If you just found out you’re pregnant, it can be tough to think about your options. You may be worried about the future, especially if you don’t have support from a partner, friends or family. At some point, you may find yourself searching on the web, “how much is an abortion in Missouri?”
The answer is fairly straightforward—a surgical abortion can cost up to $3,000, depending on how far along your pregnancy is. The abortion pill, while less expensive, still isn’t cheap. But in addition to the financial cost abortion has a personal cost as well.
Read on to learn more about some of the after-effects of abortion and what you’ll need to do before you consider this as an option.
During the early stages of pregnancy, most abortions are chemical, not surgical. By taking certain medications designed to dilate the cervix and slough off the uterine lining, you’ll essentially force your body to reject the pregnancy. The next few days will be filled with cramping and discomfort.
Later-stage abortions are usually surgical and may require local or general anesthesia. Involving anesthesia in your procedure increases both the cost and the risk, but for many women, the idea of having a surgical abortion without anesthesia can be a deal-breaker.
Before you seek out an abortion, it’s important to have a pre-abortion screening. This simple process involves three steps that can provide you with some viable abortion alternatives.
First, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade test. Home pregnancy tests may not detect the earliest stages of pregnancy, no matter their accuracy claims. If you take a test before or shortly after you miss your period, you run the risk of a false negative that takes you by surprise later. On the other hand, if you’re not pregnant, you don’t need to even look into abortion.
If your medical-grade pregnancy test is positive, the next step is an ultrasound to determine viability and narrow down a conception date. Not all types of abortion are available at all stages of the pregnancy, so knowing exactly how far along you are can determine available options.
And finally, you’ll want to be screened for sexually-transmitted diseases and infections. If you undergo a surgical abortion while also battling an active STD or STI, you could run the risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Untreated PID can lead to infertility and other lifelong complications.
By contacting Thrive St. Louis at the earliest signs of pregnancy, you’ll be able to schedule a pre-abortion screening to sort through all of your options in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
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