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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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Inclusive vs. Isolating

My partner is fine with me having other friends.

or

My partner wants me all to himself.

What might start out feeling like you are the center of someone’s universe can actually be your own world shrinking.  A partner might want you all to his self—it might seem romantic, flattering, and sweet at the beginning.  However, when those feelings are pushed into action, it can actually make you feel devalued and controlled.  Your world is made up of more than your partner, and other types of relationships are important to who you are as a whole.  These relationships might be family, friends, classmates, or coworkers.  When another person can’t see them as an important part of your world, it is a sign that their “love” for you might be unhealthy.  Look for these signs of isolating behavior:

  • Your partner wants to know where you are and who is with you.
  • Your partner wants you to check in with him.
  • Your partner insists you leave certain places where other people are.
  • Your partner wants you to spend time only with him.
  • Your partner doesn’t want you to have other friendships.
  • Your partner doesn’t like you talking with others.
  • Your partner is suspicious of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.
  • Your partner does this in the name of “love” and “protection”.

If you are concerned about your relationship, we offer a free class, Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.  Check it out at www.lifesenseclasses.org/classes/life-skills-classes/.

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

 

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How much does an abortion cost in Maryland?

In Maryland, the cost of an abortion ranges from $390 to $1300.  The cost varies based on the stage of development of the baby and the type of pain medication or anesthesia used during the abortion.  Costs also increase if other medications are needed, such as if your blood type is Rh negative.

If you are concerned about the cost of abortion, The Pregnancy Clinic might be able to help. 

While we do not provide or refer for abortion, our services are all free of charge and are a good first step if you are facing a surprise pregnancy.  Our trained counselors can run a free pregnancy test for you—even if you’ve taken one at home.  If you are considering abortion, our sonographers can provide a free viability ultrasound to determine if your positive test is actually a pregnancy heading towards survival.  In some cases, women experience miscarriages before they even have an abortion. 

Knowing your test results, your viability status, and even talking through any questions you have could help you before making the appointment for an abortion and facing the expense. 

Our services are all free, so there’s no financial burden for you.  We also have three clinics in Annapolis, Bowie, and Severna Park with a variety of day and evening hours. 

Call or text: 443.333.8856.

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Communicating vs. Fearful: How would you describe your relationship?

We can discuss things, and we can disagree and be OK.

Or

I’m scared of how my partner will react when we disagree.

While people are often drawn together because they have a lot in common, no two people agree on everything all the time.  It’s part of what makes us individuals.  But the individuals that make up the couple need to know how to communicate in a way that says I’m willing to listen and hear your point of view even if I don’t agree.  When that doesn’t happen, at its best…there is a lack of joy and fun in the relationship…and its worst, there is fear.  Fear of what the other person will think, say, or even do.  If you are in a relationship and feel you have to guard what you say to your partner, it might be fear that you are feeling.  Maybe you fear the person would laugh at you.  Maybe you fear the person would leave you.  Sometimes when a relationship jumps to being physical, the couple doesn’t take the time to work on the verbal.  When the initial thrill of the physical wears off, there might not be much left.  It might not be a healthy relationship.  And if it’s fear that is left…the relationship might even be dangerous.

If you would like more information about healthy & unhealthy relationships, text us: 443.333.8856.  We offer free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, STD/STI testing, and information on abortion procedures, abortion risks, and abortion alternatives.  We also have free Life Sense classes including ones like “Sex and Your Health”, “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated”, and “Put a Ring on It: Is Marriage the Thing for Me?”.

 

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Trusting vs. Jealous: How would you describe your relationship?

Which describes your relationship:

  • My partner trusts me to make good choices and be true to our relationship.
  • My partner doesn’t like me to have male friends or sometimes even say nice things about other guys. He wants to know where I am and who I am with all the time.

Jealousy is rooted in insecurity and fear of abandonment. Jealous people try to control their partners so they won’t find someone better and leave.  A jealous partner may check your phone not like your friends, want you for himself, or be suspicious.

If you would like more information about healthy & unhealthy relationships, text us: 443.333.8856.  We can offer free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, STD/STI testing, and information on abortion procedures, abortion risks, and abortion alternatives.  We also have a Life Sense class on relationships: www.lifesenseclasses.org.

 

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Respectful vs. Critical: How would you describe your relationship?

Which describes your relationship:

  • When I share my opinion, my partner listens and tries to understand.
  • When I share my opinion, my partner criticizes me.

Does what you say turn into an argument unless you give in or just agree?  If you think you need to be careful what you say or if you have just given up speaking your mind, then you may be in a critical relationship.

According to Psychology Today, criticism is destructive to relationships when it is:

  • About personality or character, rather than behavior.
  • Filled with blame.
  • Not focused on improvement.
  • Based on only one “right way” to do things.
  • Belittling.

If you would like more information about healthy & unhealthy relationships, text us: 443.333.8856.  We can offer free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, STD/STI testing, and information on abortion procedures, abortion risks, and abortion alternatives.  We also have a Life Sense class on relationships: www.lifesenseclasses.org.

Reference: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anger-in-the-age-entitlement/201212/one-thing-will-ruin-perfectly-good-relationship

 

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Healthy Relationship or Unhealthy Relationship?

How would you describe yours?  Start with these questions:

  • What is your gut telling you about your partner?
  • What do your friends and family say?
  • How does how he treats you differ from when you are alone to when others see you with him?

In the next few blogs, we’ll talk about what makes it healthy vs unhealthy.  If you are concerned about your relationship, text us: 443.333.8856.  We can offer free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, STD/STI testing, and information on abortion procedures, abortion risks, and abortion alternatives.  We also have a Life Sense class on relationships: www.lifesenseclasses.org.

 

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Is my relationship healthy?

Sometimes it is easy to recognize.  Sometimes not.  It might be hidden from others.  You might feel ashamed to tell someone. Or scared.

If your relationship makes you feel nervous, uncomfortable or scared, you could be experiencing Intimate Partner Violence.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says this can include four types of behavior and it is not just being hit by another person:

  • Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
  • Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event (e.g., sexting) when the partner does not or cannot consent.
  • Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm another person mentally or emotionally and/or exert control over another person.
  • Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.

The CDC also says:

“Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.”

If you are concerned about an unhealthy relationship, text us at 443.333.8856.  We offer free and confidential help, such as:

  • A free pregnancy test and someone to talk to.
  • Referrals for help.
  • Free STD testing.
  • Information on abortion procedures, abortion risks, and abortion alternatives.

Reference:   https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teendatingviolence/fastfact.html

 

 

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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.