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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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Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?

According to the CDC:  “We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.”

For women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, the CDC says that much is unknown and that pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection: 

  • Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

For additional protective measures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

If you are concerned about a possible pregnancy and thinking about an abortion, call or text us: 443.333.8856.

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Pregnancy Relationships

Approachable vs. Controlling

I can easily tell my partner when I’m feeling upset or hurt.

or

My partner is possessive and controlling.

 

Here is a good question to ask yourself:  do you feel you need to hide things from your partner?  In a healthy relationship, there might be disagreements.  However, each partner should feel that they can still talk about their own feelings and opinions without fear.  We’ve talked a little in past blogs about some aspects of control (stalking; keeping track of your phone; managing your friendships with others, etc.).  But, a partner’s possessiveness and control can even intimidate what you are willing to share and express about how you feel.

It might be about sex.  You may not even want to be in a sexual relationship.  You may have tried to communicate this, but your partner isn’t listening.

It could be about a pregnancy or abortion.  While some women are initially upset about being pregnant, it is sometimes due to lack of support they feel from their partner.  A partner may even be pressuring an abortion.

If you are concerned that you may be facing pressure – whether about sex or abortion, we have free services that may help.

We offer free pregnancy tests, free STD testing, and free information on abortion procedures and risks.  Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

 

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Pregnancy Pregnant

Is the Abortion Pill as easy as it sounds?

When we think of taking medicine, we often picture something pretty simple:

  • Have a headache.
  • Take medicine.
  • Headache vanishes.

This is not how the Abortion Pill works. 

Many women are often surprised by the process and regret their choice of abortion procedure.  Here’s what you should know about the Abortion Pill process:

  • Two medications are taken 24-48 hours apart.  When and where they are taken depend on state laws.  Many abortion clinic web sites caution “not being alone” and knowing where to get “medical help in case of an emergency”.
  • The first drug, mifepristone, cuts off the progesterone and causes the death of the embryo (baby).  The second drug, misoprostol (taken a day or two later), causes contractions which expel the embryo, blood, and tissue from the body.
  • An office visit determines if the abortion succeeded or if a surgical abortion is needed.
  • Risks and side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, chills, fever, back pain, pelvic pain, rashes, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain, bleeding/hemorrhage, immune system suppression/infection/death, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.
  • Women sometimes have second thoughts after they take the first pill.  Although not a guarantee, we can sometimes help reverse the effects of the first pill.  Call this number if you are experiencing second thoughts: 1.877.558.0333.

If you are considering the abortion pill, we can provide a FREE pregnancy test confirmation and a FREE ultrasounds to determine if the pregnancy is viable (living) and how far along the pregnancy is (which affects if the Abortion Pill is an option). 

Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

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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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Why come in for a pregnancy test?

If you have missed a period, you may begin to suspect that you are pregnant.  It can be an uneasy feeling—waiting and wondering.  While some people go to the drugstore for a pregnancy test, many are left with more uneasy feelings after taking the test at home: Did I do it right?  Could it be wrong?  How many should I do?  Our clients often tell us these things.

What can the Pregnancy Clinic do for you?  The Pregnancy Clinic offers a free, laboratory grade, pregnancy test, someone to run it for you, and someone to talk to about your options.  In addition, if you are taken off-guard by a possible pregnancy, you might be considering abortion.  If that is the case, a test alone may not be all you need.  A pregnancy test alone cannot determine if your pregnancy is viable, (meaning having a good chance of surviving). The test can detect whether or not the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is present in your urine, but a viability ultrasound is necessary to determine whether or not a living and growing baby is present. Some positive pregnancy tests do not result in a viable pregnancy!

If you are considering abortion, we can provide a pregnancy ultrasound after your positive test. This will help you determine if the pregnancy is heading towards survival or miscarriage.  If your pregnancy is not viable, the pregnancy may not survive on its own, sparing you from the emotional and financial burdens of an abortion.

We are here to help you in this difficult time.  All of our services are free.  Text us today for your appointment: 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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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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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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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.