An unplanned pregnancy can be frightening and overwhelming. You may already have your heart set on an option like abortion, but there are several things you’ll want to do beforehand.
Confirming your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing, receiving an obstetric ultrasound and STD testing, and learning about all your pregnancy options will help you make an informed decision.
1.Confirm Your Pregnancy
Though you received a positive result from an at-home pregnancy test, it is wise to test again with a lab-quality test. Sometimes, a false negative can occur if you perform an at-home test inaccurately or if you tested too soon. Give yourself peace of mind by visiting your local pregnancy center and asking to confirm your results.
Ventura County Pregnancy Center offers no-cost pregnancy testing open to all women.
2.Receive an Ultrasound and STD Testing
You may wonder why you need an ultrasound if you’ve decided about your pregnancy. An obstetric ultrasound is a harmless scan that confirms crucial details you should know before making any decision.
You’ll learn about your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location. This information can help you determine whether you are eligible for abortion or need medical treatment for a condition like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. In those cases, an abortion cannot be performed, and your life could be endangered if you do not seek proper care.
STD testing is also essential, as many diseases can be transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth. Untreated STDs can result in painful complications like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). You owe it to yourself to protect your health.
3.learn About Your Options
Even if you want an abortion, you must understand the risks, side effects, and possible complications associated with each procedure. Another option, such as parenting or adoption, may be right for you.
Receiving accurate, fact-based information is critical. Ventura County Pregnancy Center offers confidential, trustworthy pregnancy options information free of charge. Our trained client advocates are here to help you.
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Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? We’re here for you. Request an appointment today to learn how we can help you.