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I’m not sure if I want an abortion

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, there are three options: Abortion, Adoption, and Parenting. You might have mixed feelings about all three options. You might feel totally alone, with doubts and fears about your choices. If you’re not sure which option is right for you, that’s ok. This is your decision, no one can make it for you, and only you know what’s in your heart. So take the time to get informed, know your options, and evaluate your decision without external pressures.

Factors to consider

Your plans for your reproductive health, your life experience, your beliefs, and your current medical condition are all factors to consider in your decision. Take the time to talk about these things, considering both the short and long term risks and consequences of each choice, with a trained counselor who can listen to you without judgment and without having a financial stake in your decision.
That’s why the Pregnancy Clinic offers our services entirely for free. We will not make money from your decision no matter what you choose, so you’re in a position to feel free to discuss your questions, concerns, and thoughts in a caring, comfortable environment.

3 Choices

1. Adoption: Placing a baby for adoption is not like it used to be. There are many options when it comes to how you want your child to be raised in another home. You can choose an adoptive family who meets your criteria, and you can have more or less involvement in the future based on your personal preferences.
2. Abortion: Have you considered what type of abortion you’ll be having? Do you know exactly how far along you are or if your pregnancy is living? Are you aware of the various risks and side effects of the procedures? Do you know what questions you’re going to ask the abortion clinic or abortion provider?
3. Parenting: What would parenting look like for you? Who would support your choice and how would you make it work for you and your child? What resources will you need and where can you look for them?

To make your decision, you need information. The first step is to find out whether or not you’re pregnant and if the pregnancy is living. We can help!

Make an appointment for your consultation today.

 

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What if I have an ectopic pregnancy?

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition in which an embryo implants outside of the uterus, most often in the fallopian tubes, which may cause the tube to burst.1 Ectopic pregnancy is a leading cause of death in first trimester pregnancies.2 Ectopic pregnancy requires specific medical intervention and cannot be terminated by a standard surgical abortion.3

Certain factors that increases your risk

The risk of ectopic pregnancy is increased by certain factors in a woman’s medical history. Sometimes these factors create a chain reaction which can lead to ectopic pregnancy. For example, if a woman has had a previous abortion or has an undiagnosed STD, she has an increased risk of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, also known as PID.4 Women who use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control are also at greater risk for developing PID.4 PID is an infection of the reproductive organs and is characterized by inflammation of those organs.5 The inflammation created by PID then increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy.6 Women who have PID may or may not have any symptoms, so they may also not be aware that they are at greater risk for ectopic pregnancy.5

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy

It is important to know that an ectopic pregnancy cannot be terminated by either The Morning After Pill or the abortion pill, however, these medications can mask the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, causing it to go undiagnosed.7 Some of the signs of Ectopic Pregnancy include vomiting, lower abdominal pain, sharp abdominal cramps, dizziness or weakness.8 In the case of these symptoms, please contact your health care provider and immediately go to the emergency room.

Even if you do not have any symptoms, it is important to rule out ectopic pregnancy before you proceed with an abortion decision. A pregnancy test alone will not determine whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic. However, the Pregnancy Clinic offers pre-abortion ultrasounds, which may help to determine whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic.

We can give you the information you need. If you haven’t had a viability ultrasound, make an appointment with us today.

 

1. Ectopic pregnancy. What is ectopic pregnancy? Planned Parenthood Web site. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/pregnancy/ectopic-pregnancy-4259.htm. Accessed August 4, 2013.
2. Mignini L. Interventions for tubal ectopic pregnancy; RHL commentary (last revised: 26 September 2007). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization
3. http://www.webmd.com/baby/tc/ectopic-pregnancy-treatment-overview
4. Blackwell, A. L Et. Al. “Universal prophylaxis for Chlamydia trachomatis and anaerobic vaginosis in women attending for suction termination of pregnancy: an audit of short-term health gains.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10471099?dopt=AbstractPlus.  Accessed August 4, 2013.
5. http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/STDFact-PID.htm
6. Parazzini F, Ferraroni M, Tozzi L, Ricci F, Mezzopane R, La Vecchia C. Induced abortions and risk of ectopic pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 1995 Jul;10(7):1841-4.
7. Mifeprex Questions and Answers; Questions 21-23. Food and Drug Administration Web site. www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111328.htm. Accessed August 4, 2013.
8. “Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Treatment.” WebMD. WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-ectopic-pregnancy . Accessed Febuary 4, 2015.
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Should I get STD tested before an abortion?

