Abortion is a major life decision.  It is your right to know about abortion risks and procedures.  At First Care, we encourage you to take time to learn about all of your options.  Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy.  Although we don't perform or refer for abortions, we will help you understand what you can expect from each type of abortion procedure. Make an appointment today to get the information you need before scheduling an abortion.

Information You Should Know Before Scheduling an Abortion

1.  Be Sure You're Really Pregnant

Before getting an abortion, you will need to verify that you're actually pregnant.  Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should confirm your pregnancy with a medical quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound.  Be aware that about 10-20% of known pregnancies end in natural miscarriage.  Actual rates may be higher as many women miscarry before knowing they are pregnant.  Schedule an appointment today to confirm your pregnancy.

2.  Find Out How Far Along You Are

Having an ultrasound is an important piece in making an informed decision. At First Care, we can provide you with a free limited ultrasound. The purpose of a limited ultrasound is to determine the location of the fetus, confirm a heartbeat and provide the estimated gestational age, which is based on measurements taken of the fetus. Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along you are.  

3.  Learn About Abortion Procedures and Risks

The type of abortion available to you will depend on how far along you are.  Take time to learn about the procedure(s) you are considering including potential risks and complications.

Learn more about abortion procedures at various stages of pregnancy.

4.  Get Tested for STDs First

All women considering abortion should be tested for STDs even in if they are not experiencing any symptoms, to ensure that there are no possible complications.  Untreated STDs can spread during a surgical abortion and could cause complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to an increased risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and reduced fertility. Schedule an appointment for STD testing today.

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