If you think you are pregnant and are considering an abortion, gathering information about your pregnancy and options is an excellent place to start your decision-making process. When you begin this journey, here are three things you need to do:
- Verify the pregnancy
- Obtain an ultrasound
- Inform yourself about your options
If you think you are pregnant, verify with a pregnancy test. Though uncommon, home pregnancy tests can sometimes report false responses. Visit a clinic to receive clinical pregnancy testing administered by a medical professional.
After a positive pregnancy test, it is recommended that you have an ultrasound.Information provided by the ultrasound is important for the following reasons:
- Up to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can detect a heartbeat to determine if the pregnancy is growing. A miscarriage might not need treatment, but a medical provider will know what is best for their patient.
- Medical abortions are only approved in pregnancies up to 10 weeks. An ultrasound will reveal how far along the pregnancy is.
- In an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy begins to grow outside the uterus. This is a life-threatening condition for the woman and must be treated immediately. Abortion is not a treatment for an ectopic pregnancy, so it’s crucial to determine the location of a pregnancy before choosing an abortion method. An ultrasound can show if the pregnancy is in the uterus.
Get More Information
Are you familiar with all the options available? Do you understand the risks of your options? Gather all the information about your choices to make an informed decision. Weighing your choices can feel overwhelming, but it is an essential step in making a decision that gives you confidence.
Let Us Know if We Can Help
This can be an overwhelming process; understandably, you might not even know where to start. Contact us to get help learning more about your options. At Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic, you can get the testing you need and the information you deserve. Schedule an appointment today.
We specialize in helping those facing unintended pregnancy explore their options. We do not provide abortion or prenatal care and do not profit from your choice.