If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have a lot of questions! We’ve compiled the most common questions we hear below with the answers to help as you navigate your pregnancy options.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
You may be tempted to take a pregnancy test as soon as you miss your period, but for the most accurate results, you should wait until at least one week after your missed period. A pregnancy test measures the levels of hCG, the pregnancy hormone, in your body. This hormone doubles in amount every 72 hours so you’ll get the best reading by waiting several days after you miss your period.
Do I need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound may sound unnecessary and expensive. But actually, it’s very important to have an ultrasound once you know you’re pregnant because it provides crucial information about your pregnancy. It will tell you how far along you are, where the pregnancy is located, and if your pregnancy is viable. If you’re considering an abortion, you’ll need to know all of that information to determine which procedure you can choose.
What are the early signs of pregnancy?
There are several common, early symptoms to look out for if you think you might be pregnant. These include a missed period, tender or swollen breasts, food aversions or cravings, nausea, fatigue, and mood swings. If you experience any of these, especially if you have several of them, it could be an indication you’re pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test!
Where can I get a free pregnancy test in Aurora/Naperville areas?
Waterleaf Women’s Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing in Aurora/Naperville areas. We know how unsettling it can feel to think you might be facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer this service for free. We also offer free education and resources to help you learn as much as you can about all of your pregnancy options so you can make an informed decision.
Where can I get a free ultrasound in Aurora/Naperville areas?
Waterleaf Women’s Center also offers free ultrasounds after a positive pregnancy test. We recommend getting an ultrasound because a pregnancy test can tell you if you’re pregnant, but an ultrasound provides more information you’ll need as you consider your options.
Is abortion legal in Illinois?
Yes. There are two restrictions on abortion in the state of Illinois. The first is that a minor must receive parental consent before an abortion. The second restriction is that women can only get an abortion past the point of viability if their life or health is at risk.
Can I have an STD while pregnant?
Yes. Pregnancy doesn’t protect you or the fetus from the sexually-transmitted disease. Often, STDs don’t have noticeable symptoms so it’s important to be tested. It’s important to learn about an STD as early as possible so you can seek treatment, especially as the pregnancy develops.
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is an early pregnancy termination drug. It’s divided into two pills; each pill utilizes a different drug. The first pill, Mifepristone, blocks your body’s production of progesterone and causes the pregnancy to stop growing. It is taken at the abortion clinic where the doctor prescribed the abortion. The second pill, Misoprostol, is taken at least 24 hours later and causes contractions so your body can expel the pregnancy. It is taken at home where you will pass the pregnancy.
Can I order the abortion pill online?
There are some websites that sell the abortion pill online, but it actually could be illegal to order it off the internet. This is because FDA regulations require a doctor’s prescription. It’s also best to have an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill so you know exactly how far along you are since the abortion pill is only effective through the first nine weeks of pregnancy. You also can guarantee that the dosages are correct and it’s sometimes difficult to discern where the pills are coming from. Abortion in any form is a serious medical procedure and should be prescribed by a doctor in person for your health and safety.
What Are The Side Effects Of The Abortion Pill?
Physical Side Effects
According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the expected side effects of the abortion pill method:
- Heavy bleeding, sometimes passing large blood clots
- Severe abdominal cramping or back pain as you expel the fetus
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Fever and Chills lasting more than 24 hours
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Emotional Side Effects
You need to weigh your decision carefully. Abortion is a permanent and final decision. Some of the emotions women express feeling are:
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