Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Before you schedule an abortion, it’s crucial to take the time to gather as much information as possible. Asking yourself the right questions can help you make an informed choice that is best for you – both for now and for your future.
You need the answers to three essential questions before scheduling an abortion:
1. Am I Really Pregnant?
2. How Far Along Am I?
3. Could I Have an STI?
Question #1: Am I really pregnant?
The first question you should address is whether you are truly pregnant. Many early pregnancy symptoms, such as missed periods, nausea, and breast tenderness, can also be caused by other medical conditions. Home tests are convenient, but can sometimes be hard to read.
To get the most accurate results, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional. Here at Advice & Aid, we have medical-grade pregnancy tests that are evaluated by our medical professionals, which helps take the guesswork out of reading the results.
Accurate knowledge of your pregnancy status is essential before making any decisions regarding abortion.
Question #2: How Far Along Am I?
Different options are available – or not – at different stages of your pregnancy. In order to answer this question without a doubt, you need a sonogram to determine if your pregnancy is even viable (meaning that it is progressing in a normal manner) and how far along you are.
Sometimes, pregnancies can be ectopic (occurring outside the uterus) or a miscarriage may have already occurred, but your pregnancy test is still registering the hormones and showing as positive.
Knowing your gestational age allows you to make an informed choice about the next steps you should be considering. At Advice & Aid, all of our sonograms are performed by registered and highly-trained professionals and are always offered at absolutely no cost to you.
Question #3: Could I Have an STI?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, and it’s essential to consider the possibility of having an STI when you’re pregnant, especially if you are contemplating an abortion. Undiagnosed and untreated STIs can have serious health implications.
Before considering what your next step should be, it’s crucial to get tested for STIs first. At a time when you may be feeling like things are out of your control, it’s important for you to take back control of this important area of your health. If you test positive, you need to be treated immediately.
Our trained medical professionals can provide both testing and treatment for specific types of STI, completely free of charge to you.
Considering an abortion is not something that should be rushed into. You may feel like you don’t have time to look into your options, but you actually do. You need someone who is knowledgeable (both in the medical field and in the different options available to you) and who can offer some real help.
We are pro-YOU! We are here to empower you, calm the storm, and give you the answers to the questions you need to be asking before you consider scheduling an abortion.