Before You Get an Abortion Procedure

1. Verify Your Pregnancy

We know the prospect of being pregnant is scary. But before deciding what to do next, you first need to determine whether or not you are actually pregnant. Her Health Women’s Center can help with that. We provide laboratory quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate and offers a limited OB ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.

2. Get an Ultrasound

In the event you are pregnant, an ultrasound is a logical and important next step, especially if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus) or if you might naturally miscarry.

3. Get Tested for STDs

Before choosing an abortion clinic, it’s wise to get tested for STDs. We recognize that can be an uncomfortable subject to bring up, but it’s important that you know that we take your privacy seriously and would never do anything to jeopardize it. Here’s why talking about STDs is so important: Many women with STDs are asymptomatic and do not realize they are infected. Women who undergo a termination procedure with an untreated STD are up to 25% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.

Understanding Different Abortion Procedures

There is not just one single type of abortion — different procedures require different methods and being fully informed will help you reach the decision that’s best for you. You deserve to know the facts. At Her Health Women’s Center, we will walk you through the whole thing and educate you on the different abortion methods that may be available to you. Our caring staff will help you understand what you can expect from each type of abortion procedure and present documented abortion risk factors so that you can make an informed decision.

1. Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)

The abortion pill is exactly what it sounds like: a pill you take home that terminates the pregnancy, typically accompanied by significant cramping and bleeding. These pills use RU-486 or other types of chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy. This method of termination is used up to 70 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete. Like all medical procedures, the abortion pill is not guaranteed to work as intended. If you have any questions about this method of abortion whatsoever, please do not hesitate to give Her Health Women’s Center a call or visit us in person. We are here to help.

2. Surgical Abortion

The prospect of surgery, regardless of what type, can be a frightening idea. However, if you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion can be necessary. As the name implies, a surgical abortion is a surgical procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of surgical procedures and different methods (depending on how far along you are), all of which we can help you understand so you can make an informed decision.

Questions to Ask if Seeking An Abortion

If you are considering getting an abortion, there are a lot of questions to think about before deciding what to do.

  • Am I really pregnant?
  • How far along in the pregnancy am I?
  • Do I have an STD?
  • What abortion methods can be used?
  • What happens after an abortion?
  • Are there other options available to me?
  • What if I have already had an abortion?
  • Make an appointment to discuss abortion procedures and get answers to your questions about pregnancy and abortion.

 

No One Can Decide for You.

When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it’s your decision, and no one should decide for you. Our staff and client advocates will give you the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision for yourself.