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Clinic Relationships

Attentive vs. Non-consensual

My partner listens to me and respects me.

or

My partner forces me to do things I don’t want to do (sex or other things).

How loved and respected do you feel in your relationship?  Does your voice matter?  Are you heard?  If you are not comfortable going to a certain place, being with certain people, or doing certain things, does your partner respect that?  In some relationships, that respect is never there.  In others, it deteriorates over time.  You might feel pressure to do things that make you uncomfortable.  Maybe it’s drugs.  Maybe it’s something else you know is not legal…or just not right.  It might be watching porn.  Or having sex.  If you feel you are not being heard or respected, it’s a sign that you might not be in a healthy relationship.

If you think long term about your relationship, where is it going?  It might be that you have lost sight of what you want in a relationship for the long haul.  Most people want a relationship they can trust with a person who will listen, support, respect, and encourage them to be the best they can be.

Check out our free Life Sense classes.  We have one on relationships:  Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.  You can register at www.lifesenseclasses.org/classes/life-skills-classes/.

All of our services are free. Text us if you need a pregnancy test, information on abortion procedures and risks, or STD testing: 443.333.8856.

 

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Clinic Pregnancy Uncategorized

Can I get the Abortion Pill over the Internet?

The real question is: Should you get the Abortion Pill over the Internet?  There are many reasons that you should NOT based on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)’s warnings:

  • It is illegal.  The FDA has said that the Abortion Pill is not available in retail pharmacies and not legally available over the Internet.  The FDA warns consumers they should not buy it over the Internet because they will bypass important safeguards designed to protect their health.
  • It is important to accurately date your pregnancy.  Your last menstrual period provides initial dating but may not be completely accurate.  An ultrasound can accurately date your pregnancy (find out about obtaining a free ultrasound).
  • It is important to check for and be able to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo has attached outside of the uterus.  This can cause a serious medical emergency.  An ultrasound can also check for this.
  • In some cases, very heavy vaginal bleeding will need to be stopped by a surgical procedure.  It is important to have accurate information on signs and symptoms and where to get care.
  • It is important that whoever provides the abortion pill should investigate the possibility of sepsis in those women who have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain after taking the abortion pill. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection.
  • There are many women who medically should not take the abortion pill. 
  • As of December 31, 2018, there were reports of 24 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.

If you have looked at purchasing the abortion pill over the Internet, you are probably feeling very desperate about your possible pregnancy.  Our clinic can help.  All of our services are free of charge.  Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

Learn more at the FDA Website: Questions and Answers on Mifeprex.

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Clinic Pregnancy Pregnant

Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?

An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion, though sometimes they do.  The real question is how could an ultrasound benefit you?  Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s:

  • Viability Check: An ultrasound helps determine if your positive pregnancy test is really a living, growing pregnancy or just a response of hormones from a miscarriage.  If there is not a living, growing pregnancy, an abortion is not needed to end it.  The benefit here is clear: no emotional burden from having an abortion, no physical risk from having an abortion, no cost from having an abortion.   
  • Ruling out Ectopic Pregnancy: If an abortion is performed (whether by pills or surgery), it will not end a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy (and sometimes known as a tubal pregnancy, if growing specifically in the fallopian tube).  If undetected (and especially if not suspected, thinking the abortion ended the pregnancy), an ectopic pregnancy can be a dangerous medical situation.  An ultrasound looks for where the pregnancy is located.
  • Determination of Size/Age of Pregnancy:  Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along the pregnancy is.  While the date of the last menstrual period provides an initial estimate, it is often corrected by the date/age discovered in the ultrasound.

Con’s:

  • At many abortion facilities, there is a fee for an ultrasound or insurance is needed. 

HOWEVER, at the Pregnancy Clinic, all of our services are FREE of charge.  We are able to provide a free, viability ultrasound if you have a positive pregnancy test and are considering abortion.

Text us today for your appointment: 443.333.8856.

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Clinic Pregnant

Can I get an abortion if I’m under 17?

Maryland is a “Notification Only” state for minors seeking abortions.  That means that one of your parents is required to be notified about the decision to have an abortion.

However, parental notification is not required for appointments at our three pregnancy clinics in Annapolis, Bowie, and Severna Park.  We offer free and completely confidential services that include pregnancy tests and viability ultrasounds.  Our pregnancy tests are 99% accurate, laboratory grade pregnancy tests.  Even if you’ve taken one or more at home, we can do a simple test for free and go over your options and questions. 

If your test is positive and you are considering abortion, we can do a viability sonogram (most of the time the same day—especially if you make an appointment).  Our nurse sonographer will look to see if the pregnancy is viable (heading towards surviving).  That is an important first step in determining if an abortion is even needed or if the pregnancy is likely to end on its own.

Have a question or need a test?  Call or text: 443.333.8856.

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Clinic Pregnancy

What does my emotional health have to do with abortion?

Each woman (and man) should evaluate their past and present emotional health before considering an abortion procedure.  Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are your current struggles with depression and anxiety?  Both are at an increased risk with abortion.
  • What are your past moral convictions about abortion?  Often women say that they do not like the idea of abortion or even that they used to think abortion was wrong, but now that they are pregnant and overwhelmed, they don’t see another way.  It’s important to consider what it means emotionally to go against your convictions.
  • How will an abortion experience affect your ability to care for others?  Sometimes women or men think abortion is necessary because they have other children to care for already.  However, they may not be prepared for the emotional burden that comes with children being a reminder of the abortion of another child.

