What Does an Overturn of Roe Mean to Me as a Woman in Virginia?

What does an overturn of Roe mean to me as a woman in Virginia?

There’s a lot of noise out there. It sounds angry – and frightening. We’ve lived under the ruling of Roe v. Wade for almost 50 years. For many of us, that’s our entire life. So what does it even mean to “Overturn Roe?” And how will the overturn affect us, personally, as women living here in Virginia?

It means a few things. To be clear, though, there are also some things it doesn’t mean.

Overturning Roe doesn’t mean that abortion is illegal throughout the United States. Rather, instead of abortion being legally protected at the national level, each state will have to individually determine whether or not abortion will continue to be legal within its borders.

Under Roe, abortion was legally protected in every state, with each state deciding how “legal” was practiced– like how far along a woman could be and still get an abortion, who could legally perform the abortion, and what had to happen before the abortion.

As we’ve waited on the Supreme Court’s decision, the new language we’ve lived with over these past few weeks has centered on “throwing Roe back to the states.” With the overturn of Roe, each state now has to answer the abortion question for itself.

So now, Virginia will have the power to decide the legality of abortion within its borders. To be clear, Virginia has the option to leave it just as it was when Roe was the law of the land. If that’s the case, things will likely continue just as they are, which will no doubt be the case for other states as well.

And while fear seems to be rampant, so does incorrect information. So let us help settle some of those fears.

Overturning Roe doesn’t mean miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and stillbirths will be handled differently than they were under Roe. After all, miscarriagesectopic pregnancies, and stillbirths aren’t elective abortions, and they’ve never been governed by Roe. Here in Hampton Roads, local medical providers express confidence that the overturning of Roe will not lessen the medical care provided to women in any of these scenarios. That’s good news, Virginia!

Additionally, here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we’ve provided pregnancy services for thousands of local women over the past three decades. And you know what? We’ve learned from the women we’ve served. Even with Roe in place, women in unplanned pregnancies often felt scared and alone. We know that won’t change with the overturning of Roe – women will continue to need support and services as they face their unplanned pregnancies.

Another thing that won’t change?

The role of Alcove Health Women’s Clinic here in our community. We are still here. We are still the best first call for pregnant women on the Virginia Peninsula. With or without Roe, women in unplanned pregnancies still need a safe space to process their pregnancies, understand their options, and receive medically necessary services. We will continue to provide them with what they need – with services including pregnancy testingultrasoundsSTI testing, and options consultations.

That’s how we’ve helped pregnant women for more than 30 years – and that’s how we will continue to help. Still for free. Still confidentially. Because it’s what we do! The overturning of Roe won’t change that. We still see you, Virginia, and we still want to help.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to schedule your free medical appointment, please call or click here today.

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

June 24, 2022

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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

How much does an abortion cost?
How much does an abortion cost?

How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors.

One of the most frequent questions asked by those facing an unplanned pregnancy is “How much does an abortion cost?”  If that’s you, you may be surprised to find there is a wide range of answers.  That’s because the cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors such as age of pregnancy (how far along you are), type of abortion, whether you request pain meds or sedation, the type of facility you choose, the type of medical provider, and so on.  The cost could be a few hundred dollars or a few thousand.  Among those factors, finding out the age of your pregnancy is an important first step. Fortunately, there is a way you can find that information at no cost to you.  There are women’s health care clinics in most cities that will provide you with a free ultrasound, which will give you the information you need to predict the abortion cost.

Many women rely on their LMP (last menstrual period) to determine how far along they might be.  Your LMP is a good place to start, but it is not always accurate.  An ultrasound is the most accurate method for dating a pregnancy.  Medical abortions are typically available for dates up to 10-11 weeks, while surgical options are typically necessary beyond that mark.  As you might expect, a medical abortion (series of pills) is less expensive than a surgical one.  Furthermore, as a pregnancy progresses, surgical abortions increase in price.  That’s why accurately dating a pregnancy is so important. It will affect the overall abortion cost.

