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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about abortion

Facts are Important: Abortion is Healthcare

At EMW Women’s Surgical Center we feel reproductive health education is very important.

  • Abortion is not rare. 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by age 45.
  • Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed today. It’s 99 percent safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • 6 out of 10 people who get abortions already have kids- and many of them decide to end their pregnancies so they can focus on the children they already have.
  • Deciding if and when to have a baby is very personal, and only you know what’s best for you and your family.
  • Woman of all faiths have abortions.

Will an abortion affect my health?

There are many myths out there about abortion. The licensed staff at EMW Women’s Surgical can give you accurate information about any concerns you have.

Is abortion safe?

When performed by an experienced Physician, abortion is a very safe medical procedure. At EMW Women’s Surgical Center our Board Certified OB/GYN’s perform the procedure. According to the National Abortion Federation, less than 0.5% of women experience major complications from a surgical abortion, which makes it 8-10 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term. It is also the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. Our staff is trained to offer the highest standard of medical care available. Both abortion pill and surgical termination methods are very safe.

Will abortion affect my ability to have children in the future?

There is no evidence that having an abortion under safe and legal circumstances has any effect on future pregnancies or to your overall health. The possible risks involved with abortion surgery are very minimal. It’s possible to get pregnant quickly after you have an abortion. So, it’s a good idea to discuss a birth control plan for after your abortion.

Will having an abortion increase risk of breast cancer?

Having an abortion does not increase your risk for breast cancer. Exhaustive reviews by panels convened by the US and UK governments have concluded that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer. There is also no indication that abortion is a risk factor for other cancers.

Will having an abortion cause depression or mental health issues?

Having an abortion does not cause depression or mental health issues. Leading experts have concluded that among women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single first trimester abortion than if they carry the pregnancy to term. It’s totally normal to have a lot of different emotions after your abortion. Everyone’s experience is different, and there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to feel. Most people are relieved and don’t regret their decision. A few may feel sadness, guilt, or regret after an abortion. Lots of people have all these feelings at different times. These feelings aren’t unique to having an abortion. People feel many different emotions after giving birth, too. Serious, long-term emotional problems after an abortion are rare.

Can I get birth control from EMW Women’s Surgical Center?

YES. We offer birth control to our patients immediately after the pregnancy termination. We will evaluate your needs and assist with the appropriate birth control method. We can offer a prescription for the pill, nuva ring or the patch. Click here to learn more about birth control options. An added benefit of starting birth control pills is to regulate your period after the procedure.

Do all religions and religious people oppose a woman’s right to choose? [info]

Many religious and spiritual organizations respect a woman’s right to choose and are pro-choice because of their religious beliefs. For more information, visit the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, or Catholics for Choice.

Can a medical abortion be reversed?

In 2019, the Kentucky State legislature passed a medical abortion reversal law. This law requires physicians in Kentucky to inform patients that a medical abortion has the potential to be reversed. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists oppose medical abortion reversal laws. These leading authorities on health care state that the treatment is not based on science and does not meet clinical standards. AMA President Patrice A. Harris told the Washington Post that these laws compel physicians and other members of the health care team to provide patients with false or misleading information that is not based on any scientific evidence.

EMW physicians agree with these leading authorities in science and women’s health care.

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