An unplanned pregnancy means you have a big decision to make. Legally, you are not required to inform your partner about your pregnancy or having an abortion, but emotionally, you may want to. No one should have to go through a significant medical decision like abortion alone. If you need someone to talk to, we’re available.
Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?
Knowing and thinking you’re pregnant are two different things. Even though you’ve taken an over-the-counter pregnancy test, you may have gotten a false positive. Have you had an ultrasound?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. A miscarriage usually happens early in a pregnancy. It is possible to get a positive pregnancy test result days or weeks after a miscarriage.
Although rare, you also have the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is growing in the wrong location and could be life-threatening. An abortion does not end this type of pregnancy.
Finally, ultrasound indicates how far along you are in your pregnancy. The abortion provider needs this information to determine the type of abortion procedure you qualify for.
Do You Want to Keep Such a Big Secret?
There are many reasons you may not want to tell your partner about your abortion. Perhaps you know he’ll disagree with your decision. Or, you may not be interested in continuing the relationship.
Abortion has the potential for physical and psychological consequences. It’s not an easy decision, and no research studies have found that abortion is associated with a better mental health outcome. In fact, if you are currently struggling with anxiety or depression, studies show abortion may increase your mental health issues.
If you continue a sexual relationship with your partner, he may find out about the abortion due to possible physical complications or emotional changes. It’s a big secret to keep.
What Should You Do?
Before choosing abortion, verify your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. Then, confide in someone you feel you can trust. If you don’t have someone you can talk with, reach out to a counselor at the Pregnancy Resource Center. All conversations are free and confidential.
We promise never to judge your decision or lecture you. It’s your choice entirely. We’re here to listen and offer free pregnancy services to protect your health and safety.
Fill out our online contact form and let us know the best way to contact you. Or, ask about our Mobile Medical Unit schedule, and we’ll come to you.