Abortion is one of the options you have available to you if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Before visiting an abortion clinic, there are three questions you should be able to answer with certainty:
It is important to know that, according to the Mayo Clinic, 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies do not carry to term for a number of reasons. Even after a positive pregnancy test, it is possible that you may miscarry. The only way to know for sure if the pregnancy will carry to term is to have an ultrasound. Options for Women provides free ultrasounds to women who have had a positive pregnancy test at our clinic.
The abortion procedures available to you will depend on the gestational age of your pregnancy. For example, medical abortions, commonly referred to as “the abortion pill” are only available to women who are 10 weeks pregnant or less. After that, only surgical abortions, which are more invasive, are available. The staff at Options for Women can perform an ultrasound to determine how far along you are, so you can weigh your options.
Prior to visiting an abortion clinic, it is important that you are tested for STIs. Having an untreated STI like Gonorrhea or Chlamydia prior to an abortion greatly increases your risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID.) PID can cause infertility, an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and develop into chronic pelvic pain. At Options for Women, you can be tested and treated for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, Options for Women is here to help. We’re available to discuss your options, answer your questions, or just to listen. We know you’re experiencing many different thoughts and feelings, and our staff is ready to help you make a decision.
Make an appointment with us today to get you the care you need.
Our center offers consultations and accurate information about all pregnancy options, but we do not offer or refer for abortion services.