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.
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I’m confused…What is the difference between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

You are not alone.  This can be very confusing.

Abortion Pill

Let’s start with the Abortion Pill.  If you have had a positive pregnancy test and verified that your pregnancy is viable (living), you might be contemplating an abortion.  Women considering abortion sometimes choose medication abortion, one of which is the Abortion Pill.  You may have read about this in our previous blog post or on our Web site.

Our clinic can discuss this abortion option with you and provide a free ultrasound to confirm viability.  Should your pregnancy not be viable, the difficult abortion decision may not be necessary.

Morning After Pill

The Morning After Pill is a different medication (levonorgestrel) and is designed to be taken hours to days after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy from occurring.  The Morning After Pill works in three ways: 1) delaying ovulation, 2) making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize and egg, 3) preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (early abortion).  It is important to consider your feelings concerning abortion before taking this medication, since the woman will not know the way in which it worked.  A pregnancy test to rule out an already existing pregnancy is recommended.

 

Our clinic can provide a free pregnancy test and information on the risks and side effects of this medication.  The user should be aware that some side effects could mask an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.

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What is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is a type of medication abortion (as compared to a surgical abortion).  It is the common name used for the regimen Mifeprex.  Those seeking abortion sometimes think that “medication” means “easy”. Since an abortion is an emotional decision, it is very important to understand the process so that the woman is not caught off-guard by the steps involved and the length of time to complete the abortion.

It is also important to be aware that should the medication abortion not succeed, a surgical abortion may be necessary.  Because two different medications are given at two different times (one to end the life of the embryo and the other cause contractions to expel the embryo), women may experience conflicting feelings about their decision before the abortion is fully complete. This, as well as managing the contraction and cramping stage at home, can be more difficult than she may have anticipated.

Our Clinic can provide information on the Abortion Pill regimen, answer questions and concerns involving the procedure and risks, and verify the viability of the pregnancy with ultrasound.  This can be especially important to make sure that the cramping (from the Abortion Pill) is not mistaken for an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

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I’m considering abortion, but worried it will be hard on me emotionally. 

You are in a unique situation – you have not yet had an abortion, yet you are anticipating the emotional effects it may entail.  You are to be commended for thinking ahead, and for considering your emotional state and how you handle trauma.  Because an unplanned pregnancy can be very scary, many women feel they have no choice but abortion, even if their heart or mind is warning them against it.  That fear can drive them to “act now–think later”.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself if you are in this situation:

  • What are my moral or spiritual beliefs concerning abortion?
  • How will an abortion experience feel to me five, ten, or twenty years from now?
  • What/who are the specific pressures causing me to consider abortion?
  • What current struggles do I have managing depression or anxiety?
  • What would make this pregnancy doable? What am I lacking?
  • What questions do I have regarding options, procedures, and risks?

Your first step will be to verify your pregnancy with a test and to check for viability (living pregnancy) with a sonogram, to determine if an abortion is even necessary.  The next step is to talk with someone who can help you know what to expect physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually with any of the options: abortion, parenting, or adoption, and what resources are available.  We are here to help.  Our services are free, and we may even be able to see you today.

Contact us today!

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Abortion, Parent, or Adoption:  How do I make the choice?

When faced with an unanticipated pregnancy, no option is easy.  After all, it was not part of your plan to be pregnant.  However, it is important to be as clear-minded as possible since this will be one of the biggest decisions you ever make.  There are many factors that will play into your decision.

First and foremost

You will want to put off the tendency you may feel to rush into a decision.  With a big decision, it is important to do research, gather information, and gain knowledge.  In addition to running a pregnancy test for you, one of our services is to provide answers on all your options.  Talking and gaining information will put you in a better position to look honestly at your options and make your decision knowing the pro’s and con’s for each.

Another important factor to consider…

…will be your moral and ethical values when it comes to abortion.  Many people have faith or moral-based opinions about abortion but choose to push them aside when faced with their own personal crisis.  This can be a difficult burden to bear since it involves going against personal convictions.  When it comes to making a decision about parenting or adoption, you need to look at your resources and support systems.  Even with adequate amounts of both, some women may wish to purse adoption.  It is important to realize that gathering information about adoption, abortion, or parenting does not obligate you to any of them.  The decision is ultimately yours.  Ask yourself the following questions to start:

  • What are my moral, ethical, or faith convictions and how will each decision relate to those?
  • In what ways am I feeling pressured towards any particular decision?
  • How will my decision affect me 5, 10, 20, or 50 years from now?
  • What do I know about my pregnancy and it’s likelihood to continue at this point?

We can help you sort through these tough questions.  Our services are free, no pressure, and no obligation.  Call or text us to find an appointment that works with your schedule.

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National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. This day was brought about to encourage people to get tested and get treatment.  HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system so that it eventually can’t fight disease and infection.  Getting tested is the only way to know whether you have HIV.  It’s important to know so that you can make healthy choices to prevent spreading the disease, maintain your best health, or possibly prevent getting it.  In 2016, 39,782 people received an HIV diagnosis.

