Some people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy seek out an abortion clinic.
There are a wide range of reasons that people consider abortion. Before you visit an abortion clinic in Yakima or Tri-Cities, visit Life Options. Abortion is a medical procedure and it’s important to know the facts and have the information you need to make a fully informed decision. Make an appointment to meet with one of our medical professionals to talk about your personal situation, discuss the abortion methods that may be available to you and get answers to any questions you may have. All services at Life Options are free and confidential.
Questions to ask when considering abortion:
- Am I really pregnant?
- Is my pregnancy normal? Or am I at risk for natural miscarriage? Or do I have a tubal pregnancy requiring immediate medical attention?
- How far along am I?
- What kind of abortions are available to me?
- What are my rights with an abortion providers?
- Are there any short-term or long-term risks to consider?
3 Steps to Take Before Visiting An Abortion Clinic:
1. Be Sure You're Pregnant
Before getting an abortion, it’s important to verify that you’re actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, it helps to have a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm. Life Options provides free lab-quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate and more sensitive than home pregnancy tests. They can detect the hcG pregnancy hormone as early as 7 days after conception or 21 to 24 days after the first day of your last period.
2. Receive An Ultrasound
If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound is recommended prior to setting up an abortion appointment. An ultrasound will tell you for sure how many weeks pregnant you are, which determines the types of abortion procedures available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if the pregnancy viable (able to survive) or at risk for a natural miscarriage, avoiding the need for an abortion. Life Options offers free ultrasounds.
3. Get Tested For STD's
Many women with STDs do not experience any symptoms so they don’t realize they’re infected. But women who undergo an abortion with an untreated STD are more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain. Life Options offers free STD testing & treatment.
Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. You deserve to be fully informed about each abortion method so that you can make an informed decision. Life Options takes the time to talk through what you can expect during each abortion procedure and the risk factors associated with that abortion method.
Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)
Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU486 or other chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy. It’s actually a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — that cause early abortion. Medical abortion is used up to 70 days (10 weeks) into a pregnancy. This abortion method may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion fails.
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. Some of the most common surgical abortion procedures include manual vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and dilation and evacuation.
Is Abortion the Solution?
Abortion is a big decision. Before you choose, get answers to your questions and information on all your options. We do not facilitate adoptions and we do not perform or refer for termination, so we never profit from your decision. We believe in your right to be fully informed, so you can choose what’s best for your unique situation. Visit Life Options to talk through your situation and explore your options.