If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering an out-of-state abortion, there are essential details to consider, such as the cost of the procedure, travel plans, and recovery time. While there aren’t specific resources available to help women seek an out-of-state abortion, there are vital steps to take before pursuing this option.
Read on to learn more about how to protect your health before seeking an out-of-state abortion. Want a free consultation with a nurse to talk about your pregnancy options? Contact First Coast Women’s Services to schedule your confidential appointment.
How Can I Protect My Health Before an Abortion?
Get an Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a simple scan that can detect key details about your pregnancy, such as:
- Location—This is essential to rule out a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, which is when the embryo attaches and grows outside the uterus.
- Gestational Age—If you’re considering abortion, this is a vital piece of information, since options like medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”) are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks gestation. If your pregnancy is older and you seek this type of abortion, you’re at a greater risk for serious complications.
- Viability—Did you know that roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage? An ultrasound can help determine if your pregnancy is viable. If not, you won’t want to seek an abortion.
Discuss Your Medical History
Certain abortion choices, like medical abortion, aren’t an option for every woman. If any of the following apply to you, you’re not eligible for a medical abortion:
- Your pregnancy is too far along
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
- Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
- Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
- Taking a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
- Have an allergy to the medicine used
It’s critical to speak to a qualified medical provider about your health history to protect your health and safety. At First Coast Women’s Services, we have a caring team of nurses who can review your medical history and answer any questions. Contact us today to schedule a free appointment. Call 904-915-HELP to have a free telehealth appointment with a registered nurse about your options.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, and it might seem like abortion is the best option to make this all go away. But you’re not alone in this, and you have options.
At First Coast Women’s Services, we’re here to offer support and free resources—including limited ultrasounds—that can help you make an informed decision. Text us today at 904-262-6300 to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a nurse to talk about your options.