There are other things to consider as well depending on your own emotional and mental health history.  If you would like to discuss the abortion procedure, other options, or find out about viability sonograms, text us at 443.333.8856.  All of our services are free, and we often have same-day appointments.

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Clinic Pregnant Uncategorized

What affect does abortion have on mental health?

A 2018 review of literature took an objective look at the abortion and mental health controversy.

“There is general agreement that (a) abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion; (b) the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women; (c) there are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion; and (d) it is impossible to conduct research in this field in a manner that can definitively identify the extent to which any mental illnesses following abortion can be reliably attributed to abortion in and of itself.”

“Common ground among researchers exists regarding the very basic fact that at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience. In many cases, this may be due to feeling pressured into an abortion or choosing an abortion without sufficient attention to maternal desires or moral beliefs that may make it difficult to reconcile one’s choice with one’s self-identity.”

It is clear that mental health should be considered when contemplating an abortion procedure.  We’ll explore more about emotional and psychological risks associated with abortion in future posts.

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Clinic Pregnant Uncategorized

To share or not to share: Telling others about an unplanned pregnancy

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is tempting to keep the news to yourself if you have not yet decided to parent, have an abortion, or make an adoption plan.  However, big decisions (especially ones involving parenting, abortion, or adoption) are rarely a good idea to make in isolation.  Big decisions benefit from feedback and the challenge of others’ opinions in order to help you think through how the decision will affect you and those close to you.  In addition, secrets, especially ones involving something as life-changing as pregnancy and abortion, are hard to bare alone.

When it comes to parenting, abortion, or adoption, it’s also important to know what support or resources might be available to you from family, friends, and organizations.  If you are tempted to not tell someone, ask yourself these questions:

  • What feelings do I have towards myself about being pregnant right now?
  • What do I fear will happen if others know of the potential pregnancy?
  • How will I feel carrying the secret of a pregnancy alone in the years to come?

If you are not yet ready to tell a family member or friend, our Clinic is here to talk through your situation and options, including the pro’s and con’s of telling others.  All information is free and confidential.  To text for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

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Clinic Pregnancy Pregnant

Are there any serious adverse effects of the abortion pill?

From the FDA web site:

“It is not uncommon for the FDA to receive reports of serious adverse events for prescription drugs after they are approved. The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex. As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal. The adverse events cannot with certainty be causally attributed to mifepristone because of concurrent use of other drugs, other medical or surgical treatments, co-existing medical conditions, and information gaps about patient health status and clinical management of the patient.”

The web site goes on to say:

“All providers of medical abortion and emergency room healthcare practitioners should investigate the possibility of sepsis in women who are undergoing medical abortion and present with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection. Strong consideration should be given to obtaining a complete blood count in these patients. Significant leukocytosis with a marked left shift and hemoconcentration may be indicative of sepsis.”

 

If you have concerns or want to know more about the Abortion Pill Regimen, call/text our office for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

If you have only taken the first dose of the medical or chemical abortion and are having second-thoughts, you may be able to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline now: 1-877-558-0333.

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Clinic Pregnancy Pregnant

I’ve had an abortion and something doesn’t feel right, what should I do?

If you are considering abortion, be sure to

  • Verify that your pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound.
  • Discuss and research your options.
  • Receive STD testing.
  • Know the type of abortion clinic, procedure, risks and side effects.
  • Find out about the abortion clinic’s procedures for handling emergencies during and after the abortion.
  • Find out your legal rights should there be a medical mistake due to the abortion.

If you have had an abortion, and you suspect something is wrong physically, you should call your doctor or get to an Emergency Room right away.

If you have had an abortion, and you are not feeling right emotionally, please contact our office.  Many women have varying degrees of emotional reactions after their abortion. You do not need to suffer alone; we are here to help you after your abortion.

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Clinic Pregnancy Pregnant

I’ve taken the first medicine of the Abortion Pill, and now I’m panicking.

Ever since the Abortion Pill came on the market, we have experienced this type of question, primarily from callers at home. This is a very scary and emotionally painful situation to face in addition to an unplanned pregnancy.  Many women, are unaware of the process of the Abortion Pill regimen.  In our modern culture, taking a pill sounds similar to what we do for a headache.  With that said, there are two things to consider:

Learn about the Procedure

  • If you have not yet taken either pill, find out what the procedure is, how the pills work, what to expect, how long it will take, what the side effects and risks are, and what to do in case of an emergency. Medication abortion requires a three (or more) step process. The first step is visiting an abortion provider for an assessment and the first dose of medication. Two days later, the patient takes a second dose of medication at home. After this dose, cramping will begin to expel the embryo. It is between these two steps that women will often call, wondering if they have made a mistake and if there is any help available to stop the abortion process.  After the second medication, some women have been caught off-guard by the amount of pain, blood, or fetal tissue they experience as the abortion completes itself.  Some women, wishing the process to be private, are facing this alone in their bathrooms.  The final step is to return to the abortion provider to determine if the abortion procedure was complete, as a surgical abortion may be necessary if it is not.

Abortion Pill Reversal

  • If you have taken the first pill, and are questioning your decision, we may be able to help save the pregnancy with progesterone therapy provided at our clinic. Progesterone has been safely used to support pregnancies for almost sixty years.  Please note:  this is not a guarantee, and the Abortion Pill regimen should not be started if you have any doubts.  However, if you have started the Abortion Pill and contact us right away, we will do our best to assist you.  Abortion Pill Reversal is safe and confidential but extremely time sensitive. If you have only taken the first medication and would like to talk to someone about abortion pill reversal, please call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 1.877.558.0333.