I’m Considering an Abortion: What Do I Need to Know?
May 10th, 2021
Confirm Your Pregnancy Before Making a Decision for Abortion
Taking a home pregnancy test does not confirm pregnancy. The pregnancy test is only the first step; an ultrasound is the most accurate way to confirm a viable pregnancy, find out how far along she is, and always should be performed by a trained medical professional.
Rule Out Abnormalities Before Making A Decision for Abortion
After a positive pregnancy test, the next step is to determine if the pregnancy is healthy and rule out miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. This is done through both a comprehensive medical assessment and an ultrasound performed by a trained ultrasound sonographer.
An ultrasound is an imaging procedure using high-frequency sound waves to allow you and the medical professional to get a better understanding of what is going on with your body. It confirms a viable pregnancy, how far along she is, and a fetal heartbeat.
Rule Out Miscarriage Before Making A Decision for Abortion
A miscarriage is a spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Approximately 10-20 % of pregnancies end in miscarriage and an even higher percentage of miscarriages occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
According to the United States CDC, 1,118,000 out of 6,578,000 total pregnancies end in miscarriage with 80% of those occurring in the first trimester.
During an ultrasound appointment, a licensed sonographer will perform a comprehensive assessment including health history, vital signs, and pain assessment to detect abnormal cramping in your pelvic area or back, fluid, or clots actively passing through your vagina or spotting.
Often, miscarriages are silent. If none of these signs and symptoms are present, the licensed sonographer can proceed with the ultrasound. If the ultrasound demonstrates the inability to detect a baby’s heartbeat after six or more weeks of life, miscarriage precautions will be given and the patient will be immediately referred to a higher level of OBGYN care or emergency services.
Through early detection and intervention made possible by the ultrasound and comprehensive health assessment, life-threatening conditions can be assessed and addressed immediately.
Rule Out Ectopic Pregnancy Before Making A Decision for Abortion
An ectopic pregnancy is one that is growing in the wrong place. A normal baby grows inside the uterus or womb, but in an ectopic pregnancy, the baby can be in the fallopian tube, ovary, cervix, or abdominal cavity.
Ectopic pregnancies account for 1-2% of pregnancies and are the most common cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the first trimester.
During an ultrasound appointment, the sonographer will assess the patient for severe pain, specifically centered on one side of the abdomen or pelvis, lightheadedness, dizziness, blackouts, abnormally low blood pressure, the passage of tissue from the vagina or bleeding from the vagina that may or may not be active.
If the patient reports these symptoms during the health assessment or if the patient has a positive pregnancy test without a gestational sac on ultrasound, the patient will receive ectopic precautions and be referred to urgent care for immediate medical attention.
Detecting Complications Before Making a Decision for Abortion
Missed ectopic pregnancy is a leading cause of emergency medicine malpractice claims.
At Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, we prioritize a comprehensive health assessment, which includes the ultrasound to not only give the patient all the information to make informed decisions but to aid in the early detection of medical emergencies.
We understand the integral part this plays in patient outcomes. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Our History: Hope, Help, and Healing for San Diego County Women Since 2000
Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center opened in 2000, with the mission of offering women in our community a different kind of resource center. And since that time, our community-based programs and services have helped over 5,000 women and their families in a variety of ways, including:
Why Choose Us
1 in 4 pregnancies ends naturally without the need or consideration for abortion. Women considering abortion have a right to know if their pregnancy is likely to miscarry before even considering abortion. All services are provided at no cost to California Residents.
What We Do
Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center opened in 2000, with the mission of offering women in our community a different kind of resource center. And since that time, our community-based programs and services have helped over 5,000 women
Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center opened in 2000, with the mission of offering women in our community a different kind of resource center. And since that time, our community-based programs and services have helped over 5,000 women and their families in a variety of ways.
7340 Miramar Rd #204
San Diego, CA 92126
Call: (619) 331-3993
Text: (858) 822-9335