In addition to helping you date your pregnancy, there is other important information that a free ultrasound can provide.  For one thing, it can help your medical provider rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is one located outside of the uterus and is a medical emergency.  It can also help you discover whether your pregnancy is progressing by looking for a heartbeat.  If there is no heartbeat, you might be experiencing a miscarriage . 

One area women sometimes fail to think about when calculating the cost of an abortion is follow up care.  It is important to ask a medical provider about their policies and pricing for follow up visits.  Sometimes things do not go as planned and women need additional medical services.  There are risks to both types of abortion and it is important to know if follow up visits are included and what the overall abortion costs might be if there are complications. 

So if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering about the cost of an abortion, consider finding a place to get a free ultrasound before you do anything else.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News we provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing; and we provide those services at no cost to you!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk about your options with a trained client advocate.  Call us today or click here to schedule your medical appointment.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

May 3, 2022

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Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Taking The Abortion Pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?
Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.”

You’re looking at a positive pregnancy test. But what if you don’t want to be pregnant? A telehealth appointment and the abortion pill may seem like the ideal – and quick – solution to your unplanned pregnancy. But what about an ultrasound? Do you even need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Let’s think about this. Actually, let’s look at it from a different angle altogether.

So if you have a dentist appointment, and the dentist says he is going to pull one of your teeth, would you let him do that without telling you why it needs to be pulled, which tooth, and what the complications might be? So, let’s ask an even crazier question. If you talked to a dentist on the phone and he told you he needed to pull the tooth and he’s never even seen you in person, would you let him give you instructions on how to pull the tooth yourself? The obvious answer is no way

So then why would you take pills to have an abortion at home without seeing a medical provider and knowing some very important details?

For example:

  • Where is the pregnancy located? Is it in the uterus? If not, the abortion pill will not work for that pregnancy. Not to mention if the pregnancy is not in the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy which is considered a medical emergency – meaning evaluation by a doctor ASAP. And the only way to know this is to have an ultrasound done before taking the abortion pill.
  • Is there a heartbeat? Why would you pay for a service that could be a financial hardship and may not be needed? Last year 33 of the women that came into our clinic wanting information about abortion left either with a negative pregnancy test or found out they were miscarrying. If they had not come in, they likely would have taken the abortion pill and potentially struggled with the after-effects like depression or regret, which can occur after having an abortion.
  • And finally, how far along are you in your pregnancy? To know that you need to know your EGA or estimated gestational age. This is a very important piece of information if you are planning on taking the abortion pill. The fact is that the further you are in your pregnancy the less effective these pills are at ending the pregnancy, especially without complications. The first pill, mifepristone, is only FDA-approved for 70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) – that is 10 weeks.  So, that means you don’t want to be guessing or assuming your period came when it ‘normally’ does when taking abortion pills. It just isn’t safe. So why risk by guessing at all? You can know your EGA by having an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill.

I would encourage you to slow down for a minute and consider coming in to see us at Alcove Health where all our services are free – including our ultrasounds.

It is very rare that we make good decisions when we are stressed, pressured, or surprised by unexpected news. Not having all the information we need to make an informed decision can put us in a place of regret in the future. The “what-ifs” and “if I had known” thoughts play in our heads on repeat. Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.” We want to be the safe place for you to slow down, talk, process your feelings, and consider your next steps with accurate medical information so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health. Call us today or click here to request an appointment.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 26, 2022

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Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?
Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?

Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision.

The “Abortion Pill” is a combination of two different medications to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone from the pregnancy, and misoprostol causes cramping & bleeding to expel the pregnancy. If you’re considering getting the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, you first need some information and an ultrasound.

Using the mifepristone and misoprostol combination in a medical abortion beyond 10 weeks gestation is not approved by the FDA. That’s calculated as 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Some abortion providers would have you think otherwise, though. Planned Parenthood advertises that you can take the mifepristone up to 11 weeks gestation, thus allowing the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks – despite the FDA’s guidelines.

