If considering abortion, you need confirmation of 3 things: a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound confirming a viable pregnancy, and negative STD testing. Taking the proper steps will help protect your health.
Beyond the basics, it’s also critical to consider the risks, side effects, and also envision your future. You have options and each one will change your life, so think it through before moving forward.
Here are the three things that are important to confirm before an abortion:
A Positive Pregnancy Test
Testing positive for pregnancy is probably why you searched online for abortion, but you should confirm the results. Mayo Clinic estimates about ten to twenty percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and the number could even be higher. Certain medications and user errors can also lead to false-positive pregnancy test results.
Some women may begin with a positive pregnancy test, but then later have a negative test. This could be due to a chemical pregnancy, a name for a very early miscarriage.
Whether you had a positive result or think you might be pregnant, schedule a no-cost appointment and we can verify for you.
An Ultrasound Proving Viability
Once you’ve verified your pregnancy test result, it’s time for an ultrasound. An ultrasound will provide more details to confirm how far along you are, if the pregnancy is viable, and rule out ectopic pregnancy.
Knowing how far along you are will help you understand which pregnancy options you’re eligible for in your state. Medication abortion (the abortion pill) is only available for women who are 10 weeks pregnant or less. After this timeframe, women are only eligible for surgical abortion in a clinical setting. The price of the abortion procedure will increase the farther along you are in your pregnancy.
If the pregnancy isn’t viable or you do have an ectopic pregnancy, we’ll point you in the right direction to make sure you get the medical care and help you need.
Negative STD Tests
STD testing and treatment will help protect your future reproductive health.
Many women have STDs without any visible signs or symptoms. If you proceed with an abortion without STD testing and treatment beforehand, you run the risk of spreading an infection deeper into your reproductive system. This can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause permanent damage that threatens your fertility.
Whether you’re seeking abortion or not, STD testing is a must if you’re sexually active. We offer STD testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia at our clinic at no cost to the women in our community.
Only You Can Decide Your Future
After learning about every option and gathering all the education/information, only you can make the final decision. As you move through this process, our coaches and healthcare professionals will support you by listening and offering education/information and free pregnancy services.
Schedule an appointment at our clinic by filling out our online form. We’re here to help you.