Making a Pregnancy Decision Isn’t as Simple as Yes or No

When you’re not expecting or hoping for a positive pregnancy test, it’s easy to spiral out of control and frantically scramble to figure out what to do. We’re here to tell you to take a deep breath; nothing good ever comes out of panic, especially when it comes to such a monumental and complex choice. There’s a process, and you should follow it to get all the facts and make the best pregnancy decision for YOU.

Lab-Grade Test

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve gotten an at-home pregnancy test and received a positive result. However, store-bought tests are not always accurate. In order to receive 100% accurate results, your best bet is to visit a women’s health center where you can be formally tested by expertly trained, unbiased professionals. These urine or blood tests are more reliable than some over-the-counter brands.

Ultrasound

The second step isn’t to jump into making your pregnancy decision, but rather to further confirm the progress and status of your pregnancy. Statistics show there’s a one-in-three chance a woman will have a pregnancy which does not go full term due to miscarriage or other reasons, and 80% of those miscarriages happen within the first trimester. An ultrasound will confirm the viability of the pregnancy, how far along you are, placement of the pregnancy, and whether or not an “abortion vs. pregnancy” discussion is even necessary.

STD Testing

Nobody talks enough about how important STD/STI testing is when making a pregnancy decision. It’s crucial that you test for and treat any sexually transmitted infection before having any operation or procedure done on your body because the risks can change your life. If you have an abortion while infected with diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, the probability of you contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is increased by 25%. PID can affect your current well-being and even your future fertility if you choose to have children later on, so preventative measures are critical now.

Getting the Critical Information

What’s most important is your well-being and ensuring that you have enough information to be empowered to make the best pregnancy choice for you. Willowbrook Women’s Center offers a safe space and unbiased options so you can carefully consider all the possible outcomes, such as abortion, adoption, and parenting so you can confidently come to a decision.

Frustrating as it is, making pregnancy decisions isn’t as easy as yes or no. Every situation is different, and the best thing to do is ensure you receive the best care and information possible, so you feel empowered to make the choice that’s right for you. If you need thorough, unbiased information, schedule a free, confidential appointment to discuss all of your options!


How Many Weeks Do I Have to be to Have an Abortion?

There are many symptoms that may lead you to suspect you’re pregnant, such as fatigue, cravings, aversions, frequent urination, missed periods, nausea, and more. Of course, all of these symptoms alone don’t point directly to pregnancy but several of them together may be an indication of a potential pregnancy. Some women experience some less common signs including bloating, headaches, backaches, mood swings, or dizziness, all which can be attributed to other factors as well. With so many potential signs, it’s difficult to know if you’re pregnant and what to do about it.

Suspecting Pregnancy

A general rule is to take a pregnancy test after a full week after your missed period to receive the most accurate result. Even though a pregnancy test can be helpful, it isn’t always accurate, especially when it comes to confirming a viable pregnancy. There is only one way to confirm viability and it’s via an ultrasound.

Confirming Viability

Ultrasounds are the only way to accurately confirm pregnancy and its viability. Viability is the likelihood the pregnancy will continue to full term. Nearly 30% of pregnancies end naturally either by miscarriage or due to a non-viable pregnancy such as an ectopic pregnancy. Not only does having an ultrasound confirm viability, but it also allows you to date your pregnancy which helps you narrow down all legal abortion and pregnancy options available to you.

First Steps

After you’ve had a positive pregnancy test result and received an ultrasound, it’s time for one last test. A limited STD test for the two most common STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia, is more important than you know. If you are considering an abortion and have an unidentified and untreated STD, you open yourself up to the possibility of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. PID can develop after infected STD cells travel into the uterus during an abortion procedure. PID can lead to a lifetime struggle with reproductive health and potential infertility.

When Can I Have an Abortion?

There are different abortive procedures offered at different times during a pregnancy. During weeks 0-10, the abortion pill may be an option, but after that and until 21 weeks and 6 days, a surgical abortion may be an option. Be sure to get an ultrasound prior to an abortive procedure so you won’t pay for and undergo a procedure you don’t need. Be sure to Request a pre-abortion ultrasound and discuss all your options during your pre-abortion screening at Willowbrook Women’s Center.

There are hundreds of scenarios that may lead you to Willowbrook Women’s Center, but you can be sure of the excellent care and service you’ll receive from us. Our doors are always open to women from all walks of life dealing with an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy. We provide professional services to help arm women with all the information they need to help make the best decision for them. To schedule your no-cost appointment today, call us today.