Safeguarding your health is the number one priority when discovering you’re unexpectedly pregnant. That’s why before you consider an abortion, find out if you’re eligible, get an ultrasound, and STD/STI testing.
1. Are You Eligible for a Medication Abortion?
There are many scenarios where the abortion pill method (medication abortion) wouldn’t be the right procedure for you. Take into consideration the following if you:
- Are too far along in your pregnancy.
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus.
- Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders, particular heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
- You can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
- Have an allergy to the medicine used.
2. Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?
You’ve likely taken an at-home pregnancy test, but to truly confirm your pregnancy, you need to get medically verified pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan. At-home tests are reliable, but there have been cases of false positives and negatives when used incorrectly or too early.
An ultrasound scan is necessary to provide crucial details about your pregnancy, such as the gestational age (how far along you are), location, and viability (if the pregnancy is growing).
As many as 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, or sometimes the embryo implants outside the uterus in what is known as an ectopic pregnancy (which requires immediate attention an abortion would not solve.)
3. Have You Had STD/STI Testing?
Untreated STDs/STIs can cause complications during the abortion process, which is why you want to get tested and treated before undergoing one. Furthermore, many STDs/STIs are asymptomatic, which means you may not know you have one.
An untreated STD/STI during an abortion can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or other serious reproductive health issues.
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You can also talk to our experienced team about your pregnancy options and get additional resources regarding your choices.