1. Is your pregnancy viable?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, between 10-25% of known pregnancies are not viable and end naturally in miscarriage – usually within the first 13 weeks. Having a positive pregnancy test does not mean that you have a viable pregnancy that will carry to term. An ultrasound can confirm viability – letting you know if you even have a pregnancy that requires a decision. Focus Women’s Center offers ultrasounds as part of our no-cost Pregnancy Verification and Consultation appointment.
2. How far along are you?
While you may have an idea of how far along you are (otherwise known as the gestational age) based on the date of your last menstrual period (LMP), it is very common for these dates to be off due to various reasons. An ultrasound is the most accurate way to determine gestational age, which then determines which type of abortion procedure you might qualify for. At Focus Women’s Center, we are able to provide an ultrasound free of cost so that you will know which abortion procedure(s) you are even eligible for and can make a more informed decision.
3. Do you have an STD/STI?
Untreated sexually transmitted diseases or infections can
cause serious complications for those who have abortions by increasing their risk of infection. Anyone considering abortion should be tested and treated for STDs prior to the procedure. Focus Women’s Center offers confidential STD testing for the two most common STDs in McHenry County, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, free of charge.
4. What are the different types of abortion?
There are several different types of abortion procedures – each with different risks, side effects, and financial costs. That is why it is so important to discuss your options ahead of time with a knowledgeable medical professional so that you can get accurate medical information and make a fully informed decision. At Focus Women’s Center, you will meet one-on-one with a member of our medical team who will go over each of the abortion procedures with you and answer any questions that you may have.
5. Do I have any other options?
Focus Women’s Center believes in educating every patient on all their legal options. We understand that for many of our patients, circumstances in their lives can change quickly and some may find themselves suddenly forced to consider options they did not think about before. Therefore, as part of our no-cost Pregnancy Verification and Consultation appointment, each patient will be offered information on abortion, parenting, and adoption, as well as a list of local resources that can be of assistance. Our goal is to equip each of our patients with enough knowledge about all their options so that they can make a fully informed decision that is right for them. At Focus Women’s Center we are dedicated to educating our patients in a neutral, no-pressure, judgement-free environment so that you can feel safe to ask questions and gather the information you need to move forward and make your decision.
American Pregnancy Association. (2019). Miscarriage. Retrieved from https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/miscarriage/
U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2020). Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000888.htm