You didn’t expect to be unexpectedly pregnant. Having to decide whether or not to have an abortion wasn’t in your plans either — and it may be the most stressful decision you’ve ever faced.
It’s common for your mind to be racing with unanswered questions: Am I really pregnant? What now? What are my options? Is abortion painful?
You don’t have to walk through the uncertainty alone. You deserve accurate answers and a safe place to process your thoughts and fears. And Willowbrook can help.
You’re the only one who can determine what is best for you and your unique situation. We offer you a judgment-free zone where you can get your questions answered by compassionate medical staff, empowering you to make an informed decision.
Your first step begins with a no-cost pre-abortion screening.
WHAT IS A PRE-ABORTION SCREENING?
A pre-abortion screening is a critical appointment because it equips you with the facts you need to make a fully informed decision about your unexpected pregnancy.
A pre-abortion screening may include the following:
- A medical-grade pregnancy test
- A pregnancy ultrasound
- STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing
- Education about pregnancy, abortion, and pregnancy options
BE SURE YOU’RE PREGNANT BEFORE HAVING AN ABORTION
Did you know that you can have a positive pregnancy test but have a pregnancy with no chance of survival? This is called a non-viable pregnancy, and it’s fairly common.
Miscarriage is the loss of a non-viable pregnancy before the twentieth week. As many as 50 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. About 15 to 25 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage — and 80 percent of all miscarriages happen in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.
To protect you from having an unnecessary abortion for a pregnancy that has a zero survival chance, a licensed medical professional will confirm whether or not you have a viable pregnancy. To do that, we start with lab-quality pregnancy testing as part of your pre-abortion screening.
If your pregnancy test is positive at our center, we may offer a limited pregnancy ultrasound.
WHY DO I NEED AN ULTRASOUND BEFORE AN ABORTION?
You might be wondering why you need an ultrasound if you’ve decided on abortion, and it’s a good question.
A pregnancy ultrasound is important no matter what your next steps are because it tells you critical information:
- How far along you are in your pregnancy, which affects the options and procedures available to you.
- If your pregnancy is viable. An abortion won’t be needed if the ultrasound reveals a pregnancy that isn’t viable.
After confirming a positive pregnancy test and a viable pregnancy by ultrasound, the next step is a simple urine STD test.
WHY DO I NEED STD TESTING BEFORE AN ABORTION?
Since one in every five people has an STD, the chances are high that you know someone with an STD. Eighty percent of people infected with an STD don’t have symptoms, which prevents them from getting tested.
So what does STD testing have to do with abortion? If you have an abortion while you also have an undiagnosed, untreated STD, you’re at risk for a severe complication called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
PID is an infection that can cause lifelong consequences, including chronic pain and the inability to become pregnant in the future. STD testing and treatment, if needed, is a valuable step to protecting your reproductive health from PID.
WHAT ARE MY ABORTION OPTIONS?
Once you know you have a viable pregnancy, we can help you explore which abortion methods are available to you at your stage of pregnancy. Without bias or judgment of any kind, we will discuss what you can expect from each abortion procedure, talk with you about potential risks, and answer your questions, which will allow you to make an educated decision.
HOW MUCH DOES AN ABORTION COST?
The cost of an abortion varies depending on the abortion provider and the procedure which you qualify for, which is based on how far along you are. Typically, the further along you are in your pregnancy, the higher the cost for an abortion.
Typical abortion costs:
- Medical abortion/abortion pill (FDA approved up to 10 weeks of pregnancy): $550-$700
- Surgical abortion (up to 16 weeks of pregnancy): $700-$1,600
- Surgical abortion (16 to 24 weeks of pregnancy): $1,500-$2,100
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW?
While abortion may seem like the best solution for an unexpected pregnancy, you deserve the opportunity to be fully informed about all your options. Willowbrook Women’s Center is a medical clinic where you can count on receiving excellent information and care regardless of the decision you make about your pregnancy.
When you’re thinking about abortion, complete your first step with us. All services are confidential and offered at no cost to you by caring, licensed medical professionals.
BEFORE SEEKING AN ABORTION
Are you considering abortion, but all your unanswered questions are causing you to feel anxious? You can receive information and discuss your unique situation with us. Our advocates are excellent listeners and deeply compassionate about what you’re going through.
Our licensed medical staff will discuss the abortion methods available in your situation and address your questions until you feel that you can make your decision with confidence.