What’s the big deal you ask?  Mifepristone is a drug in a special category called REMS – Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. REMS is a drug safety program that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns. They have tightly controlled guidelines that must be practiced. They include:

1) The medication must be prescribed by a certified healthcare provider who meets certain qualifications, including signing a Prescriber Agreement Form.

2) The healthcare provider must obtain a signed Patient Agreement Form from the patient after counseling. 

3) Pharmacies that dispense mifepristone must be certified.

The FDA requires numerous tests and studies to develop an approved regimen for medication usage, and when the drugs are used outside of these national safety standards, it could be dangerous. Planned Parenthood has designed its own plan, to use the medications “off label.” They promote doubling the dose of misoprostol (the second medication involved in a medical abortion) to ensure that when a patient takes the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks the pregnancy will be completely terminated. The patient would then experience double the heavy cramping and increased bleeding with clots.

In 2021, the FDA modified the safety terms to allow the purchase of mifepristone over the internet. It was originally designed to be prescribed in person, and these safeguards were removed to allow for more access to abortion during the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Nevertheless, patients still require some laboratory tests before receiving this medication. Full disclosure of the necessary information needed includes:

1) assessment of the duration of the pregnancy

2) confirmation of no ectopic pregnancy

Other important safety considerations include:

    • Ensuring the pregnancy is viable (presence of a heartbeat)
    • Having access to surgical abortion in the case of unsuccessful termination
    • Counseling regarding the known effects of misoprostol in the event of an unsuccessful abortion
    • Blood Rh testing in case immunoglobulin needs to be administered

Medical abortion failure rates increase as the pregnancy approaches 10 weeks gestation and beyond. Medical abortions are most effective under nine weeks gestation – between 94-96%.  Medical abortion effectiveness decreases to 93% at 10 weeks. If given up to 11 weeks, the rate decreases again to 87% effective at terminating the pregnancy. Of course, if the termination is not complete, then a surgical procedure is required.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic can provide valuable medical answers as you are trying to make a pregnancy decision. Our free and confidential services can provide you with:

1) the location of the pregnancy (ensure that it’s not ectopic)

2) the age of the pregnancy (needs to be under 10 weeks for medical abortion)

3) the viability of the pregnancy (ensure you’re not miscarrying)

4) STI testing (abortions can provide an opportune time for infections to spread into the reproductive organs & to the fetus)

5) education regarding abortion, its risks, and follow up needs

6) local medical referrals

This is your reproductive health we’re talking about. These facts are important to your physical health, your emotional health, and your finances! If you’re considering taking the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, first take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision. It’s a big deal – at Alcove Health, we are here to walk with you through it. Click here or call us today to schedule your no cost appointment.

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 12, 2022

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I’m Pregnant And My Boyfriend Is In Jail

I’m pregnant and my boyfriend is in jail
I’m pregnant and my boyfriend is in jail

I’m Pregnant And My Boyfriend Is In Jail

You are not alone, and this situation happens more often than you may think.

Right now, there may be several thoughts going through your mind. You are not alone, and this situation happens more often than you may think. We want you to know we are here for you. You may be afraid to go through pregnancy alone, you may be afraid to go through birth alone, or you may even be afraid that your boyfriend is not the father. If your boyfriend is in jail and you’re considering an abortion, one of the first places to start is with a free abortion consultation.

If you are feeling scared, alone, or even embarrassed, take a deep breath and a moment to call Alcove Women’s Health Clinic. We can help you process your thoughts and emotions as well as help you with any medical questions you may have. 

Making a pregnancy decision is permanent, but try not to make a rash decision based on temporary circumstances and try not to allow the actions of others to dictate your future. Our trained client advocates can help you process this situation, and our registered nurses can help you get answers. During your confidential consultation you will have a safe space to process your feelings and ask questions in complete privacy.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we hear you and we know you want to get answers to all your questions. We know you need support – especially if you are trying to make a pregnancy decision. All our services are at no cost to you and our trained client advocates can also help you with over 300 community resources.

