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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Is getting an ultrasound or sonogram really necessary?

After discovering that they are pregnant, many women are uncertain of the next step to take in their pregnancy. Often having an ultrasound (sonogram) is the last thing on a woman’s mind; however, a viability ultrasound can provide crucial information before deciding on a pregnancy plan.

The Pregnancy Clinic provides limited free viability ultrasounds which may be able to determine if the pregnancy is viable (living). Research shows that up to 30% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage.1 If the pregnancy is not viable, the woman may miscarry and an abortion procedure may be unnecessary. Additionally, the pregnancy may be ectopic which requires immediate medical attention.

Call today to schedule a free appointment for an ultrasound.


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.

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Do I just make an appointment to get an abortion?

You’ve decided to get an abortion.  What’s next?  The steps leading up to making a decision to abort are important parts of the decision making process.  Many times, the decision making process is cut short and the abortion happens without ever knowing if it was even necessary.  Here are some important steps to take prior to having an abortion:

  • Make sure that you are pregnant.  A late period does not always indicate a pregnancy.  Lifestyle, diet, exercise and even medication may also cause changes in the menstrual cycle.  Free pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Clinic.
  • Confirm the viability of the pregnancy. Up to 30% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage making the abortion unnecessary.1  An ultrasound/sonogram can determine if the pregnancy is living (viable).  A sonogram done at 7 weeks post last menstrual period provides vital information about the pregnancy.  Make an appointment today for a free sonogram at the Pregnancy Clinic.
  • Determine how many weeks pregnant you are.  The sonogram can also help to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy.  The type and cost of an abortion is determined by the age of the pregnancy.
  • Get tested for STD’s. Testing for STD’s is important prior to an abortion.  If you have an untreated STD and then abort, you are at risk for further complications including pelvic inflammatory disease.2,3 Contact the Pregnancy Clinic to have free STD/HIV testing done prior to an abortion procedure.
  • Understand the risks/complications.   It is important that you are aware of the potential risks and complications of abortion.  Talk to someone who does not have a financial interest in your procedure to get the facts.
  • Get the answers to all your questions. Talking to someone you can trust about your decision is an important step.  Having someone to talk to and provide support can give you the confidence you need to be sure you are making the right decision for yourself.

Contact the Pregnancy Clinic today for a confidential, free appointment.


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. 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.  

3. 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.

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Can I get an abortion without anyone knowing?

In Maryland, if you are a minor, one parent/legal guardian needs to be notified about your procedure. (For more information on notification laws for minors you can refer to our other posts about Parental Notification). However, regardless of your age, you may need to have someone to transport you to the abortion clinic. This is, in part, due to the risks and side effects of the abortion procedure.

Something to consider is that one of the side effects of the abortion pill, Mifiprex, is the suppression of the immune system. This may leave you vulnerable to serious viral and bacterial infections, including sepsis, an infection of the blood which affects the entire body and can cause death.1,2
An unexpected pregnancy can be a stressful thing. This is not the time to distance yourself from your support system, but to seek help from those you trust the most. The Pregnancy Clinic offers free counseling so that you can talk to someone about your pregnancy confidentially. We can also offer you a free ultrasound to see if your pregnancy is viable or if it will miscarry on its own and you can talk to a medical professional about your questions and concerns.

Contact us today for an appointment.


1. Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/incomplete+abortion Accessed August 6, 2013.
2. Sepsis (blood infection) and Septicemia. Web Md. Web site. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/sepsis-septicemia-blood-infection Accessed August 6, 2013.

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Should I get an abortion as early in my pregnancy as possible?

Many women schedule abortion procedures as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Statistics say that up to 30% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage1, which means that an abortion may not be necessary if the pregnancy is not viable or living. Viability can be determined through an ultrasound or sonogram.

Sonograms can be done at seven weeks past the last menstrual period. Prior to that time, it is not always clear whether the pregnancy is living or not. Women who take the time to wait and have a sonogram done, may find that the abortion is not necessary.
Some of the risks of abortion that may be avoided include pain, bleeding and hemorrhage as well as a failed or incomplete abortion2. Infection and aggravation of “silent” STDs are also associated risks of abortion3,4.

Free, pre-abortion ultrasounds may be scheduled by calling any of our clinics. Finding out this information can be helpful in your decision to have an abortion.


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. 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.
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.
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.

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If I have an abortion, can I still have children?

Questions about abortions can be answered through education and counseling. Many women find that taking time to talk gives them a sense of control over the issues they are facing. Answers to questions may lead to understanding more about the central issue of a crisis situation. Counseling can help women navigate through the sometimes confusing path of these life events.
Some women show signs of emotional or physical changes after an abortion. They may wonder about whether they can still have children or may avoid the subject of abortion altogether. Drug or alcohol use may increase after an abortion1.

There is help for women considering abortion or recovering from an abortion. Here at the Pregnancy Clinic we offer counseling and ultrasounds to educate, helping women gather information. We also offer post-abortion counseling for women trying to understand their feelings following an abortion.

All of our services are free and you can find help by calling one of our clinics today.


1. Fergusson DM, et al. Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006;47(1):16-24.

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