New Relationship: Unplanned Pregnancy

Being in a new relationship is exciting and scary at the same time. You’re just beginning to get to know each other and figuring out if you are a good fit together. Finding out you have an unplanned pregnancy adds a whole bunch of new questions into the mix.

How do you tell him you’re pregnant? How will he feel about it? What will he want you to do? Even more than those questions, how do you feel about it? What should you do? What is the best decision for you?

We Can Help You

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we can help you answer some of these questions, give you all the information you need to make the right decision for you, and give you guidance on how to tell him you’re pregnant.

Our advocates and licensed medical personnel are here for YOU. We will provide you with unbiased, truthful information in a non-judgmental environment to help guide you in your decision-making process.

Additional Testing Offered

We will listen to your concerns and will offer you a free, lab-quality pregnancy test to make sure you receive accurate results. Some home tests may not give accurate results, could be expired, or might have been taken too early.

If your test comes back positive, we recommend you have a free ultrasound done at our office, especially if you are considering an abortion. This will allow us to make sure your pregnancy is viable and not ectopic, a condition that is dangerous and requires medical attention. It will also tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Sometimes an ultrasound will show that the pregnancy, for one of many different reasons besides ectopic, is not viable and likely to result in a miscarriage. Between 15 and 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and we don’t want you to have a procedure done which is unnecessary.

STD testing is another important step to be taken if considering an abortion. If gone untreated, and an abortion is performed, an STD could lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and lifelong reproductive problems and pain. With testing, we can then refer you to a clinic for treatment.

Information Provided

We will also answer your questions about all options open to you: abortion, parenting and adoption. There is no pressure to choose one option over another. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice for you.

Willowbrook Women’s Center is a safe place for you to discuss these options with an advocate and licensed medical staff you can trust. They can explain the different abortion procedures, what they cost, and the risk factors associated with each of the procedures. They can also give you information about parenting and adoption.

Make an appointment today so we can meet you and help you find the answers you need.

 

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How Late Can You Have an Abortion in Missouri

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, a lot of things go through your mind—denial, shock, fear, or nothing, you just feel frozen, unable to do much of anything. Every woman’s reaction in this situation is different.

Because pregnancy options don’t usually change for several weeks, you have time to get all your information lined up. It’s important that you feel confident in your pregnancy decision. In other words: don’t panic.

Tests are Critical

You might be thinking, “I already took a test. It said I’m pregnant. So why do I need more?”

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we give free, medical-grade pregnancy tests to make sure the home result was accurate. Sometimes tests have expired or weren’t administered properly and they can result in false positive results.

Once that has been done, and a positive result verified, an ultrasound needs to be administered to make sure the pregnancy is viable. One in three pregnancies self-terminate during the first trimester. If the pregnancy isn’t viable, or if it’s ectopic and requires immediate medical care to remove it from the fallopian tubes, there is no point in further decision making as it’s unnecessary.

If the pregnancy is deemed viable, then testing for STD/STIs is in order. Left untreated, STD/STIs present when an abortion is done, can result in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and also affect long-term reproductive health and fertility. If a positive result comes back, treatment will be needed (antibiotics).

How Far Along Am I

When the ultrasound is performed, the technician also checks to see the gestational age of the fetus. This is important because that is how they determine if an abortion can be done (if desired), and which procedure would be necessary as it’s based on gestational age. As the gestational age increases, the procedures become more involved and costlier. Learn more about abortion in Missouri.

Currently, abortions in Missouri can only be performed up until 21 weeks and six days gestational age. A house bill has passed this year, seeking to change it to 20 weeks, but it has failed in the Missouri Senate.

There was a different change approved that went into effect May 1, 2018. One of the provisions requires women to receive counseling meeting the state’s informed consent laws, then waiting 72 hours before having the procedure done. The counseling must be done in person, before the waiting period begins, and administered by the same doctor who will perform the abortion.

Missouri’s informed consent law requires women, during the counseling session, to view an active ultrasound and sign a form pledging that they’ve read the Missouri Informed Consent Booklet.

In part, the booklet states, “Missouri law requires that the information provided in this booklet be given to women considering an abortion. The law also requires the women to be informed that ‘The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.’”

Make an appointment with us at Willowbrook Women’s Center. We will help you cut through all the noise and provide you with clear, unbiased facts so that you can make the best possible choice.

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