Abortion is a permanent decision that terminates a viable pregnancy. If you’re considering this option, there are three actions you’ll need to take beforehand to protect your health:
- Receive an ultrasound
- Get tested for STIs
- Review your medical history
These three steps can often be accomplished during one appointment. Read on to learn more about each step and why it’s important.
If you have a positive result on a pregnancy test, or you missed your menstrual period, receiving an ultrasound is an important first step because it confirms the gestational age of the pregnancy and ensures that it’s growing in the correct location.
When considering an abortion, the gestational age of the pregnancy is vital to know because it determines what type of abortion you can receive, according to certain laws and health requirements. And knowing the location of the pregnancy rules out ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.
2. STI Testing
Some people might not show symptoms of an STI, which is why it’s important to get tested and treated before an abortion. Undergoing an abortion with an untreated STI can put you at a greater risk for developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
3. Evaluation of Medical History
The risks associated with abortion increase with certain factors, and an abortion isn’t recommended due to safety concerns in the following situations:
- If your pregnancy is too far along
- If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place
- If you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy
- If you have certain medical conditions
This is not an exhaustive list, which is why it’s important to speak with a medical provider to review your personal history and situation.
Along with these three steps, it’s also important to learn more about the side effects and risks associated with abortion so that you can make an informed decision for yourself and your future.
Here at Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing. Schedule an appointment today. This pregnancy journey might feel scary, but we’re here to walk with you.