cause an abortion?

Taking Ella after fertilization has taken place may prevent the newly formed life from settling into the uterus and continuing to grow, which some consider a form of early abortion.

There is something else to know about Ella. Unlike Plan B, Ella is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex. Both have the ability to damage the embryo's attachment to the uterus, causing its death.

This effect on growing pregnancies was not tested in women, however a higher dose of Ella did cause abortions in pregnant animals, including monkeys, and carries the same potential in humans. 


Does ella have side effects and risks?

Please call us to get more information and to learn about side effects and risks. Your body and health are important, so take time to make the best decision. 


 

Choosing an abortion is a major decision. At the Pregnancy Resource Center, we are here to talk with you about your situation, provide medically-accurate information, and even provide free compassionate counsel for those struggling after an abortion.

NOTE: We offer accurate information about all your pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or emergency contraception. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.