Not On This Body

Don't engage in risky behavior when it comes to your health
Don't engage in risky behavior when it comes to your health

Not On This Body

I won’t risk an abortion without an ultrasound.

There’s a new research study allowing abortions-by-mail in Virginia.  The fact that abortions by mail are provided as part of a study, well that’s telling. Why a study? Why isn’t this already FDA-approved?  Being part of a “study” allows a provider to bypass standard safety procedures. When safety measures are side-stepped – even for the sake of a study – women are less safe. Always. It’s right there in the wording – women don’t even come into a clinic, so all in-person care is, well, removed.  Mail-to-home abortions may be easy – especially for abortion providers, but they aren’t safe – for women.

You see, there are some things you just can’t receive virtually. Abortions by mail bypass some pretty important medical services – like a free ultrasound. Or a free STI/STD test. Or a properly administered free pregnancy test. 

Even in light of concerns about COVID exposure, let’s be honest. We go to Walmart, right?  So, we’ll risk COVID for groceries and toilet paper, but not for our reproductive health? That doesn’t make any sense.

Here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we don’t want you to engage in risky behavior.  That’s why we are vigilant about cleaning all client touch rooms (probably more so than your local grocery store) and we schedule appointments in a way that limits the number of people in our waiting room (not just for COVID spacing, but also for your privacy – but’s that’s a topic for another blog).  We also work hard to honor your time and stay on schedule, so your time in our waiting room is held to a minimum.

What’s more, all of our services – including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI tests – are provided at no cost to you.

So, there’s no reason to gamble on an ill-informed abortion. An abortion without an ultrasound is always a risky gamble. Without an ultrasound, you can’t rule out an ectopic pregnancy, you can’t know for sure how far along you are (medical abortions have gestational age restrictions) and you can’t know if you even have a viable pregnancy.  And this gamble can easily be avoided here on the Virginia Peninsula.

Without paying a penny. 

You don’t have to say no to an abortion to make an appointment with Alcove Health. All you have to do is say yes to your safety and health. Then pick up the phone and call us. We’ll talk to you about all your options and find you an appointment so you can be seen – in person – quickly.

We want to make things convenient and easy for you, too. We just don’t think you should have to endanger yourself for ease. You can have ease and safe health care – in Newport News at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. Call us today at 757-591-8141 or click here. 

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

May 13, 2021

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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

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By Meg, RN, BSN

April 19, 2021

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