Before any woman receives an abortion, she must complete 3 important steps to protect her health: pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, and an options consultation. These three steps are provided at no cost at Life Choices Community Pregnancy Clinic.
1. Pregnancy Testing
Even if you have received a positive result from a drugstore pregnancy test, your first step should be to confirm the results with a high-quality pregnancy test. False responses are rare, but occasionally they do occur. Verifying your results with a pregnancy test at our clinic can give you peace of mind.
2. A Limited Ultrasound
If your confirmation pregnancy test is positive, your next step is an ultrasound to determine your pregnancy’s viability, date, and location.
- Viability—this information is necessary even if a woman is pursuing an abortion because around 20% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriages. If her pregnancy is not developing, this step means a woman can avoid an unnecessary medical procedure.
- Date—the abortion procedure indicated for a woman’s pregnancy is determined partly by how far along her pregnancy is (gestational age). For example, the abortion pill is only approved for pregnancies under 10 weeks.
- Location—Abortion does not effectively treat ectopic pregnancy, a condition in which a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. As the embryo grows, it can cause life-threatening complications. Early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy through ultrasound is crucial to intervene before the condition endangers the woman’s life.
At Life Choices Community Pregnancy Clinic, we provide free limited ultrasounds so you can have all the information you need to make a confident choice.
3. An Options Consultation
Though you may be considering abortion, you may still have questions and concerns about your unique pregnancy and the risks and side effects of abortion. You deserve the facts.
You may also have questions about your other options. Our team can help you answer the following questions:
- What kinds of abortion are available to you?
- What are your rights with abortion providers?
- Are there any short-term or long-term risks to consider?
Reach out to us today to learn more about your options and discuss your health. Schedule an initial pregnancy test appointment today.