Since your boyfriend is in jail, you may also be concerned that he is not the father. At Alcove Health, we provide no-cost medical services including ultrasounds. Early pregnancy ultrasounds are the most accurate way to measure the age of the pregnancy. Knowing the age of the pregnancy gives the best-estimated conception date. And with a conception date, you will likely have the information you need to determine the father.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, we provide a safe space for you to process your options, along with the medically accurate information you need to make an informed decision. It can be unsettling going through an unplanned pregnancy, especially if your boyfriend is in jail. We’re here to support you.  Call us today  or go online to schedule your no-cost appointment. 

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

March 29, 2022

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Can My Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

Can My Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?
Can My Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

Can My Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

The answer you get with a home pregnancy test can be wrong - and it can take one of our lab-grade pregnancy tests to figure it out.

Last year, 15 women entered our clinic thinking they were pregnant only to receive a negative result on a no-cost lab-grade pregnancy test administered by one of our Registered Nurses. You see, the answer they got on their home pregnancy test was wrong – and it took one of our lab-grade pregnancy tests to figure it out.

For each woman, within the course of a few minutes, her whole life changed.

For some, there was sadness. They wanted to be pregnant. The negative test was a loss. They had already dreamt of the baby they thought they were carrying.

For others, though, this news was met with relief. Happiness. Almost like a secret escape hatch from the nightmare they were living. They didn’t want to be pregnant. They came to our clinic to discuss options and get more information. And with one negative test, everything was different.

It’s rare, but it is possible to get a positive result from a home pregnancy test when you’re not even pregnant.

Sure, store-bought pregnancy tests – yes, even the really cheap ones – are usually accurate when used correctly. But for 15 of our clients last year, “usually accurate” wasn’t accurate at all.

Ultimately, a positive pregnancy test alone doesn’t give enough confidence when you’re making a major life decision about your next steps.

Like whether or not you want an abortion. Abortions are expensive. So, why would you pay for one – based on the results from an at-home pregnancy test – when you may not even have a pregnancy to abort?

And abortions are costly to more than just your wallet. There’s also the cost to your emotional health.

Most women don’t come to the decision to have an abortion with delight and excitement. The language of our culture may call the right to abortion “empowering;” but when it becomes personal – for many women – abortion is an answer they consider only when other things have gone wrong. And it’s not a happy answer.

That’s why women usually find us for help recovering from an abortion about 10 years after their abortion. Because it still hurts – emotionally. Because it was not part of the plan for their lives. So why would you pay the high price with your heart for an abortion on a baby that doesn’t exist? Not knowing is costly to your emotional health.

Add to that the additional reality that positive home pregnancy tests can be misleading if you assume the positive result means you have a viable pregnancy. You can get a positive pregnancy test even if you’re in the process of miscarrying or have already lost the pregnancy.

You see, an abortion on a pregnancy that doesn’t exist or isn’t alive is still an abortion to the woman who receives it. She’ll never know the difference.

But you can know – with a lab-grade pregnancy test and an ultrasound. You don’t have to wonder if your pregnancy test was wrong. Alcove Health Women’s Clinic can give you the answers you need so that you can know what’s going on inside your body. Then you can make a wise choice for your wallet and your heart.

Even more, all of Alcove Health’s medical services (pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STI testing) are available at no cost to you. So you don’t have to make a decision based on incorrect or incomplete information. You could be one of these 15 women – call or click here to make an appointment today for your confidential appointment. Get the answers you deserve.

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

March 22, 2022

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Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?
Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

STD testing before an abortion is an important part of taking care of your reproductive health

Many women considering an abortion are not aware that free STD testing before an abortion is an important part of taking care of your reproductive health.  You might be tempted to think this is an unnecessary step. After all, isn’t it obvious when you have an STD?  We all remember those “nasty” pictures in high school health class.  But that’s not reality. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, many STDs (also known as STIs) “have no signs or symptoms”, meaning they are asymptomatic.  In fact, it’s estimated that 75% of people with STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis are unaware they are infected.  Chlamydia is often called the “silent STD” 

And of course, just because you have no symptoms does not mean you are unable to spread an STD.  In fact, if you live in the Newport News area, you need to know that we apparently have a lot of STDs!  Newport News ranks as the 37th most diseased city in the United States.  In 2020, in Newport News and Hampton, there were 5,289 cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia. And that’s just 2 of the many STDs out there.

