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It’s an unfortunate truth that many women who choose to undergo an abortion have regrets - and some start having them immediately after taking abortive medication. In the past, these women would have had to finish a procedure they didn’t want. Now, however, there is another option: a medical treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. For more information, give Ava Women’s Center a call at 844-371-4282. The counselors there can give you information on the treatment and refer you to a physician who can administer it.
How Abortion Pills Work
The abortion pill reversal process is based on the way the abortion pill itself works. The abortion “pill” is actually two separate medications given at different times. The first, mifepristone (also known as Mifeprex or RU-486) is a steroidal drug that inhibits the actions of the pregnancy hormone progesterone. It is given at the first appointment with a doctor and prepares a woman’s body for abortion by softening the cervix and degrading parts of the placenta.
However, mifepristone alone does not complete the abortion process. Within 24-48 hours of taking it, a woman must take a second drug, misoprostol, to complete the abortion process. Misoprostol causes uterine cramps and contractions that detach the embryo from the uterus and induce a miscarriage.
Because there is a delay between taking mifepristone and misoprostol, an abortion is not immediate. This delay is what makes the abortion pill reversal a possibility.
The Abortion Pill Reversal Process
Abortion pill reversal is based on reversing or avoiding the effects of the first abortive drug, mifepristone. Because mifepristone works to block progesterone receptors, abortion pill reversal attempts to overwhelm the drug with supplemental progesterone.
By giving a woman who has taken mifepristone high doses of supplemental progesterone, doctors can reduce the effects of the drug and attempt to save the pregnancy. The supplemental progesterone negates the mifepristone in the body until the abortion drug is out of the woman’s system and her own progesterone can support the pregnancy normally.
Research shows that a high dose oral progesterone taken within 72 hours of the first abortion pill (mifepristone) is 68% effective in stopping the effects of abortion drugs and saving a pregnancy. In other words, about 68% of women who undergo the reversal will be able to continue on and have a normal pregnancy with no harm to the baby. While this isn’t a perfect success rate, it’s a rare opportunity for a second chance for women who regret their initial choice.
Can I Get an Abortion Pill Reversal?
If you have already taken mifepristone and you regret your choice, it may not be too late. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline right away at 877-558-0333 to speak to a caring, confidential representative and learn more about your options, or visit their website now at www.abortionpillreversal.com.
That said, you shouldn’t rely on chances of a reversal if your mind isn’t made up. If you aren’t sure whether you really want an abortion, and you haven’t taken any abortive medications, the best decision is to wait and speak with someone who can help. Ava Women’s Center is here for you. We offer free decision help and counseling to any pregnant woman or couple. Call 844-371-4282 or visit our website today to learn more about the services we offer. All our services are free and 100% confidential.
When your girlfriend or partner comes to you with news of pregnancy, it’s natural to feel many different emotions. You might be scared, confused, upset, or even excited. But no matter how you feel about the situation, there are some things you need to do to ensure you and her are both healthy and safe. Keep reading to learn more about your next steps and then give us a call at 844-371-4282 to schedule a free appointment with us.
Before you do anything else, there are a few essential questions you should ask. Make sure you get the answers to these questions before you make any decisions or take any further action.
Is She Really Pregnant?
The first question you need to answer is, “Is she really pregnant?” You’d be surprised how many women think they could be pregnant and tell their partner before they’ve even taken a pregnancy test.
If you aren’t sure where to get a pregnancy test or want to make sure you can trust the results, come to Ava Women’s Center today. We offer totally free and confidential pregnancy testing services. Oftentimes women take a store-bought test incorrectly, or have trouble reading the results. Our medical staff can administer a test for a definite result.
Is the Pregnancy Viable?
Once your girlfriend has taken a pregnancy test and gotten a positive result, the next step is to see if the pregnancy is viable. A surprising percentage of them are not, and will either self-terminate or require medical intervention (such as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy).
You can confirm pregnancy viability with an obstetric ultrasound. We offer free ultrasound examinations to women who receive a positive result on their pregnancy test at our center. Call us at 844-371-4282 to learn more.
What Does She Need?
Along with making sure the pregnancy is safe, you should also make sure your partner is. As much as you’re going through, recognize that your girlfriend is experiencing all that and more. Women’s bodies go through rapid and difficult changes during pregnancy, and your girlfriend may have trouble handling them all. Try to be understanding and compassionate during this time, and realize she may need help even if she doesn’t ask for it.
What Do You Need?
Many men in this situation make the mistake of concentrating so much on their girlfriend and the pregnancy that they forget to take care of themselves. However, it’s perfectly natural to take some time to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or counselor. You shouldn’t feel like you have to suppress your own emotions to make it through this situation. Instead, find an outlet for these feelings.
