If you have an unplanned pregnancy, you may already know which option is best for you, such as abortion. Perhaps you have already decided and don’t feel you need additional information. But verifying health details and researching your options will help you make a more confident decision.
Even if you’re considering abortion, ensure you protect your health and receive the help you deserve. You are worth it! Continue reading to learn about the three things you should do before choosing abortion.
1.Have an Obstetric Ultrasound
Though an ultrasound may not seem necessary before having an abortion, it’s actually an essential part of the process. A limited obstetric ultrasound confirms key pregnancy details and alerts you to any conditions for which you’ll need additional medical care. Here is a list of the things an ultrasound checks for:
- Viability: Up to 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, so it’s critical to determine whether your pregnancy is viable and has a heartbeat.
- Gestational age: Knowing how far along you are will determine whether you are eligible for a medical or surgical abortion procedure.
- Pregnancy location: This is a crucial piece of information as it tells you whether your pregnancy is located in the uterus. Sometimes, women experience conditions such as ectopic pregnancy when the pregnancy is located elsewhere, such as in one of the fallopian tubes. This condition is dangerous and always requires further medical treatment.
Safeguard your health and receive an ultrasound today. Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic offers no-cost, confidential limited ultrasounds for your convenience.
2. Review Your Health History
In addition to getting an ultrasound, you’ll need a physical exam performed by a medical provider and share your complete health history with them. This is to ensure that you’re healthy enough to have an abortion and do not have any conditions or factors that could increase your risk of complications, such as:
- Having an intrauterine device (IUD) in place
- Having a bleeding disorder
- Being on steroid medications
- Being allergic to the drugs used
- Can’t make follow-up visits or access emergency care
- Are too far along in your pregnancy
- Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
- Take a blood thinner
Knowing this information and reviewing any allergies you may have will further protect you during this process.
3. Receive Options Counseling
Now that you’ve verified your health details, your next step is to review your options. Receiving options counseling is an excellent way to weigh the pros and cons of abortion, adoption, and parenting. You can ask any questions and determine which option is best for you.
Our clinic offers options counseling and walks you through the possibilities. We provide referrals and resources for adoption and parenting too. It’s easy to feel alone during an unplanned pregnancy, but know that we will walk alongside you as you consider your options. Our staff is here to help you!
You Can Do This
When you’re pregnant, abortion may seem like the easiest option. But know you have other choices and are stronger than you think. Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic is a medical facility with nurses who are here to help you and offer much-needed services. We offer telehealth care and are committed to providing a compassionate, confidential experience.
Contact us today to book an appointment. You matter to us!