If you are considering abortion as an option,
make an appointment to confirm your pregnancy.
We offer pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds, so that that you will know if you are really pregnant and how far along you are. Many pregnancies end in natural miscarriage and some are ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy is located outside of the uterus and can be life-threatening to the mother. This information is important in considering abortion options and in protecting your health.
Depending on how far along you are, the methods of abortion vary. We can provide you with information about the procedures and risks involved with each method and about your options so that you can make an informed choice. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming and confusing. We are here to support you.
All of our services are free and your information is kept confidential. We do not perform or refer for abortions.
All of our services are free and your information is kept confidential.
• FAQs about abortion
- There are various types of abortions depending on how far along the pregnancy has developed.
- An ultrasound is needed to determine how far along the pregnancy is and if it’s viable (progressing) or possibly a miscarriage. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy which can be dangerous to the woman.
- There are known risks to having an abortion
- If you have an active sexually transmitted infection, it would be important to have that treated first before having an abortion. We can test for the two most common bacterial infections: gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Life-threatening ectopic pregnancies happen when the fertilized egg doesn’t make it all the way to the uterus. So, the baby starts to grow in the wrong place in your body. This is a condition that requires immediate medical attention and ultrasound can confirm whether this is happening.
An ultrasound can verify whether your pregnancy is in trouble. There is no reason to pursue abortion and submit yourself to abortion’s potential risks if the fetus has no heartbeat or your pregnancy is not developing normally.
- Heavy bleeding requiring transfusion
- Infection requiring antibiotics. Potential scarring from infection may interfere with future pregnancies.
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia which may be mild to severe and in extreme cases lead to death.
- Damage to organs leading to the need for surgical repair and or scarring. This may interfere with future pregnancies.
- Rh sensitization: all women undergoing an abortion should have their blood type tested to know if she is Rh negative. If she is and the pregnancy is 7 weeks or more from her last menstrual period, she must receive a Rhogam shot to prevent her body from making antibodies as this could cause serious problems with a future pregnancy.
- Death: the risk of death from complications of an abortion is extremely low in the first 8 weeks but increases as the pregnancy progresses. Death can occur from bleeding, infection, a punctured uterus or adverse reaction to anesthesia.
- Psychological and emotional: initially after an abortion, many women feel relief that the crisis of the pregnancy is over. However, for many women a different crisis can emerge. Women have reported the following: varying degrees of depression including suicidal thoughts, anxiety, anger, grief, destructive behavior, guilt, eating disorders, and difficulty bonding with partner or children
• Types of abortions
- Heavy bleeding: soaking a pad in an hour for 2 hours
- Abdominal pain or generally feeling sick including vomiting, weakness or diarrhea
- Fever of 100.4 F or greater