I Think I’m Pregnant! Now What?

I think I'm pregnant

At Her Health Women’s Center, we are committed to giving you the answers you need. Only you can make the final decision concerning the outcome of your pregnancy.

The first step is to discover if you are really pregnant. Her Health Women’s Center purchases reliable pregnancy tests and they are administered by one of the nurses on our staff. Our recommendation is to wait until you have missed a period to schedule your appointment.

Her Health Women’s Center also offers free ultrasounds, to women who are at least five weeks and one day pregnant.  Limited early ultrasound is needed for 3 vital purposes:

  • To find out how far along the pregnancy is.
  • To make sure the pregnancy is in the uterus
  • To determine if the pregnancy is viable (or will continue).

Statistics show that up to 30% of all pregnancies are lost to miscarriage and 80% of those occur in the first trimester.  If the pregnancy does not continue, a decision on what to do next is no longer necessary. Counseling services are offered in the event of a miscarriage or abortion.

It is also important to learn whether or not you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two common STI’s that can be dangerous if not treated, especially if a surgical abortion is going to be done. Both of these infections can be carried into the uterus when an abortion is performed. Untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea greatly increase the risk for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility, chances of future tubal pregnancy or chronic pelvic pain.  Her Health Women’s Center can test for both of these STI’s free of charge.  If positive results are found, you will be provided with a prescription to treat the infection.

Even if you aren’t pregnant, but have had unprotected sex that led to chlamydia or gonorrhea, treatment is necessary to prevent further health problems as mentioned above, and  Her Health Women’s Center can help you with that.   If you plan to carry your baby to term, you would also want to know if you have any STI’s and be treated before delivery for your health and the health of your baby.  Your health care provider will do those tests at your OB appointment.

As in all areas of life, information is power!  Good decisions are based on reliable, factual information. The caring staff at Her Health Women’s Center can provide that information. To make an appointment, please call our Helpline at 712-224-2000.

If you think you might be pregnant, Her Health Women’s Center is your BEST first step!

 

RESOURCES:
https://www.uptodate.com/contents/miscarriage-beyond-the-basics
https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm

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