Early surgical abortion is a medically safe procedure for terminating a pregnancy. Under the care of a medical professional, a pregnancy can be terminated, while protecting the overall health and reproductive functions of the mother. However, to ensure the procedure goes as planned, it's important that you are prepared.
Reassess Your Feelings
Abortion is a permanent decision, but most important, it's a choice. Even if you've moved forward with plans to have the procedure performed, it's always good to reassess how you feel now to make sure your feelings have not changed. Remember, how you move forward is 100% your choice.
Check the Law
Different states have laws in place concerning early surgical abortion, even when the procedure is legal. For instance, in some states, you must attend a pre-operative appointment in which the procedure is described to you, as well as any risks, then allow a certain amount of time to pass before you can have the procedure performed, known as a waiting period. Learn what the guidelines are in your state ahead of time.
Don't Feel Obligated
Make sure you understand that you are not obligated to tell anyone about your plans. If you have decided that an early surgical abortion is the right choice for you, the reasoning behind your decision is yours and you don't owe anyone an explanation as to why. The fewer people you tell, the less stress and anxiety you will experience while worrying about what other people think.
Bring a Loved One
Although you are not obligated to tell anyone about your plans or the procedure, it's a good idea to at least tell one person that you are close to so that they can accompany you to the appointment, as well as provide any aftercare you need. A close family member or friend is fine, just make sure it's someone you trust and who is supportive.
Plan Some Downtime
Schedule the procedure towards the end of the week or during a time when your schedule is relatively light. Surgical abortions do not require a long recovery, but it is advised that you take it easy and relax for a short period after the procedure is performed. However, keep in mind that there is a window in which early abortions much be performed, so you will have to keep this schedule in mind as well.
What's most important is that you're comfortable. Ask questions and take your time to ensure you are properly prepared.