It seems that more and more individuals are waiting to start a family to pursue certain educational and career goals. Unfortunately, unplanned pregnancies do happen—especially when one is not fully informed about contraceptive options. Read on for more information on the responsibilities associated with becoming a parent and your various options.
Things to Consider About Being a Parent
Becoming a parent is a full-time responsibility. It is important to consider several aspects of your life when assessing your readiness to become a parent including your current health, financial status, lifestyle, long-term goals, and available support system. You will also want to consider your emotional state or level of maturity, as becoming a parent will require you to put your own needs aside in order to protect the life of another.
Individuals interested in reducing the chances of becoming a parent when they are not ready can take advantage of several options. Preventative measures include the use of birth control pills, injections, and intrauterine devices, and surgical sterilization procedures such as a tubal ligation. Women who have become pregnant and are not in the position to start a family may consider pregnancy abortion. Medical abortion may be utilized for first trimester pregnancy abortions between five and twelve weeks, while a full surgical abortion will be utilized for second trimester abortions between twelve and nineteen weeks. Women in their third trimester will require a three-day pregnancy abortion procedure as the technique requires a greater amount of dilation. Many abortion clinics also offer adoption counseling in the event abortion is not the method of your choice.
Whether you are interested in scheduling an abortion, adoption services, or obtaining information about contraceptives, the Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland is here to help. Give us a call at (503) 715-3509 or visit our website for more information on our services.