Abortion Safety Checklist

We encourage you to review our Abortion Safety Checklist to ensure you are taking all of the necessary precautions before making your choice:

1. Confirm Your Pregnancy

A home pregnancy test isn’t enough to confirm your pregnancy. We can offer you a free and confidential lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound so you know for sure whether you are pregnant.

2. Learn How Far Along You Are

The different abortion procedures available to you are dependent on how far along your pregnancy is. We can offer you a free and confidential ultrasound that will give you an accurate measure of the gestational age of your pregnancy.

3. Get Tested for STDs

Getting tested and treated for any STDs prior to an abortion is an important step to staying healthy. Having an abortion with an untreated STD increases your risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to infertility and chronic pelvic pain. It is most often caused by Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, both of which we can test at Northfield Women’s Center for free. Learn more about STD testing and treatment.

4. Understand the Risks

Abortion is a medical procedure, and like all medical procedures, it is vital to understand the risks associated with it. If you are unsure about these risks, Northfield Women’s Center offers options consultations to walk you through the facts regarding abortion risks.

5. Educate Yourself on Each Option

The best way to know what is best for you is to understand each of the outcomes for your pregnancy. During an options consultation, we can provide you with information about each option, as well as let you know about resources that are available no matter what you decide.

6. Take Some Time

There are so many opinions surrounding unexpected pregnancy, and it’s likely everyone has an idea of what they think you should do. It’s important to take some time away from everyone else to consider what you really want for yourself. This decision is yours and yours alone to make.

If you are unexpectedly pregnant and would like to learn more about the resources and options available to you, schedule an appointment with us today.


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