If you’re thinking about an abortion, there are some steps you’ll want to take before scheduling your abortion appointment. All of these steps are free at Your First Look as part of our free Pre-Termination Evaluation.
1. Confirm Your Pregnancy with an Ultrasound
While a pregnancy test shows elevated hormones, an ultrasound is the best way to tell if your pregnancy is viable (living in the uterus). About one in three early pregnancies will naturally terminate due to miscarriage, blighted ovum, ectopic pregnancy, etc. We can offer you a free ultrasound at Your First Look.
2. Determine How Far Along You Are (Gestational Age)
The ultrasound will tell you just how far along you are. This will also tell you the cost and type of abortion you would be eligible to receive. In the Toledo area, a chemical/medical abortion will cost about $425. A surgical abortion will vary between $400 and $900 depending on where you go. Beginning at 12 weeks costs slowly rise as the pregnancy progresses.
3. Be Tested and Treated for STDs
Having an STD present when you have an abortion could impact having future children. The STD could cause you to develop PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). At Your First Look we can test you for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, two of the most common STDs affecting women.
When you come in for your pregnancy test and ultrasound, we can answer your questions about abortion procedures including first trimester medication abortion methods; first trimester surgical abortion methods and second trimester abortion methods.
RU 486 Abortion Pill
This drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use up to 70 days after the last menstrual period. This type of abortion generally requires three visits to the abortion clinic.
On the first visit to the abortion clinic, the woman is given Mifeprex to block progesterone and cause the death of the embryo. One to two days later, Misoprostol is given to cause the uterus to expel the embryo. Bleeding and cramping occur with this process, usually at home or away from the clinic. Large blood clots or tissue may be passed with the bleeding. The woman returns to the abortion clinic to make sure the abortion is complete approximately 1-2 weeks later.
Multiple abortions do carry increased health risks and may impact future fertility. At Your First Look our nurses can go over your concerns and answer any questions you might have regarding prior abortions.