This pregnancy journey might feel overwhelming, but your health is most important. If you’re considering an abortion, there are certain steps you can take to protect your health and ensure that you make an informed decision.
While there are different types of abortions, each one involves terminating a viable pregnancy through different means. Read on to learn what actions you can take to safeguard your health and what options are available as next steps.
1.Getting an Ultrasound
Even if you received a positive pregnancy test, getting an ultrasound is an important first step on your pregnancy journey. An ultrasound can confirm that you’re in fact pregnant, and it will also reveal the gestational age and location of the pregnancy.
Gestational age is important if you’re considering an abortion because your options will be limited depending on how far along you are.
Location will ensure that your pregnancy is developing within the uterus and that you’re not experiencing an ectopic pregnancy–a life-threatening condition in which the pregnancy develops outside the uterus, most commonly in a fallopian tube.
2.Talking about Medical History
Certain medical conditions and medications can make receiving a medical abortion no longer an option. This is why it’s vital to speak with a medical professional regarding your personal history and current situation.
Some of the situations that can rule out medical abortion as an option include, but aren’t limited to:
- Having an intrauterine device (IUD) in place
- Experiencing an ectopic pregnancy
- Having certain medical conditions, including kidney, lung, or liver disease
- Taking blood thinners or steroids
3.Receiving STI Testing
Did you know that some STIs don’t cause symptoms in certain people? And that having an STI while undergoing an abortion can put you at a greater risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)? This is why it’s important to receive STI testing and treatment if needed before considering an abortion.
You Have Options
While it’s important to take these steps before considering an abortion, you’ll also want to learn more about all the potential risks associated with the procedure. Only then can you be empowered to make the decision that’s right for you.
Here at Vie Medical Clinic, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and more. Schedule a confidential appointment today to talk to one of our welcoming medical staff.