The Abortion Option

So, the test was POSITIVE, now what…? Take a few minutes to breathe and calm down. A decision needs to be made soon, but it doesn’t need to be made the same day you find out you’re pregnant. Finding out you’re pregnant can be difficult if the pregnancy is unplanned. Before you choose what to do about your pregnancy, take your time to make a well-informed decision. Take time to research the facts, to talk to a trusted individual, and to think on your own before you decide. Knowing that your pregnant is just the first step, but now what do you need to know? Currently, there are three abortion options available: The morning-after pill (also known as Plan B, ella or emergency contraception), the abortion pill (RU-486) and a surgical abortion.  Each of these options carries its own risks and you should take the time to understand how they work and what complications are associated with them.  Here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center we have this information and have the time to sit down and answer all your questions! Determining how pregnant you are is step one.  If you are considering an abortion, it is important to have a limited obstetrical ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy to better understand the type of abortion procedure available to you.  Limited ultrasound can also show if a natural miscarriage is occurring (Is my pregnancy viable?) or if your pregnancy is ectopic (a pregnancy that begins developing outside the uterus), which can be life threatening.  Know the answers to these questions! We are here to help you.  We are committed to offering accurate information to help you make your decision. ABBA has no financial interest in your pregnancy because we do not perform abortions.  We are here to help you sort through difficult options and provide you with information to help you make your decision. Call us and make a confidential appointment that will provide you information without pressure.  #pregnancyresourcecenter #pregnant #freeservices #pregnancyhelp #ultrasound Elena,...

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Rebecca’s Story

“My name is *Rebecca. I am twenty four years old. I have a son who is almost five. I am currently twenty five weeks pregnant with my second boy. I am so thrilled to be a mum again. I never thought I would have any more children after my first boy, but God has other plans for me. I currently work full time with intellectually disabled adults. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it. I work hard to take care of my children but sometimes we all need some extra help; this is where ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center comes into my life. I started going to the Center with my first pregnancy and they’ve been fantastic. I was nervous and scared but ABBA has the resources to help me with parenting. My Client Advocate that I get to see every week is just like my family. She’s somebody to talk to and just share my feelings with. They are never judgmental. It’s a comfortable environment with the nicest girls I have ever met. I will continue going until I no longer can, but I hope that day doesn’t come. Thank you for everything you do!”   *The client’s name has been changed for privacy...

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STI Testing and Treatment

Did you know we offer FREE STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center?  Every Wednesday our clinic is open and available for this service as well as other medical options.  We are also hoping to expand our clinic days to Wednesdays and Thursdays to better accommodate your schedule and give you more flexible appointment times. In this week’s blog I wanted to talk about STI’s and why it may be important for you to be tested. Here at ABBA we offer urine-based testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.  Testing is simple and can be combined with a pregnancy test, if that is needed and results available by the next week.  Treatment is a one-time dose of an antibiotic that we administer here, and is also provided FREE of charge. So, why is getting tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea important for YOU? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that each year about 3 million people in the US contract chlamydia each year, making it the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection.  The CDC also estimates that about 820,000 people contract gonorrhea each year.  The highest rates of infections are found in women under the age of 25, particularly those who are 15-19 years old.  About 40% of the time, women who have gonorrhea also have chlamydia. Symptoms of both chlamydia and gonorrhea can be silent, about 75% of women have no symptoms, at all!  But when symptoms are present, the most common complaints are abnormal vaginal discharge, burning or pain during urination, vaginal or cervical inflammation, spotting or pain during sex. Left untreated, these infections can spread and cause serious problems: “Women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea can develop PID, which, in turn, can lead to reproductive system morbidity such as ectopic pregnancy and tubal factor infertility.  An estimated 10%–20% of women with chlamydia or gonorrhea may develop PID if they do not receive adequate treatment.  Among women with PID, tubal scarring can cause infertility in 20% of women, ectopic pregnancy in 9%, and chronic pelvic pain in 18%. About 80%–90% of chlamydial infections10 and up to 80% of gonococcal infections in women are asymptomatic. These infections are detected primarily through screening.”   (http//www.cdc.gov/STD) After unprotected sex, how long does it take for chlamydia or gonorrhea infection to develop? The incubation period for chlamydia is 1-3 weeks and gonorrhea has an incubation period of about 2-10 days.  While both chlamydia and gonorrhea are serious and transmittable bacterial infections, they are highly curable.  The treatments for these infections are also safe to take if you are pregnant. If you have had unprotected sex or are recently pregnant and feel that you may be at risk for an STI, please call us and schedule an appointment for testing or to ask us more questions.  We are here to help...

