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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3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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Telabortion

Young woman on laptop during a telabortion call
Young woman on laptop during a telabortion call

Telabortion

Telabortion is a research study that sells abortions without having any in-person care

TELABORTION IS A STUDY

Medical abortions account for 42% of abortions in our country, and they come with issues that are often not discussed.  Very recent legal actions have changed the landscape of abortion today. This study attracts the attention of a woman facing a crisis and is packaged as an easy solution.  However, it is putting the health and safety of vulnerable young women at risk.  Advertisements tout ease and simplicity, BUT ignore the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) warnings regarding the medications used in medical abortions (mifepristone and misoprostol). 

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS

There are very specific guidelines in place for the use of mifepristone and misoprostol.  The FDA has classified mifepristone under the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. REMS is meant for drugs known to have serious safety concerns.   Also, there are necessary medical tests that should be completed before and after they are prescribed.  The FDA website currently states:  “Mifeprex may only be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider”.

Yet these drugs, risky as they may be, are being mailed out – to be taken at home, alone – without a physician to care for the patient.

Here’s the real deal:  Telabortion is a research study that sells abortions without having any in-person care, not even a free ultrasound.  There is a glaring absence of the “one on one” relationship with a medical provider covering all the protocols.  Specific recommendations for medical abortion protocol should be based on established published scientific literature.  The steps should include screening for eligibility, counseling, education, informed consent, medical history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, medication, follow-up care, and conclusion of treatment.  Don’t take any shortcuts with your reproductive health.  

WE CAN DO MORE FOR THE WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY

Here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you will get the Real Deal.  We are the only free clinic on the Virginia Peninsula that will meet with you one on one and cover all of the options available to you when making a pregnancy decision.  We offer confidentiality, accurate medical information, resources, and trustworthy counsel. You’re not part of a “study” here. You get a human relationship with listening ears and options tailored to your needs.  Your decision today can have a long-lasting impact. Call and make an appointment today at 757-591-8141

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment today.

By Meg, RN, BSN

April 19, 2021

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Why “Delivered Discreetly to Your Home” Abortions Are An Unnecessary Risk

Woman having abortion pills delivered discreetly in the mail
Woman having abortion pills delivered discreetly in the mail

WHY "DELIVERED DISCREETLY TO YOUR HOME" ABORTIONS ARE AN UNNECESSARY RISK

March 4, 2021

We can all agree there are times when our only option is a risky one. For instance, if I was being chased by someone with a knife, then I’d probably risk knocking on a stranger’s door for help. Or if I was stranded on a deserted island and a stranger offered to help me home, I’d probably risk accepting help from a stranger. 

Because these risks would be worth it. 

Because the alternatives would be riskier.

But then again, there are times when the risk isn’t worth it; when it’s not even necessary.

Mail-to-home abortions fit into this last category.

The FDA requirements for medical abortions (by pill) require that a woman see a provider in-person to receive the medications. This requirement has been removed temporarily during the COVID pandemic. 

While the restriction has been removed, the need it met has not been removed. There are good reasons – for our health as women – that a visit to the provider is required by the FDA. You see, good medical care often requires care that can only be provided in person.

Like an ultrasound. You may be able to get an abortion by mail, but you can’t get a free ultrasound delivered to your mailbox. For years, an ultrasound was required standard of care prior to receiving an abortion in Virginia. Why? Because it gave a woman the information she needed. Because it protected her health. An ultrasound shows if a pregnancy is ectopic. An ultrasound reveals if there is even a viable pregnancy. We’re smart women – these details are important. 

Maybe not to the abortion provider. To the abortion provider these details – an ectopic or nonviable pregnancy – mean their services will not be purchased. 

But to a woman’s health, well, this information is vital.

And ultrasounds – here in Hampton Roads – are available. And free. Right here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. No gimmicks. Just safe care because we care about the women in our community. 

Risky procedures don’t make sense when we have better options that are free.

There are times I’ll take some risks. 

But not with my health. Not when I don’t have to. Not when the safe answer is also the free answer.

Say no to risky procedures; say yes to safe medical care. Call Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today. Schedule your free – and safe – medical appointment today.

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

April 17, 2021

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The Abortion Pill

Information on the abortion pill, which is two medications used to perform a medical abortion
Information on the abortion pill, which is two medications used to perform a medical abortion

THE ABORTION PILL

Have you ever wondered what the abortion pill does and how it works? Have you had your abortion consultation and still have questions about the abortion pill?

Well, the term is called, Medical Abortion and it’s used for under 10 weeks gestation, it’s actually a combination of two different medications, taken two days apart. The first medication is called RU 486, or Mifeprex. It blocks the hormone progesterone from getting to the embryo- causing disconnection from the uterine wall and the heartbeat stops. The second set of pills, called Cytotec or Misoprostol, is taken at home 48 hours later. It causes uterine cramping to expel the pregnancy. Often heavy cramping and bleeding occurs, and could last for up to 1-2 weeks.

IF for any reason, someone changes their mind after taking the first medication, but BEFORE taking the second medication, a reversal protocol could be possible. It’s best to begin the reversal protocol within 72 hours of taking the RU486 pill. High doses of progesterone are used to counteract the RU 486. There is a nationwide hotline number to call that will connect the woman with a medical provider to begin this treatment. The success rate is between 64-68%, meaning their pregnancies continued and they delivered their babies.

If you have taken the Abortion Pill and regret this decision – call the 24-hour hotline 877-558-0333 and they will connect you with a medical professional who can guide you towards reversing the effects of the abortion pill.

At Alcove Health we understand women are making decisions about unplanned pregnancies and we are here to help. If you are considering Abortion, click here.

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