How to Make a Decision About an Unplanned Pregnancy

There is plenty of information aimed at scaring pregnant women into a decision they don’t feel comfortable making. We try to avoid being another source of fear and anxiety. Our goal is to deliver insightful, encouraging, and factual information to help you make your own decision. While information is helpful, without knowing what steps to take, making your decision can be very difficult and confusing. We want to make sure we address every question and concern you may have as you make your decision about an unplanned pregnancy.

Confirming Your Pregnancy

A pregnancy test can only detect a hormone typically present during pregnancy. The only way to accurately confirm a viable pregnancy is with an ultrasound. Nearly 20% of all pregnancies are not viable, meaning they cannot or will not continue on their own, and if viability is not confirmed with an ultrasound, an abortion may not be necessary to terminate the pregnancy. An ultrasound is a vital step to take when you suspect you’re pregnant because it can verify the age of the pregnancy. The age of your pregnancy helps us supply you with the information concerning the types of abortion you’re able to have. Abortion procedures vary during certain stages of pregnancy so it’s important to know your options.

STD Screening

You may wonder why you should be screened for an STD during a pre-abortion appointment. In order to help protect your reproductive health, we highly recommend testing for the two most common STDs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you choose to have an abortion with an unidentified and untreated STD, you are susceptible to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can develop when the uterus is opened during an abortion and infected cells travel into the uterus. To help avoid a life-long struggle with reproductive health and possible future infertility, an STD test is given during your free appointment at Willowbrook.

Why Willowbrook

Many abortion clinics do not perform ultrasounds or STD screenings before they perform an abortion. This can lead to an unnecessary procedure if there is not a viable pregnancy to abort in the first place. We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you. Our licensed medical professionals can provide you with the best care while making you feel at ease.

We want to welcome you to come to visit Willowbrook Women’s Center for medical, emotional, and physical support as you make one of life’s most difficult decisions. You should never have to make a decision about an unplanned pregnancy without receiving accurate and unbiased information and having someone help make sense of it all. During your free appointment at Willowbrook, you will receive compassionate care from one of our advocates and medical staff who will walk you through your entire appointment and make sure you feel comfortable.

 

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I’m Pregnant: What are My Next Steps?

When discovering you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are a lot of things to think about. After the fear takes its toll and throws your world into chaos, you’ll probably ask, “What are my next steps?”

As you consider what to do next, find a quiet place where you can sit down and do your best to focus. What would you tell your best friend if she found herself in the same situation? That might be a starting point. Pretty quickly, though, it will become important to talk it over with someone.

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know that you need more than an inner conversation in order to make the best decision. We are here to offer support, equip you with the critical information you need, and provide you with the necessary services to make an informed decision.

Support

Most women need support from others. A shoulder to lean on. A compassionate person to cry with. Someone to talk to. It’s part of our internal make-up.

We are here for you, no matter what frame of mind you are in. You might be angry and need to vent. Perhaps you are sad or confused. Or maybe you don’t feel as though it’s really happening to you. Whatever you are feeling, it’s ok.

There’s no need to be embarrassed. Chances are pretty good we’ve heard it from someone else. And while we are offering support to you, we are always professional, and keep everything confidential.

Critical Information

By now you probably know you have three choices—abortion, adoption and parenting. We are here to give you critical information on all three of them so that you can be confident in the choice you ultimately make.

We can help you understand the differences between different abortion procedures, how they work, and explain why the free testing we offer is so important. Other information we will give you covers adoption and parenting, and what those choices could mean for you.

Our Services

Now that you’re thinking about coming in for support and to learn more about your options, let’s talk about the free services we offer, and why it’s important you take advantage of them.

The first step is taking a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm you are pregnant. Sure, you took one at home, and it was probably correct, but there is no harm in making sure. If it was wrong, and you are considering abortion, we don’t want you to have a procedure you may not need.

If the results come back positive, we will offer you an ultrasound to make sure your pregnancy is viable, to rule out an ectopic pregnancy (which can be life-threatening), and to tell you how far along your pregnancy is.

We also offer testing for STDs. An untreated STD can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) should you have an abortion. PID causes chronic pain and fertility problems, something easily avoided with treatment, which we can refer you to a doctor for if necessary.

Make an appointment and come in to see us right away so we can help you through this difficult time in your life.

 

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Where Can I Receive Pre-Abortion Care?

If you’ve just discovered you are unexpectedly pregnant, you might feel numb, or in a panic, or even both. You aren’t alone.

When your mind is whirling with all the “what if’s” and all you can think is “why me,” it can be hard to know what to do, or where to start. If you can find a quiet, calming place where you can sit down, take a deep breath, and get comfortable, it might help give you a bit of peace so you can consider what your options are.