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Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasound

Last week I started writing a blog about the medical clinic here at ABBA.  As promised, today I’d like to give you some information about Pregnancy Testing and Limited Ultrasounds. So, your period is late and you’re scared… Here at ABBA we offer free pregnancy tests to first help you find out if indeed your missed period is due to pregnancy.  We use a high quality urine based pregnancy test, which is administered and tested by an RN, which can determine with 99% accuracy if you are pregnant. So, the test was POSITIVE, now what…? Take a few minutes to breathe and calm down. A decision needs to be made soon, but it doesn’t need to be made the same day you find out you’re pregnant. Finding out you’re pregnant can be difficult if the pregnancy is unplanned. Before you choose what to do about your pregnancy, take your time to make a well-informed decision. Take time to research the facts, to talk to a trusted individual, and to think on your own before you decide. What is a limited ultrasound and why do I need one? A limited obstetrical ultrasound is an ultrasound that is performed to look for specific information.  At ABBA we perform ultrasounds to determine how far along you are (gestational age), that the pregnancy is implanted inside the uterus (not ectopic), and that there is a viable pregnancy (that a heartbeat is present). Why is an ultrasound important if my pregnancy test was positive? I’m pregnant, right? Knowing that your pregnant is just the first step, but now what do you need to know? Determining how pregnant you are is step one.  If you are considering an abortion, it is important to have a limited obstetrical ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy to better understand the type of abortion procedure available to you. Limited ultrasound can also show if you may have a natural miscarriage or if your pregnancy is ectopic, which can be life threatening.  Up to 20%, which is one in five, of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Some miscarriages are completely silent but often miscarriages are accompanied by symptoms of bleeding or cramping.  Sometimes minor bleeding/spotting or cramping can be completely normal; we can help you figure this out.  Ectopic pregnancy occurs in up to 1 in 50 pregnancies.  “An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg stays in your fallopian tube. In that case, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy or a tubal pregnancy. In rare cases, the fertilized egg attaches to one of your ovaries, another organ in your abdomen, or even the cervix. Ectopic pregnancies require emergency treatment.” (source) Like a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy can be accompanied by bleeding and pain/cramping in the abdomen or pelvis.  With an ultrasound we can help determine the safety of your pregnancy, the presence of a miscarriage or the...

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Why Choose ABBA?

ABBA has no financial interest in your pregnancy because we do not perform abortions, provide referrals for abortions, or arrange adoptions.  We are here to help you sort through difficult options and provide you with information to help you make your decision. Missing your period can be very upsetting if pregnancy was not what you had planned.  We understand.  Many of our staff and client advocates have been just where you are and we listen with compassion, not judgment. What are my options? Abortion? Adoption? Parenting?  But first, am I really pregnant? On Wednesdays our medical clinic is open just for you.  We provide accurate pregnancy tests, STI testing and treatment as well as limited obstetrical ultrasounds.  All our services are free of charge and completely confidential. Over the next few weeks I am going to talk about different topics that we deal with in our clinic and during our support services appointments:  Pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, STI testing and treatment, Abortion information, Parenting and prenatal education programs, to name a few… I hope these blog entries help provide you with more clarity during a confusing and stressful time. Stay tuned! Elena,...

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