Face the Situation Together
The one thing that’s most important to remember in this situation is that you’re on the same team, and your decisions affect both of you. When one of you gets frustrated, angry, or scared - and the chances are that will happen - just remember that you’re stronger together.
At Ava Women’s Center, we provide both women and men with the resources and information they need to handle an unplanned pregnancy, including free pregnancy testing, free limited ultrasounds, parenting education, and more. Call our center today at 844-371-4282 to schedule an appointment. We’d love to meet with you.
When you’re in a committed relationship, planning your pregnancy announcement can be exciting and fun. However, if you weren’t planning to become pregnant, this moment can turn into a nerve-wracking experience. We understand that it can be scary to find out you’re pregnant unexpectedly - and even scarier to discuss it with your partner. Here is some advice to help you through this situation. Give us a call today at 844-371-4282. We’d love to talk with you.
Step 1: Determine If You’re Really Pregnant
Before you start planning all the different ways to break the news of your pregnancy, you should make sure you’re really pregnant. At Ava Women’s Center, we offer some free services that can help you know for sure if you’re expecting.
First, you can come to Ava Women’s Center for a free, confidential, and accurate pregnancy test from our medical staff. It may come as a surprise, but many women take pregnancy tests incorrectly and get inaccurate results.
If you do get a positive pregnancy test result at Ava Women’s Center, you may also qualify for a free limited obstetrical sonogram by a licensed sonographer to confirm your pregnancy is viable. This procedure is simple and safe, and it allows you to learn essential information about your pregnancy such as your estimated due date and how far along you are.
Ava Women’s Center also offers free STD testing, once your pregnancy is confirmed, since the presence of and STD may affect your decision about your pregnancy.
Step 2: Consider Your Own Feelings
If your pregnancy test and ultrasound come back positive, it can be tempting to rush to your boyfriend for support. However, we recommend considering your own feelings first, before you tell anyone else.
One of the best ways to come to terms with your own thoughts is to write them down on paper. When you write something down, your mind has to slow down and think about each word. Your thoughts don’t get a chance to “run away,” and it’s easier to keep track of all the feelings in your head and heart. This is a good way to consider and process all your feelings and ideas.
Step 3: Understand Your Options
Finally, it’s important that you understand all of your options early on in the process. Many women have misconceptions about the different pregnancy options available. That’s why it’s important to get the truth about every option before you make any decisions you can’t take back.
At Ava Women’s Center, we offer free information and education about all your pregnancy options. You can sit down with one of our volunteers and talk through all of your pregnancy options in a safe, comfortable, and confidential setting.
Step 4: Tell Your Partner
Once you have the information you need and you’ve taken time to sort out how you feel, you need to tell your partner. We recommend giving him the news in a comfortable and familiar setting, such as at home or another private space. Don’t bring it up when you’re out in public, like at a restaurant or cafe. This can make the situation more uncomfortable for both of you.
When you tell your boyfriend, make sure you’re open and honest about your own feelings and plans. Don’t try to hide your own thoughts or emotions. However, you should also expect your boyfriend to need some time to process the news as well. He might be confused, angry, scared, or even excited. Give him time to work through his own thoughts and feelings before you ask how he wants to proceed.
It’s also important in this stage to be a good listener, and to allow him to be open with you. In many cases the boyfriend feels differently about pregnancy than the girlfriend does. This is natural, and you will need to work through these differences together.
Additional Pregnancy Help
Of course, telling your boyfriend that you’re pregnant is only the first step of your journey. You will need to make many more decisions in the coming weeks and months. If you need help with these choices or you’re not sure where to turn, Ava Women’s Center is here for you. We offer free help, education, and support for all women and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy. We even offer special services for men to help your boyfriend decide on his own role in your pregnancy.
So you’ve taken a pregnancy test - or three. Perhaps you even came into our center for a free ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy. Now you’re faced with one of the hardest challenges of all: telling your parents you’re pregnant. Keep reading for some advice on how to approach the conversation. Ava Women’s Center is here to support you. Give us a call today at 844-371-4282.
No teen or young adult wants to go through this situation, but it still happens to thousands every year. You might feel paralyzed by feelings of guilt, embarrassment, or shame. However, the longer you put it off, the more difficult the situation can become. Here is some simple advice to help you tell your parents about your pregnancy.