If you think having an abortion might be the right path for you, you could be wondering where you can receive pre-abortion care.

What is that?

Pre-abortion care is another way of saying you are looking for confidential services, completely unbiased information, and compassionate, supportive care as you explore your choices for your unplanned pregnancy, particularly abortion.

Why Choose Us?

We are your first step. At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we will make sure you get the critical, unbiased information you need, and we will provide the services necessary to make an informed decision. This will give you the confidence to know that the decisions you make are what is best for you.

Pre-Abortion Care

Come in and we will offer you a free, laboratory-quality pregnancy test. These tests are more accurate than most over-the-counter tests, and even if you have taken a test at home, it’s best to have a licensed health professional give you a test to confirm your at-home test results.

You can’t be too careful and our pre-abortion care can help you avoid paying for an abortion you may not need. Miscarriage can happen, and in up to 25 percent of pregnancies it does. Close to 80 percent of those will happen during the first 12 weeks, many before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

If you have a positive pregnancy test, we will provide you with a free ultrasound as well. That test will show if your pregnancy is viable, will determine the gestational age, and can detect an ectopic pregnancy (a dangerous condition requiring medical treatment).

Another important factor, especially when considering an abortion, is testing for STDs, something we can do for you at no cost. Don’t be fooled into thinking you aren’t at risk just because you have no symptoms, as this is often the case.

If you have an abortion with an untreated STD, you run a risk of having the bacteria move into your reproductive tract during the abortion procedure and turning into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause chronic pain in your lower abdomen, fever, an unusual discharge with a bad odor from your vagina, pain and/or bleeding when you have sex, a burning sensation when you urinate, or bleeding between periods.

If your STD test comes back positive, we will give you a referral for treatment.

Unbiased, Critical Information

We will also give you the critical information you need to understand abortion and the different procedures available, dependent upon how far along your pregnancy is. We will go over all the information with you, make sure we answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision.

All appointments are professional, confidential and no cost to you. Contact us today. We are here to give you support and help you through this time in your life.

 

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Is the Abortion Pill the Same as the Morning-After Pill?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are most likely looking at what options you have. It wouldn’t be surprising if you were wondering if the Abortion Pill is the same thing as the Morning-After Pill.

It can be overwhelming when trying to sort through all of the information that’s out there, especially when a lot of it is either not explained well, or flat-out wrong. When it comes to both those pills, they are different, are used at different times, and yet the end result—of not being pregnant—is the same.

The Abortion Pill terminates a pregnancy. The Morning-After Pill stops the pregnancy from taking place. To understand how they work, how they are used, when they are taken, and more, read on.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is actually two pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken some time apart as prescribed by a doctor, which ends a pregnancy. It is a medical procedure that is different from a miscarriage, which is the ending of a pregnancy due to natural causes.

The abortion pill is approved by the FDA for use to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks after your last menstrual period,” according to AmericanPregnancy.org. “This means that the abortion pill may be taken up to 70 days or a little over 2 months after the first day of your last period.”

“If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant and considering an abortion, you will need to look at surgical abortion procedure options because the embryo is too developed for these medications to terminate completely.”

There are physical side effects from the abortion pill, and they can vary from woman to woman. Possible side effects include: abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, spotting and bleeding.

What is the Morning-After Pill?

The Morning-After Pill is emergency contraception, intended to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. It can also be taken if your contraception fails, such as a broken condom or you forget to take a contraceptive pill. It is also used in cases of sexual assault.

“Emergency contraception works through high doses of the synthetic hormones of estrogen and progestin, or progestin only, which help regulate ovulation and fertility similar to the way in which the natural forms of these hormones work,” says AmericanPregnancy.org.

American Pregnancy also noted that it may prevent pregnancy through one or more of these three methods: prevents or reduces the probability of an egg being released from the ovaries; thickens the cervical mucus, decreasing the chance of the sperm reaching and fertilizing the egg; and it changes the lining of the uterus, decreasing the probability of implantation. It should not be used as a replacement for contraception as the effectiveness is much lower.

Side effects can include headaches, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, irregular period, breast tenderness, and abdominal pain. If you are having pregnancy symptoms, you are cautioned to take a pregnancy test before taking the Morning-After Pill as it is not recommended for those who are already pregnant.

Think You’re Pregnant?

If you think you are pregnant, make an appointment to come see us at Willowbrook Women’s Center. Our caring patient advocates are here to offer you support as you decide which path to take. We offer lab-quality pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and limited STD testing for our clients.

 

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