At the Pregnancy Clinic, we recommend STD testing prior to abortion to prevent undiagnosed STDs from spreading farther into the reproductive system.1 At most abortion clinics, STD testing prior to an abortion is not a routine procedure.2 Also, the abortion clinic may charge additional fees for testing. We offer free STD testing for women in each of our three locations.

Could I have an STD?

STDs (sometimes called sexually transmitted diseases, STIs, or sexually transmitted infections) are infectious conditions that are passed from one person to another during sexual activity. In the U.S., 1 in 5 people has an STD. In fact, every year there are an estimated 19 million new STD infections in the U.S. alone.3 Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people ages 15 to 24. If you’ve engaged in any type of sexual activity, you’re at risk for STDs. Condoms provide some degree of protection against the spread of STDs, but STDs – including HIV – can still be transmitted even when condoms are used perfectly.4 Condoms can also slip, break, or have defects. Also, since condoms do not cover the entire genital area, STDs that are spread by skin to skin contact can still be passed even when a condom is used. Some people who are infected do not experience any symptoms, so they may not know they have an STD. It’s important to be tested for STDs to be sure you’re not infected, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

STDs and Abortion

Before you undergo an abortion procedure, it’s important to be tested for STDs. Undiagnosed STDs may cause complications following your abortion procedure, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Bacteria can enter the reproductive tract during an abortion procedure leading to a pelvic infection, which is the most common complication of abortion.5,6 Women who have abortions are more likely to develop PID after their procedure.7,8
PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility and ectopic pregnancy. When PID is caused by a chlamydia infection, a woman may be more likely to experience only mild symptoms even when serious damage is being done to her reproductive organs.9

If you are considering abortion and would like to have free STD testing done prior to your procedure, schedule a consultation with us today.

 

1. Stevenson, M. M., and K. W. Radcliffe. “Preventing pelvic infection after abortion.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8547409?dopt=AbstractPlus. Accessed August 4, 2013.
2. http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/abortion-exams-and-tests Accessed January 31, 2015.
3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm Accessed August 4, 2013.
4. Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention [Workshop June 2000], Summary report of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. DHHS. July 20, 2001.
5. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. National Institutes of Health Medline Plus Web site. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pelvicinflammatorydisease.html. Accessed July 20, 2013
6. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Mayo Clinic Web site. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/DS00402. Accessed July 20, 2013.
7. Patel S, Baxi RK, Kotecha PV, Maxumdar VS, Mehta KG, Diwanii M. Association between pelvic inflammatory disease and abortions. Indian J Sex Transm Dis. 2010 Jul-Dec; 31(2): 127–128. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122592/. Accessed August 4, 2013. Pelvic
8. Inflammatory Disease. National Institutes of Health Medline Plus Web site. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pelvicinflammatorydisease.html. Accessed July 20, 2013.
9. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – CDC Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/std/PID/STDFact-PID.htm Accessed August 6, 2013.

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Why should I come to the Pregnancy Clinic instead of taking a home test?

The Pregnancy Clinic offers a free laboratory grade pregnancy test. While at-home tests may be very accurate, they can be mishandled or misread. Additionally, a pregnancy test cannot determine if your pregnancy is viable, (meaning living). 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 the pregnancy is living. At The Pregnancy Clinic, viability ultrasounds are also available for clients who qualify.

The Pregnancy Clinic is a medical non-profit organization, which means that we offer our services totally for free. These services can help you find out whether or not you are actually pregnant, whether or not that pregnancy is living (viable), and how far along your pregnancy is. Why do we do this for free? We care about your health and safety! We do not perform or refer for abortion, facilitate adoptions, or provide prenatal care. This means that we have no financially vested interest in your decision. In other words, because we are completely free, we don’t profit from your decision—no matter what you choose. We can give you the information you need without judging or pressuring you.

Many of our clients sheepishly confess to having taken two, three, or even four pregnancy tests at home before breaking down and coming in to The Pregnancy Clinic to clear up the nagging doubts and get confirmation. Why do women take so many tests at home and still feel uncertain about the results or about what to do next? Quite simply, they need the comfort and confidence provided by our caring counselors, who can not only run the test, but can also talk with them about the results and even more importantly, talk about how those results may impact their lives. Our staff, counselors, and medical professionals can give a woman the answers she needs. So don’t delay any longer!

Make your appointment today.


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How safe is the Abortion Pill?

The term “abortion pill” is a misnomer. The medical (or medication) abortion can be an injection or combination of two pills or medications. The Abortion Pill (Mifeprex) is FDA approved to terminate pregnancies up to 7 weeks (49 days) from the LMP.1

Many women choose medication abortion thinking that it will be less painful or difficult than a surgical abortion procedure. After all, you can do at least part of the procedure in the comfort of your own home instead of an abortion clinic.