So now that you’re convinced free STD testing is important, you might still be asking, “Why do I need STD testing before an abortion?”.  Any type of abortion procedure increases the chance of an undiagnosed STD spreading from your vagina to the rest of your reproductive organs, including your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.  If this were to occur, it can cause a more serious infection called PID, pelvic inflammatory disease. When PID is left untreated it can be life-threatening.

Please do not gamble with your health.  We are here for you.  Not only do we provide no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, but we also provide no-cost STD testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis because no matter what decision you make, we want you to be fully informed and as safe as possible.  We care about you. Call us or click here to request your confidential appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

March 16, 2022

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Is Abortion Painful?

Is Abortion Painful
Is Abortion Painful

Is Abortion Painful?

Your health is worth it.  And your questions deserve answers. 

No one enjoys a medical procedure.  No one.  Most involve some degree of pain and abortion is no exception.  Every abortion comes with its own set of risks and potential pain.  But before you get worked up and anxious, there is at least one thing you need to confirm.  It may sound obvious, but you need to confirm you are pregnant.  So even before you start asking “Is abortion painful?”, consider finding a place where you can get a free pregnancy test as your first step.

But just confirming that you are pregnant isn’t enough.  You need more information.  You need to confirm that your pregnancy is in the right place.  Because if it’s outside the uterus, that is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.  It’s called an ectopic pregnancy and it can be life threatening, not to mention painful. Furthermore, you need to make sure there’s a heartbeat.  After all, without a heartbeat you’ll likely experience a spontaneous abortion, also known as a miscarriage.  You also need to find out how far along you are.  The age of your pregnancy will impact what abortion options are available to you.  So, while it won’t answer your question “Is abortion painful”, a free ultrasound should be next up on your list.

But just confirming that your pregnant and confirming all the information an ultrasound can provide still isn’t enough!  You also need to make sure you don’t have an active STI.  Having an STI can be a painful experience on its own but having an abortion with an active STI can lead to even more serious medical problems.  Finding a place to go where you can get a free STI test should be third on your list.

Once you have that information, you’ll be ready to meet with a registered nurse for abortion education.  That is the best place to have your question answered “Is abortion painful?”  Because while an RN may not be able to give you a definitive answer to your question, the information gained by the free ultrasound can be incredibly helpful in telling you what most women in similar stages of pregnancy have reported. 

That’s a pretty extensive to-do list.  But your health is worth it.  And your question deserves an answer.  We are Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News and we provide pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STI testing.  And we provide it all at no cost!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk to one of our advocates about your unique situation.  Call us today or click here to request an appointment Let us help you get the information you need. We understand the fear of pain is real.  We want to help. 

By Sheri, Client Advocate

March 8, 2022

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Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure
Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital

When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important for you to fully understand all options available to you. If you are considering abortion, here are some extremely important pieces of information you should obtain about the abortion pill vs procedure before moving forward on any plans: 

    • Find out if your pregnancy is implanted correctly in the uterus (not ectopic)
    • Find out if your pregnancy is viable
    • Find out how far along you are in the pregnancy
    • Understand the different procedures and risks associated with them

If you’re looking at a positive pregnancy test and you’re uncertain about your abortion options, below is a comparison of the two most common options: abortion pill vs procedure.

Medical Abortion (Pill)

Know the details:

    • It is approved by the FDA for abortions up to 70 days (10 weeks from LMP).
    • It is a combination of 2 different types of medications, taken 48 hours apart.
    • The first medication is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone from continuing the pregnancy.
    • The second medication (taken at 48 hours) is misoprostol, which causes uterine cramping and bleeding so the contents of the uterus are expelled.

Know what to expect:

    • This process is completed at home and could take up to several hours to complete.
    • There will be heavy cramping and bleeding, often with clots. Some bleeding may last for 2 weeks.
    • It is 93-95% effective.

