How Early Can I Get an Abortion?

When you suspect you’re pregnant, logic and clarity go right out the window. You may want kids, but maybe this isn’t when you want them. There is no way to prepare for an unexpected or untimely pregnancy. But when the stick turns pink, there’s somewhere you can go to get answers: Willowbrook Women’s Center. 

Pregnancy Signs

There are a variety of symptoms you may experience before you take a pregnancy test. You may have missed your period, felt extra tired, been moody, gassy, nauseous, or felt like you had to pee every few minutes. All of these symptoms separately can be caused by a host of other things, but put together, they often point to early signs of pregnancy. In fact, there are quite a few symptoms for early pregnancy that can often be dismissed as “just not feeling good.” If you suspect you’re pregnant, an at-home pregnancy test can help put your mind at ease, unless it says, “pregnant.”

First Steps

So now what? Before panic sets in, you should know that a positive pregnancy test can be false. It’s not frequent, but if the test is expired or isn’t administered properly, it can lead to a false positive. The only way to confirm a viable pregnancy is to have an ultrasound. In fact, 33 percent of all pregnancies naturally terminate before the twentieth week.  Or you may have an ectopic pregnancy which means the embryo implanted in the fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus. This requires immediate medical attention to remove.

When Can I Have an Abortion?

Depending on how far along the pregnancy is, there are several different abortion methods. Though not recommended, both medical and surgical abortions could be performed without confirming a pregnancy. Checking pregnancy placement and viability would be your first step in determining if abortion is an option.  

Why Willowbrook?

Willowbrook Women’s Center provides a pre-abortion screening and accurate, unbiased pregnancy and abortion information at no cost. We know how confusing and tempting it can be to hide from the truth when you’re hurting, but we help equip and guide you through your decision-making process, so you can feel comfortable and empowered in your decision. You have nothing to lose with your pre-abortion screening from Willowbrook Women’s Center. If you’re looking for answers and don’t know where to go or who to trust, make your free and confidential appointment today.

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 “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

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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Questions to Ask Before an Abortion

All major life events come with questions. Whether buying a house, starting a new job, or having a medical procedure done, there are questions to be asked, there is research to be done. The same is true if you are considering an abortion.

Questions to Ask Yourself

The first questions to ask are personal–questions only you can answer. Asking these questions can help you as you get deeper into looking at all your options, particularly abortion. They’re important because you probably haven’t had a reason until now to consider some of them. Your answers will help you to see more clearly your values and goals as they relate to being pregnant and what your future may hold.

Consider: Is this your decision, or are you being pressured by others? Have you thoroughly looked at all the options open to you, their benefits and their risks? How will you feel about the decision you make in the future?

Questions to Ask Before an Abortion

There are a lot of questions you should ask before an abortion, so you are prepared if you choose to go ahead with the procedure.

Consider asking: What options do I have? What is the name of the doctor who will perform the abortion? Does he/she have admitting rights to the local hospital in case of complications? Will I be tested for STDs before the procedure? How much does it cost?

Other procedure-related questions include: How long will I be at the clinic? Can I bring a friend with me? Will there be a nurse with me before, during, and after the abortion? Will my privacy be protected? Will my abortion be performed by someone in training? Will I have to deal with protesters outside the clinic? Is follow-up counseling provided?

If any of the answers you receive make you uncomfortable, take some time to think things through before committing to an abortion appointment.

Come in for Pregnancy Screening and Answers to Your Questions

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know an unexpected pregnancy is hard. You might be in full-blown panic mode or just feeling completely overwhelmed. You could probably use a steady, calm environment with people who have only your best interest in mind.

Make an appointment to come in and talk with one of our advocates. We will offer you a lab-grade pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy, an ultrasound if the test is positive to confirm the viability of the pregnancy, and STD testing to make sure you don’t risk pelvic inflammatory disease should you have an abortion.

Our advocates will help you sort through all the information you receive and make sure you have honest, unbiased information on all the options open to you. We offer this free of charge in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment so you are able to move forward with confidence that you are making the best possible decision for yourself.


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