Sooner is Better
If there’s one thing you can be sure about, it’s that telling your parents you’re pregnant early on is always better. The longer you wait to tell your parents about your pregnancy, the more complications and difficulties can arise. Often, waiting to tell your family causes stress and anticipation - which is exactly what you don’t want in early pregnancy. Besides, in many cases, the reaction you imagine is much worse than the reaction you will actually get. It’s best to tell your parents soon and start working out your next steps.
Telling Others First Can Make it Easier
If you’re worried about how your parents will react, you can choose to confide in others first. Telling a sibling, relative, or close friend can be a good way to “test the waters” and gauge how your parents may react. It can also help relieve some of the stress and anxiety of keeping a huge secret, making the telling itself easier to do.
It might also be a good idea to bring one of these people along as support when you tell your parents. Each situation is different and you can’t know exactly how your parents will react. However, if you feel like your parents might not react well or you don’t feel comfortable telling them by yourself, you should ask someone to accompany you. The less stress you have going into the conversation, the easier it will be to navigate.
Make Sure They’re Prepared
Obviously, very few parents are ready to hear that their daughter is pregnant unexpectedly, but you can soften the impact by making sure they hear the news in a comfortable setting. Don’t blurt it out in passing or while you’re in a public place, and don’t tell them in anger or out of fear. Before you do, think through what you want to say and where, and give them a heads up that you want to sit down and talk.
Anticipate and Accept Their Feelings
It’s likely that your parents will be angry, confused, or even disappointed by the news. This isn’t ideal for you, but it is to be expected. Remember, your parents are people too, and they have their own plans and goals. They might even say something that is mean or hurtful - and so might you. But it’s important not to let this conversation become an argument. You’re all in this together, and you need to support and respect each other to make it through.
Don’t Make Any Decisions Yet
Your parents might start talking about getting an abortion or placing the baby for adoption when you tell them. However, it’s important not to make any decisions right away. Time is your friend. Make sure everyone is calm and composed before talking about your options and discussing what you actually want. Furthermore, remember that nobody - not even your parents - can make these decisions for you. If you aren’t comfortable with their choices or reasoning, don’t let them pressure you.
In a time like this, you might be surprised by how well your parents take the news. Some may be excited to have a grandchild. On the other hand, there is always a chance that your parents might react badly. If you find yourself in a bad situation after you tell your parents, remember that there are places to get help, support and a friendly face.
If you’re in the East Liverpool, Ohio, area, contact Ava Women’s Center! We are here to provide a listening ear, support, and resources as you make your pregnancy decision. Call 844-371-4282 to make an appointment for testing or counseling. We’d love to talk with you.
I think I’m Pregnant. Now What?
Unexpected pregnancy comes with a rush of thoughts and feelings. You’re not alone.
Though you’re the only one who can decide what to do, there are people who can give you info and support as you consider your pregnancy decision.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, Ava can help you by providing a free pregnancy test, free pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, and answers to your questions about abortion, parenting, and adoption. All our services are free and confidential. Call Ava at 844-371-4282 today.
How Do I Know if I’m Pregnant?
If you’ve had sexual intercourse since your last period and are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy, you could be pregnant.
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy:
Late or Missed Period
Nausea and/or Vomiting
Spotting or Cramping
Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
Food Cravings or Aversions
Increased Sense of Smell
Darkening of Nipples
Sore, Swollen, or Itchy Breasts
If you think you could be pregnant, the first thing you should do is take a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests detect the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone which is only produced by your body when you are pregnant.
Sometimes it can be hard to get a pregnancy test yourself, or the results are hard to determine. We offer free, confidential pregnancy testing at our clinic in East Liverpool, Ohio. Our tests can detect pregnancy as early as seven days after conception or 21-24 days after your last menstrual period. Call 844-371-4282 to schedule a free and confidential appointment. You won’t be required to give any personal information like your social security number, insurance provider, or proof of financial status.
What Do I Do if I’m Pregnant?
If you are pregnant, you have three options to consider.
1. Parenting - giving birth and raising the child
We offer free parenting education, baby items and referrals to state programs like WIC and health care to help you prepare for parenthood. We can also refer you to mentoring and other assistance programs, when available. We can also provide you with the pregnancy confirmation form that you will need to enroll in state programs.
2. Abortion - ending the pregnancy
Our medical staff will perform a free ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy and estimate how far along you are. Finding out how far along your pregnancy is will determine the type of of abortion you can have.
3. Adoption - giving birth and placing your child with someone else to raise
If you are not ready to parent, adoption is a loving option. This gives your child a chance at life with a family who has been praying for them. In most cases you can get financial assistance for medical and living expenses, along with many other benefits.
If you are a minor, we are here to discuss your options and educate you on what you can do with and without parental consent. We are also here to give you support on how to tell your parents and even your partner.
