There are three things needed before abortion: information on risks, an ultrasound, and STD testing/treatment.
These three things will help ensure you feel adequately informed about your personal health situation and any other factors that could play a role in your decision. Abortion does alter the course of your life, so you want to be sure before proceeding.
Keep reading for more details on why these three things are needed and how to get them without insurance or any cost to you.
1. Ultrasound Scan
An ultrasound is a critical step during pregnancy. It tells you how far along you are, your pregnancy’s location, and if your pregnancy is viable and progressing.
Knowing your pregnancy’s gestation will determine the procedures you’re eligible for.
An ultrasound will also detect if your pregnancy is developing or if miscarriage happened. If miscarriage is discovered, an abortion would no longer be required to end the pregnancy. The pregnancy would have already ended, saving you any out-of-pocket abortion expenses.
Miscarriage treatment would typically be covered by insurance. This might be necessary to prevent infection. We offer ultrasounds at no cost to help you verify your pregnancy’s important details.
If the pregnancy is found outside the uterus in a fallopian tube or another location, it is ectopic. This can be life-threatening and requires timely treatment. An ultrasound at our center will also screen for this condition.
2. Information on Risks
As with any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects to consider. These should also be viewed in the context of your personal health history.
There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical.
Medical abortion is also known as the abortion pill and medication abortion. This is because the procedure requires taking drugs to end the pregnancy and expel it through uterine contractions and vaginal bleeding.
In contrast, surgical abortion typically happens at an abortion clinic or hospital. In this procedure, the pregnancy ends and is removed through a combination of tools and suction.
Both types of abortion come with a risk of infection, but they have individual risks related to the specifics of the procedures.
Make sure you know the risks in detail before making a decision and also factor in any underlying conditions. For instance, a bleeding disorder could make medical abortion unsafe since it triggers bleeding.
3. STD Testing and Treatment
STDs are common, especially among people aged 15 to 24 years old. Getting regular testing and treatment should always be a priority, but especially during pregnancy or before abortion.
Abortion disturbs the normal barrier created by the cervix. This means if there is an existing STD, it can be spread further into the reproductive system. If this spreads, it can develop into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can leave lasting damage.
Testing and treatment can help mitigate this risk, and shouldn’t be skipped.
Pregnancy Services Without Insurance Requirements
At Sienna Women’s Health, we offer a range of services at no cost to you!
These services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and abortion information. We can also refer for additional services and inform you of certain local resources to help make your pregnancy journey a little easier.
Schedule a no-cost consultation today!