Before You Get an Abortion Procedure
1. Verify Your Pregnancy
Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you may want help verifying your pregnancy. The Pregnancy Care Center provides pregnancy testing and offers a limited OB (Obstetrical) ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.
2. Get An Ultrasound
An ultrasound is an important next step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable with a heartbeat, or if you might naturally miscarry.
3. Get Tested For STDs/STIs (sexually transmitted diseases or infections)
Before choosing an abortion clinic, it is important to get tested for STDs. If infected, many women may not know since there may not be symptoms. Women who have an abortion with an untreated STD are more likely to develop PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) following the abortion procedure. PID can have some serious consequences.
Understanding Different Abortion Procedures
Different abortion methods are used to end a pregnancy based on how far along you are. You deserve to know the facts and be fully informed. At the Pregnancy Care Center, we take time to educate you on the different abortion methods that may be available to you. Our caring staff will help you understand what you can expect from each type of abortion procedure and present documented abortion risk factors so that you can make an informed decision. Make an appointment with Pregnancy Care Center today!
Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)
Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU-486 or other types of chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy. This method of termination is used up to 70 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete.
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. A surgical abortion is a procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of surgical procedures and different methods (depending on how far along you are).
No One Can Decide for You.
When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it’s YOUR decision, and no one should decide for you. Our medical staff and patient advocates will give you the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision for yourself. No one can force you to terminate your pregnancy, even if you are a minor.
“The staff was incredibly respectful & knowledgeable, and the office was a clean & homey office.” - patient
Questions to Ask if Seeking An Abortion
If you are considering getting an abortion, there are a lot of questions to think about before deciding what to do:
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along in the pregnancy am I?
- Do I have an STD/STI?
- What abortion methods might be used?
- What happens after an abortion?
- Are there other options available to me?
- What if I have already had an abortion?
- What are the risks of having an abortion?
Make an appointment to discuss abortion procedures and get answers to your questions about pregnancy and abortion.