If you are pregnant and considering abortion, there are some important steps you need to take for the sake of your health before making your decision.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
You may have already taken an at-home pregnancy test and gotten a positive result. But did you know that while home pregnancy tests are usually very accurate, it is still possible to get a false positive?
That’s why it’s important to confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test. These tests can often be done at your doctor’s office, but many women’s health centers will provide in-clinic testing free of charge.
Receive an Ultrasound Scan
Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy an ultrasound scan is the next step that will provide you with important details about your pregnancy.
These details include:
Age of Pregnancy: Determining the age of your pregnancy is important in learning what options are available to you. For example, a medical abortion, commonly referred to as the “abortion pill”, is only available if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less.
Viability of Pregnancy: 10-20% of pregnancies result in a natural miscarriage. If your pregnancy is not viable then no action is needed to terminate the pregnancy.
Location of Pregnancy: While the risk is usually slight, there is a chance that you could have an ectopic pregnancy. This condition occurs when the embryo attaches and begins to grow somewhere outside the uterus, such as in a fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition that requires immediate medical intervention to protect your health.
Understand Potential Risks
In any abortion procedure, there is a chance for risks that can jeopardize your health.
The risks can vary depending on the type of abortion procedure, but include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Additional risks you may encounter include:
- Perforation of the uterus.
- Damage to the cervix.
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall.
Get the Answers You Need
It’s your body and your health, so you deserve to know all the details about your pregnancy and what options are available to you.
The medical staff at Choices are ready to help. Our team can provide you with a free medical-grade pregnancy test and follow-up ultrasound to provide you with all the details you need to know about your pregnancy.
They will also take the time to answer all your questions and explain all the options available to you.
Contact us today for a free appointment and get the answers you need to empower you to make the best decision for yourself.