Choosing whether or not to bring a child into this world is undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions for a woman to make. A woman or couple might consider how financially stable they are to raise a child, how emotionally and mentally ready they are to face the late hours of the night, and make the well-being of the child their top priority. Of course, there are many more reasons to consider and they differ from woman to woman; some may never want to have a child or there may be medical complications in their pregnancy that require termination of the fetus. In all circumstances, there is a wave of pain that is likely to hit the woman even if the choice is hers.
The stigma attached to having an abortion, so it’s time to openly discuss abortion with an open mind and factual information to support the procedure. In an effort to raise awareness about the Medical termination of pregnancy (abortion) and to inform him about his rights, safety precautions and the emotional and mental impact of making this decision, we decided to organize a Girl Tribal Exchange Circle around him. We invited Dr. Devika chopra, Obstetrician-gynecologist, Tanusree mustafi, Rehabilitation and Counseling Psychologist at The mood space hosted by Dr. Raashi Khatri Panjabi, MD Pain Management, to share her knowledge and experience on abortion and its emotional impact. This is what these women had to say.
What is medical termination and what constitutes a safe abortion by Dr. Devika Chopra?
Pregnancy termination is the act of expelling or removing the fetus from a woman’s body. This particular procedure can be performed medically or surgically and the legally allowed time period for this is up to 20 weeks, tablets of up to 7 weeks can be prescribed. However, you will likely find some doctors who can prescribe this up to 9 weeks as well because there is a gray period up to 63 days. And anything after 9 to 10 weeks requires a surgical procedure.
I decided to speak up on this topic because abortions are looked down upon, whether the woman is single or married and whatever her reasons are, I feel like this is a difficult topic to discuss and understand given that she is in fact carrying the child. within itself. .
A safe abortion is one that is performed in a recognized facility and by a trained physician during the stipulated period of 20 weeks. After 20 weeks, if a woman is not medically capable of carrying the child to term and it is medically recommended that termination is the safest way forward, then a court order is needed to proceed with medical termination.
The Emotional Impact of Abortion by Tanusree Mustafi
More than the act of termination, is it the environment that surrounds the woman or what are the conditions in which termination has occurred? All of these play an important role. Since the decision is influenced by so many factors, let’s talk about why women experience a profound emotional impact. On the one hand, the detection of pregnancy is not immediate and at that moment the window or the time frame to execute the process is shortened. This means that the woman has to react and respond alone without a strong support system and in an accelerated state, thus creating a constant vapor of pressure.
Abortion is a decision for the woman and her doctor to make. But the truth is that the woman’s relatives, spouses, neighbors, and parents seem to get involved.
In such intense circumstances, there is likely to be an emotional impact, but one would attribute it to the lack of a support system rather than the act of dismissal. It is like going through one trauma after another, thus becoming a chronic traumatic experience. So if one has access to professional mental health help, the impact can be lessened with the help of sufficient preparation.
Abortion: the experience told by Dr. Raashi Khatri Panjabi
Dr. Raashi Khatri Panjabi shares her personal experience of having to abort her child for medical reasons. She was dealing with an echopic pregnancy as the fetus was growing in her ovaries and not in her uterus.
It all came down to me and this baby that I so desperately wanted to have. I found out on Monday and on Thursday they took me to an emergency room. I felt out of options on the matter. The loss is extremely real because you know that you are pregnant and then all of a sudden you have to turn away from this dream.
Even if you have a great support system, mental health help, or access to therapy, you are likely still struggling on the inside. One could call it stigma because there is a certain amount of guilt for losing a child in this way, women feel like their bodies can’t do the one thing they were originally designed to do and that’s a really devastating emotion to tackle.
Please know that you are not alone, you have to figure it out yourself and support will come when you decide to empower yourself by talking openly about the experience.
Important abortion frequently asked questions answered by OB-GYN Dr. Devika Chopra:
a) Can an abortion affect the ability to have children in the future?
If you opt for over-the-counter pills or take drastic measures without registering without a certified physician, you are likely to have an unsafe medical termination that will in all likelihood increase your rate of infertility.
b) If you are a minor, do you need parental consent to have an abortion?
Any sexual activity before the age of 18 is considered rape of minors and gynecologists are required by law to report to the police if they are approached by minors under the age of 18 for a medical interruption. Therefore, minors under the age of 18 require the help of a legal guardian in the event of an abortion.
c) How soon after having an abortion can you start taking birth control pills?
You can start taking your birth control pills 10-15 days after your medical termination. However, it is essential that you get approval from your gynecologist or an ultrasound before beginning this process. Your doctor must confirm that all the contents of the fetus have been expelled from the mother’s body.
d) Can a menstrual cup or tampon be used after an abortion?
It depends on the gestation period. The shorter the time period, the less bleeding is likely. However, absorbent pads are recommended as the chances of the fetus tissue leaving the body can create a high risk of infection at this time. Bleeding can continue for a period of 7 to 10 days, and in some cases, it can also be severe.
e) How soon can you have sex after an abortion?
Ovulation can take place as early as two weeks after abortion, so it is best to opt for protected sex after 2 weeks of healing.
f) How soon can you start trying to conceive again after an abortion?
If you have had to medically terminate your pregnancy because there were some abnormalities in the birthing process, it would be best if you took some time to do the investigations. So the best thing to do is wait about 3-4 months before you can start trying again.
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