The theme for this year is “Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV”.  It’s an interesting theme to contemplate.  So often in life “doing it my way” doesn’t lead to the outcomes we really need (or even want).  Whether you agree or disagree about slogans, HIV is a serious medical issue and everyone at risk should be tested so that they can get the best help and treatment available.  If you are unsure whether you are at risk, text us.  We can help you determine whether you should be tested.  We offer free STD testing which includes HIV.  Our medical staff is caring and compassionate and here to address your concerns and give you help and hope.  All services are confidential and free. Contact us for an appointment.

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How far along am I?

When a woman faces a pregnancy, planned or unplanned, the first natural question is typically, “How far along am I?”  With a pregnancy that is planned and welcomed, knowing how far along allows the woman (and man) to anticipate various milestones in the baby’s development and schedule appropriate appointments.

When the pregnancy is unplanned, knowing how far along the pregnancy is can be just as important.  For women who are contemplating abortion, the baby’s level of development may play a critical role, not only in the type of abortion procedure chosen, but in her comfort with having an abortion at all. Most physicians date a pregnancy by the woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), this being the first day of her most recent period.  However, since some women have irregular periods, an ultrasound can provide a more accurate verification of pregnancy and dates.

For women considering abortion, our Clinic provides free ultrasounds to determine pregnancy viability (whether the pregnancy is alive).  In cases where the pregnancy is not viable, such as no fetal heartbeat or no gestational sac, the pregnancy will most likely miscarry, making the difficult decision to abort unnecessary.  Should the ultrasound show a viable pregnancy, it can provide the answer to “how far along?”, and our counselors can answer questions regarding abortion procedures as well as alternatives to abortion.

Contact us for an appointment.

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I’ve taken home pregnancy tests, but can you run one for me?

Yes.  In fact, most of our clients have taken one, two…or ten 🙂 home pregnancy tests prior to their visit with us.  There is nothing wrong with wanting a Pregnancy Clinic to run a test for you.  When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is natural to feel panic and fear.  Both feelings can cause us to doubt ourselves—even our ability to put drops of pee on a test stick!  We understand those feelings and want you to have the chance to be calm, have your questions answered, and get the information you need for your decision.

Our services are free and we have morning, afternoon, and evening hours, as well as three different locations that span Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.  We can provide information on your various options, including abortion, parenting, and adoption.  If your test is positive, and you are unsure about whether to carry the pregnancy or have an abortion, we can provide a viability ultrasound to determine whether the pregnancy is viable (living).  If the pregnancy is not viable, it may save you from having to consider the emotional or financial hurdles of abortion.

Facing an unexpected pregnancy is difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Contact us today!

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If you want an abortion, can you answer these three questions?

1. Are you pregnant? A missed period often causes a woman to think she may be pregnant. However, there can be other reasons for a missed period. Have a test done and get the results confirmed before you make an abortion decision. At the Pregnancy Clinic our tests are laboratory grade urine tests and they are free!

2. How far along is your pregnancy? Knowing how far along you are in the pregnancy is an important aspect of the decision making process. Up to 30% of early pregnancies end in miscarriage, so if your pregnancy is early, some other things should be considered. At the Pregnancy Clinic, many of our clients qualify for a free ultrasound to determine how far along a pregnancy is and if it is viable (alive).1 Find out for free if your pregnancy will even continue before you make an abortion decision.

3. Do you have an STD? If you are planning to have a surgical abortion and have not been checked for STDs since you became pregnant, you should take this important step first. An untreated STD can be aggravated by a surgical abortion, causing damage to your body now and also putting your future reproductive health at risk.2 We test for STDs at the Pregnancy Clinic and testing is free!

Having the answers to these questions is a critical part of your decision making process. At the Pregnancy Clinic we want to provide you with helpful information that will promote good physical and mental health.

Call today for an appointment to meet with a counselor and get the answers to your questions. All services are free.

 

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
2. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. National Institutes of Health Medline Plus Web site. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pelvicinflammatorydisease.html. Accessed July 20, 2013.

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I’m Pregnant! Now What?

When a women discovers she is pregnant, her life will never be the same, no matter what choice she makes about her pregnancy. It is wise to take some time to process the initial shock. Take a deep breath, take a moment to think about your next steps. The direction you decide upon might be the most important decision you have ever made, so be sure to take enough time to consider every aspect of your situation.

Many people in your life may have an opinion about what you should do: your partner, your parents, your close friends. Remember that the decision to make a plan for your pregnancy is yours and yours alone.

However, it can be helpful to talk to someone outside of your circle of friends and family, someone with extensive knowledge of your options who can answer those tough questions you may have. At the Pregnancy Clinic, our specially trained counselors and nurses are here for you in a safe, confidential space. Free pregnancy testing, STD testing, viability ultrasounds, and compassionate, caring staff.

Call or text us today for a free, confidential appointment. No judgement and no pressure-we’ve been there and will be there for you, too.



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