However, the abortion pill has specific risks and side effects that are different from the risks associated with other abortion procedures, and many women find that it is more difficult and less safe than they first realized.

Furthermore, some abortion clinics or abortion providers are using the medications “off label,” which means that they are not following the FDA guidelines. A woman considering a medication abortion needs to know the right questions to ask her provider in order to find out if the abortion clinic is using this medication in ways that meet FDA guidelines.
Before you choose medication abortion, make an appointment to get detailed information from a source that does not stand to profit from your decision one way or the other. A pregnancy test can’t tell you if your pregnancy is viable (living) or not. It is important to get the facts about this procedure, as well as the facts about the status of your own possible pregnancy, before moving forward. Our trained counselors and medical staff can give you the information you need.

Schedule your consultation today.



1. Mifeprex medication label. Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/020687s013lbl.pdf. Accessed August 4, 2013. pp. 6, 14.

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Decisions

A woman has many decisions to make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. There are several options when considering abortion.

  • Many women seeking an abortion consider the abortion pill, also known as RU 486 or Mifeprex. The FDA approves this method up to 7 weeks (49 days) from the last menstrual period.1 Although the failure rate and complications increase, some abortion providers will administer the pill up to 9 weeks after the last menstrual period.2
  • Surgical abortion with suction and curettage can be done between 4-13 weeks after the last menstrual period. This is done in an abortion clinic using varying degrees of pain control.
  • Surgical abortion during the second trimester, weeks 13-24, involves dilation and evacuation or D&E. This procedure typically involves 10-24 hours in an abortion clinic.
  • Late term abortions, from about 24 weeks until the end of the pregnancy, take about 2-3 days. This procedure is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother.

Up to 30% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage3 so a sonogram is an important first step before scheduling an abortion. The sonogram can help in determining the viability or capacity for life of the pregnancy, how far along the pregnancy is, and what type of abortion you would be eligible for. Sonograms are available free of charge at the Pregnancy Clinic.

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1. Mifeprex medication guide. How should I take mifeprex? Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088643.pdf. Accessed August 4, 2013.

2. Mifepristone questions and answers. Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111354.htm April 17, 2002. Accessed August 4, 2013.

3. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview Accessed August 6, 2013.

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Can you get a Free Abortion in Maryland?

While there are programs that can offer you a reduced or no cost abortion, they are typically based on income qualifications and may not cover other services which could be necessary before having an abortion. Additionally, if your pregnancy is not viable, you may not need an abortion.

These are important questions to ask yourself.

Am I really pregnant? Up to 30% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, avoiding the need for an abortion.1

How far along am I? How far along your pregnancy is determines the type of abortion you would be eligible to receive, as well as the cost of the abortion. Additionally, many providers stop doing abortions at a certain gestational age (meaning how long it has been since the first day of your most recent period) because of the increase in risks and complications.2

Do I have an STD? It is important to know whether or not you have an STD prior to receiving an abortion since a preexisting STD can increase your risks and complications.3 At the Pregnancy Clinic, a laboratory grade pregnancy test, Ultrasound, and STD testing are all free and in a safe, caring, and professional environment with our compassionate, licensed, medical staff.

Schedule your consultation now.



1. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview Accessed August 6, 2013.

2. “Second-Trimester Abortion: Logistics and Lack of Symptoms Are Factors.” Second-Trimester Abortion: Logistics and Lack of Symptoms Are Factors. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2014.

3. Stevenson, M. M., and K. W. Radcliffe. “Preventing pelvic infection after abortion.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8547409?dopt=AbstractPlus. Accessed August 4, 2013.

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How much does an abortion cost?

Abortion prices vary depending on the provider, type of procedure, and whether you want pain management options. Since up to 30% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage1, it is important to find out whether or not you are pregnant, if the pregnancy is viable (alive), and how far along you are before proceeding with an abortion.

While a medical (medication or pill) abortion can sometimes be less expensive, it is important to note that if a medical abortion results in an incomplete abortion, fetal or placental tissue remains in the uterus and must be removed with a surgical abortion in order to prevent infection.2

At the Pregnancy Clinic, a medical clinic with licensed medical staff can help you determine whether or not you are pregnant, if the pregnancy is viable, how far along your pregnancy is, and the different types of abortion that you would be eligible to receive. All of our services are safe and confidential.

Schedule your free consultation with our medical staff today.

1. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview  Accessed August 6, 2013.

2. Mifeprex (Mifepristone) Information, Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers. Food and Drug Safety Administration Web site.   http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/ucm111323.htm.  Accessed August 6, 2013.