If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s essential to learn as much as you can about the procedure to protect your health and safety.
If you’re considering an abortion, read this article to learn more about recommended health screenings. Or, if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy, contact us today to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are free and confidential.
Take a Pregnancy Test
Before you make an appointment for an abortion, the first step after you suspect you are pregnant is to confirm your pregnancy with a positive pregnancy test. We offer free pregnancy testing at our clinic, or you can purchase a pregnancy test at most drugstores.
Schedule an Ultrasound
If you receive a positive result on a pregnancy test, the next step is to receive an ultrasound. This simple scan will provide a digital image of your pregnancy that can help determine:
- Pregnancy’s age (this affects your eligibility for the abortion pill)
- Pregnancy’s viability (up to 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage)
- Pregnancy location (can confirm an ectopic pregnancy)
If your pregnancy is past 11 weeks gestation, or if you’re experiencing a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, you aren’t eligible for the abortion pill.
Get STD Testing
One in 5 Americans will have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at some point in their life, and the CDC recommends getting tested if you’re pregnant. This is because STDs can cause premature delivery or an infection in the womb after birth.
Even if you or your sexual partner aren’t displaying symptoms, you could both be infected and not know it because many STDs are asymptomatic.
At Women’s Clinics, we offer free STD testing for the most common types of STDs so you can have peace of mind.
You deserve to have all the facts before making a major decision that could impact your health.
At Women’s Clinics, we exist to provide you with medically accurate information about your pregnancy and to share a confidential space for you to ask questions or share any concerns. Contact us today to make an appointment! We’re here for you.