Free Pregnancy Test
The first reason to visit a pregnancy clinic before getting an abortion is to get a free pregnancy test. Many women think they're pregnant because they're experiencing common symptoms like a late or missed period or tender, swollen breasts. But the only way to know for sure if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.
Pregnancy clinics offer these tests for free and can also answer any related questions you may have. It's very important to know for sure you're pregnant before getting an abortion, especially if you're thinking about taking the abortion pill. Otherwise, the drugs could wreak havoc on your body and you'll spend money on a procedure or prescription you don't need.
While a pregnancy test will reveal whether or not the pregnancy hormone is present, it can't tell us anything about the viability of the pregnancy. That is done through an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound technology utilizes sound waves to generate pictures of the inside of your uterus to answer important questions about the pregnancy like the following:
Where is the pregnancy located?
An ultrasound will reveal whether the pregnancy is located in the uterus or not. Sometimes the pregnancy attaches somewhere else, most commonly in the Fallopian tubes, and this "ectopic pregnancy" can pose serious dangers to your health if not addressed immediately by a doctor.
This type of pregnancy is nonviable and will need to be removed by a doctor. The abortion pill and other abortion procedures do not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.
How far along is the pregnancy?
Based on the images generated from the ultrasound, the size of the fetus is measured which will indicate how far along you are in the pregnancy.
This is important if you're considering an abortion because it will determine the type of abortion you would have. Generally, the abortion pill can only be taken up to 10 weeks. After 10 weeks into the pregnancy requires the surgical procedure.
Is there a heartbeat?
Fetal heartbeat begins around 22 days after conception and can be seen through an ultrasound exam as early as 5 ½ weeks. If there is no heartbeat, the pregnancy is not viable and may miscarry naturally. A pregnancy test may still come back positive even soon after a miscarriage because the hormone is still present.
It's important to determine the dating and the viability of a pregnancy prior to having an abortion.
Free Information & Support
Another very important reason to visit a pregnancy clinic before getting an abortion is so you can be aware of all the resources and support available to you. It's important to consider all your options before making a decision that will impact the rest of your life.
You should seek all the information you can, and because pregnancy clinics do not profit from your decision either way, you can trust the information provided.
Pregnancy clinics exist to help you navigate your pregnancy-related decisions, providing all the information and education you need to make a fully informed decision.
If you're considering abortion but need more information or the free services a pregnancy clinic can provide, please contact us to schedule an appointment today!