What do you need before an abortion?
Pregnancy can bring about many different feelings. If you're experiencing a pregnancy you didn't expect, your mind is likely full of every possible "what if" scenario. It's important to remember that you are not alone, and support is available! Whether you're worried about what people might think, anxious about the costs associated with what's to come, or simply not ready to parent, these feelings are authentic and valid.
As you analyze your pregnancy options, start by gathering vital information about your pregnancy and your options. Remember, this is your choice, and you deserve all information regarding your options.
For women considering abortion, here are four necessary things you'll need before an abortion:
1) CONFIRM YOUR PREGNANCY WITH A LAB-QUALITY PREGNANCY TEST
You've likely already taken a store-bought pregnancy test in your bathroom. Before you book your abortion appointment, you'll want to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality test provided by a clinic like ours.
Our tests measure the hCG in urine for the most accurate results at no cost to you. Once we confirm your pregnancy, one of our medical professionals will explain your results and help you take the following steps.
2) GET A FREE ULTRASOUND
To make an informed decision about your pregnancy, you'll need to understand your options thoroughly. An ultrasound will help you gather important information on your pregnancy, like its location, gestational age, and viability.
Because the stage of your pregnancy determines the type of abortion procedure and may also impact associated risks and pricing, it's essential to know how far along you are. You'll also find out if your pregnancy is viable (meaning a heartbeat was detected) and located in the uterus. Pregnancies found outside of the uterus are nonviable and can also be life-threatening, requiring urgent medical care.
3) STD TESTING & TREATMENT
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) pose a severe risk to reproductive and overall health, especially if left untreated. Any procedure (including medical abortion) increases the risk of bacteria from outside your body being carried into your cervix.
STD testing and treatment are critical before an abortion because STDs often show no symptoms. The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people in the US has an STD. Women who have an untreated STD are more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure.
4) ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
In addition to receiving a pregnancy test, an ultrasound scan, and STD testing, you will want answers to your questions and further information regarding your options.
Here at Hope Women's Resource Clinic, we understand that women deserve access to information about their options to make the choice that's right for them. Our trained advocates will be there to listen to your fears, inform you of the resources available to you, and walk alongside you every step of the way.
Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy? Consider what you need before an abortion. Contact us to schedule a free appointment in a safe and confidential space for these services.