If you are considering having an abortion, there are critical questions that you need to have answered first. Many factors can impact the type of abortion procedure you will have. At A Woman’s Choice in Lakeland, our clinic staff will provide you with the medical services and information to answer all of these important questions:
How do I know if I am really pregnant?
- The best way to know if you’re pregnant is to have a lab quality urine pregnancy test, followed by an ultrasound if the test is positive. An ultrasound will confirm the pregnancy and identify how far along you are (gestational age). It also will tell for sure if a living pregnancy is present in the uterus.
How do I know how far along I am?
- After a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound will provide a confirmation of the gestational age, which is how far along you are. This will determine which types of abortion are available to you and what the cost of an abortion will be.
What types of abortion procedures are there?
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may have any one of the following abortion procedures:
- Vacuum Aspiration (up to 13 weeks LMP)
- D&C – Dilation & Curettage (within 12-16 weeks LMP)
- D&E – Dilation & Evacuation (within 16-21 weeks LMP)
Can I take the Abortion Pill?
- The Abortion Pill, or RU-486, is not the same as the Morning After Pill (or Plan B). Each works differently for different pregnancy related situations. The Abortion Pill can only be used up to a certain point of a pregnancy and does have risks with its use. You must see a doctor to obtain the Abortion Pill. However, first, you must confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are. Click here for more information on the Abortion Pill.
How much will an abortion cost?
- The cost of an abortion varies greatly, depending on the type of procedure you will have and how far along your pregnancy is. That is why it is critical to have an ultrasound. We can provide an ultrasound to give you this information at no cost to you.
Is abortion safe?
- It is important to learn about the immediate and long term physical, emotional, and psychological risks associated with abortions. When planning to have an abortion procedure, it is critical that you understand the rights you have to protect your health and safety during the procedure.
What if I have already had an abortion?
When do I have to make a decision?
- It is important to take the time you need to gather facts about your pregnancy and all of your options so you can make an informed decision. At A Woman’s Choice, we are here to sit down with you, learn about your situation and provide the information you need.
What are other things I need to know if I want an abortion?
What if I am having a miscarriage?
- One in five pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage in the first trimester without an abortion procedure. An ultrasound will determine if you have a living pregnancy. A Woman’s choice offers free ultrasounds.
Is your pregnancy in your uterus?
- An embryo will occasionally implant somewhere other than the uterus, called an ectopic pregnancy. This can be life-threatening if undetected, and an abortion won’t resolve this complication.
Do I have a sexually transmitted infection?
- Some common STIs, if left untreated prior to an abortion, can put your future reproductive health at risk due to an increased risk of complications. You may be eligible for free STD testing at our clinic.
Can an abortion procedure be stopped?
- If you have taken only the first of the two pills given for an Abortion Pill procedure, there is a possibility that the abortion can be stopped. If you have changed your mind, there is an effective process for reversing the abortion pill, called Abortion Pill Reversal. Timing is critical in Abortion Pill Reversal, so call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-877-558-0333 quickly. When you call, you will talk with a nurse who can guide you towards reversing the effects of the abortion pill.
A Woman’s Choice is not a Lakeland abortion clinic and does not perform or refer for abortions. We do, however, give you the information you need to make an informed choice.