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Forestville Pregnancy Center

Considerations Before Having an Abortion

Before an abortion procedure, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure abortion is the right choice for you. Contact the Forestville Pregnancy Center to speak with a counselor about these steps. Talk to us about your abortion questions. We can provide answers for you.

1. Be Sure You’re Pregnant
Before you make an appointment for an abortion, confirm that you’re actually pregnant. Contact our pregnancy center for a free pregnancy test. Our tests are laboratory quality and more accurate that most over-the-counter varieties.  Missing a period and experiencing other pregnancy symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re pregnant. Other factors such as lifestyle, diet, exercise and even medication can sometimes trigger a late or missed period.

2. Confirm The Pregnancy Is Viable
Up to 30% of early pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, avoiding the need for an abortion. Before seeking an abortion, contact us to learn if your pregnancy is viable (living) or at risk for a natural miscarriage. An abortion performed when a pregnancy is not viable can result in unnecessary cost and complications.

3. How Many Weeks?
Different abortion methods are used in different weeks of pregnancy. Before you schedule your abortion procedure, contact our pregnancy center.  Our ultrasound staff can schedule a free viability sonogram for you to accurately date your pregnancy and provide other important information about the risks for the particular type of abortion you will need.  They can help answer your questions about what abortion methods may be available to you. Speak to an RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) to discuss your abortion options and learn what you can expect from each type of abortion procedure.

4. Be Tested For STDs
It’s important to be tested for STDs before your abortion. If you have an undiagnosed STD during your abortion procedure, it may cause complications following the abortion, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which can lead to serious medical consequences including infertility and possibility of an ectopic pregnancy in the future.

5. Know About Any Potential Complications
Women who’ve had an abortion report many different experiences. There are possible physical, psychological and emotional side effects. The licensed medical professionals at the Pregnancy Clinic our pregnancy center are available to answer your questions about the potential physical health risks associated with various abortion methods, as well as some emotional and psychological side effects.  If you already have had a previous abortion, we also conduct abortion recovery classes to assist you with dealing with the emotional consequences of this abortion.

6. Be Sure No One Is Pressuring You
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it’s your decision. No one can decide for you, pressure you, or force you to have an abortion, even if you’re a minor. Forced abortion is against the law. Contact the Forestville Pregnancy Center to receive the information and support you need to make your own decision about your pregnancy.

7. Talk To A Confidential Source
Abortion is a big decision. Having a certified counselor or a medical staff member to talk to and provide support can provide you with the confidence you need to know you’re making the right decision for yourself and your unborn baby. The Forestville Pregnancy Center staff is experienced in supporting and caring for women facing unexpected pregnancies. Contact our Center to make a confidential appointment to talk to us about your situation and discover your options.

8. Parental Notification Requirements

If you’re under 18 years old and you’re seeking an abortion, you should know that, according to Maryland law, some clinics require you to notify your parents about your decision to have an abortion. However, no parental notification is needed to visit our pregnancy center. Contact us to make a free, confidential appointment to receive the information you need to make an informed decision.