Know the risks:

Surgical Abortion (Procedure)

Know the details:

    • The cervix is dilated wide enough to place a suction catheter inside and empty the uterus, sometimes using an instrument to scrape the edges to ensure the entire pregnancy is removed.
    • The procedure can be very painful, but usually takes less than 10 minutes.

Know what to expect:

    • It is performed in-clinic only, up to the beginning of the 14th week of pregnancy.
    • It is 98% effective. This procedure is more costly than a medical abortion.
    • Some clinics offer medications for relaxation or pain medication during the procedure, but that could increase your risks.
    • You need a driver to take you home.
    • You may take antibiotics afterwards.
    • Spotting blood may last for up to 2 weeks

Know the risks:

    • Infection and hemorrhage
    • Possible organ perforation or damage

A few other considerations about both types of abortion procedures:

    • Neither of these abortion procedures will treat an ectopic pregnancy—that is considered a medical emergency and must be treated appropriately. An early ultrasound is the best way to identify whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic.
    • If your blood type is Rh Negative, you will need a Rhogam injection.
    • STI testing and full treatment are important before an abortion procedure.
    • Many people experience emotional trauma from abortion procedures, often considered a post-traumatic stress event.
    • An abortion will be part of your OB/GYN health and needs to be disclosed to health professionals as part of your full medical history.

Finally, taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital. It’s important to consider all your options. This decision will likely impact many areas of your life. Here at Alcove Health, our services include an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and STI testing – both at no charge.  Let us provide you with the necessary medical information, practical help & support, and a confidential consult to process your options. Call us today or click here to make an appointment, we are here to help!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

March 1, 2022

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4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

4 Things to Consider before an Abortion
4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion

Making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy is never easy. Being free to choose means understanding all options and resources available. There are some things to consider before an abortion, that’s why it’s so important to have an abortion consultation. At Alcove Health, we care and we want to help. We are here for you. Click here to make an appointment today with one of our compassionate staff members.

Abortion is one of your three pregnancy options. There is vital information that you need to know before proceeding with an abortion. You deserve to know any risks that can occur during an abortion. You also need to know what abortion procedures are available to you. Below you will find 4 important things to consider before an abortion.

1. A Laboratory Grade Pregnancy Test

Get your pregnancy confirmed with a laboratory-grade pregnancy test prior to moving forward with an abortion. This will confirm the results of your at-home pregnancy test, as there is still a chance for inaccurate results. Schedule a confidential pregnancy test at no cost to you at Alcove. Our team of nurses can help you get the clarity you need.

2. Verify the Viability of the Pregnancy

After confirming your pregnancy through a laboratory-grade pregnancy test, verify the results with an ultrasound. An ultrasound reveals three vital details about your pregnancy, all of which are important to consider before an abortion:

    • The viability of your pregnancy (Is there a heartbeat?)
    • The location of your pregnancy (Is the pregnancy in the uterus?)
    • How far along you are (What is the gestational age?)

An ultrasound also indicates if you are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus). In either of these cases, an abortion procedure would not be necessary, but it could be a medical emergency and you would need to seek medical care.

3. The Importance of STI Testing

Whether you have a positive or negative pregnancy test this is a good time to consider STI testing to ensure that you have not been exposed. All women considering abortion should be evaluated for STIs, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms, to ensure that there are no possible complications. It is important to know that undiagnosed or untreated STIs can have a negative impact on any future pregnancies that you may have.

4. Abortion Education and Options Consultation

Before an abortion, you will want proof of a confirmed pregnancy through a pregnancy test and an ultrasound. Once you have confirmed you have a viable pregnancy, it’s important to learn about the procedures available to you. Our registered nurses will give you all the medical information you need, including abortion education. Understanding your body and what will happen during an abortion is vital to your reproductive health. Having a safe space to discuss all your options with a trained client advocate is just as crucial.

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion. Women facing an unplanned pregnancy often feel alone and unheard. We are here for you and we want to help. Click here to make a no-cost appointment today or call us at 757-591-8141.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

February 8th, 2022

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