We understand that life doesn’t always turn out the way you thought it would. Our compassionate staff of nurses, sonographers, and client advocates are here to help guide you through your decision.
You may not realize it, but up 25% of all pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. Many women don’t have any desire to have an ultrasound when planning on abortion as their next step, but that’s the best way to know if your body is preparing for a natural miscarriage. It’s also the best way to know how far along you are in the pregnancy. Many abortion procedure options are determined by this information. Why wouldn’t you want an exam that will allow you to know more details about your specific situation and gives you the opportunity to turn your fear into confidence?
Getting an ultrasound before an abortion is recommended because you will need to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy to know what type of abortion you need and verify your pregnancy. An ultrasound can determine if your body is preparing for a miscarriage.
New Law in Texas: Effective September 1, 2021, once a heartbeat is detected, an abortion can’t be performed. The abortion provider must perform a sonogram 24-hours prior to the administration of an abortion (some exceptions may apply) and must attempt to record a fetal heartbeat. Therefore, if you seek an abortion at a clinic and they find a heartbeat but still complete an abortion, they violate the law.
If the clinic says that a heartbeat is not present, an abortion procedure may not be necessary. However, you can follow up with your local medical provider for continuing care.
You should have a pregnancy test as well as STI/STD testing and treatment.
This depends on the type of abortion you get. If you get a medical abortion, you will be taking two different medications. One pill stops the pregnancy, and the other pill expels the pregnancy tissue from your body.
If you get a surgical abortion, a doctor must insert a speculum to examine your uterus. Your cervix will be stretched open with dilators either before or during the procedure. Next, the doctor will insert a tube through the cervix into the uterus, which is attached to a suction device. This will empty the uterus.
Pain and discomfort levels vary from woman to woman. Some women experience the physical side effect of severe cramping, fever, vomiting, chills, etc.
Additionally, some of the emotional and psychological side effects don’t always present themselves until much later.
You can expect to experience light to heavy vaginal bleeding accompanied by cramping for about two weeks. However, if you continue to have bleeding and cramping for more than two weeks, you should seek medical attention.
More severe side effects, which need medical attention:
Our services are provided to clients without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability, or other arbitrary circumstances. In keeping with our non-profit, pro-woman mission, Options 4 Me does not provide or refer for abortion services.
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