It’s important to know that Ava never financially benefits from your pregnancy decision. We are here to give you judgement-free support, resources and encouragement as you weigh your options. Call 844-371-4282 to schedule a free and confidential appointment.
Every pregnancy comes with a rush of emotions - surprise, nervousness, excitement. But when you weren’t expecting to get pregnant, you might also add “fear” or “helplessness” to that list. If you find out you’re pregnant unexpectedly, you need to know what to do next and how to find help. Keep reading for our tips.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and you live near East Liverpool, Ohio, call Ava Women’s Center at 844-371-4282 to learn more about your options.
The most important thing to remember when you find out you’re pregnant is also the simplest - don’t panic. It’s easy to start imagining terrible outcomes, but just take some deep breaths and do your best to stay calm. Remember that women and couples deal with pregnancy and parenting every day. You’re certainly not alone, and there will always be ways to get help.
Make Sure You’re Really Pregnant
You would be surprised to find out how many women start worrying about being pregnant before they’ve even taken a test. While a late or missed period is a common sign of being pregnant, it’s not foolproof. You need to take an accurate pregnancy test to ensure you’re really pregnant. At Ava Women’s Center, we offer free and confidential pregnancy tests to any woman who needs one. Schedule an appointment today for yours.
See if the Pregnancy is Healthy
Once you know you’re really pregnant, you also need to make sure the pregnancy is healthy and viable. An ultrasound examination can tell you whether your pregnancy is healthy and if it is growing safely in your uterus. It can also tell you the estimated gestational age of your baby and the estimated due date. This information helps you plan ahead and tells you what options are available to you.
Learn About & Consider Options
Not sure whether you’re ready to be a parent? You have a few different pregnancy options you should consider. Each one has its own upsides and downsides, but you will only be able to choose one for your pregnancy.
- Parenting - Parenting is the most obvious choice, but if you aren’t in a stable life situation, it can be difficult.
- Adoption Placement - Many agencies work with birth mothers to provide care and living expenses during your pregnancy. You can also control how much contact you get with your baby after the adoption is complete.
- Abortion - Many women rush to consider abortion. However, you should be aware of the mental and physical side effects that abortion methods involve.
Consider What’s Holding You Back
Many women are scared when they find out they’re pregnant because they don’t think they’re ready to parent or to support a child. It can help to consider what you think is keeping you from being a good parent. That way you can put effort into changing those things. For instance,
- If you’re worried about supporting a child financially, try planning out a monthly budget and seeing where you can save on your current expenses.
- If you feel like you can’t become a parent because of your school or work schedule, try looking into free or reduced-cost parenting help near you. There are a number of organizations and resources that can help you manage your schedule.
- Think you’re not ready to become a parent just because it’s scary or you don’t have any experience? Remember that everyone feels that way at one time or another. You can always get support and learn about parenting skills from classes, groups, and online.
Get Support and Help
It’s natural to look for support and guidance when it comes to pregnancy. At Ava Women’s Center, you can get assistance with every part of your pregnancy, including free pregnancy testing, free limited obstetric ultrasounds, and other options for advice and help. Call 844-371-4282 now to learn more or schedule your appointment.
When you get a positive pregnancy test result when you’re not expecting one, it can come as a huge shock. In this situation it’s natural to wish that the results aren’t real. Many women who come to our center ask us if it’s possible they got a “false positive” on their home pregnancy test or the free test from our clinic. But this often isn’t the case.
How Pregnancy Tests Work
Before talking about how a false positive can happen, it’s important to understand how a pregnancy test actually works.
When you become pregnant, your body starts going through a huge number of rapid changes to prepare for the pregnancy. Most of these changes are triggered by hormones that affect different parts of your body. Hormonal changes are also the reason many women experience side effects during early pregnancy such as nausea, lightheadedness, cramping, and body aches.
A pregnancy test works by detecting these hormone levels in your urine - specifically, the hormone hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone is only produced by your body when you are pregnant, from cells produced in the placenta. When a pregnancy test detects its presence in your urine, it almost always means you are pregnant.
However, it takes time for hCG levels to build up in your body. hCG levels roughly double in your bloodstream every three days, but they are too low to detect until about 12 days after conception. If you take a pregnancy test before this, you could still get a negative result, even if you are actually pregnant. These “false negatives” are very common in early pregnancy.
The Trouble with False Positives
While false negatives are very common, a false positive - where a pregnancy test tells you you’re pregnant when you aren’t - is extremely rare. That’s because there are very few circumstances when your body would produce hCG without being pregnant.
The most common cause of false positives is when you experience a “chemical pregnancy.” This term is slightly misleading, as a chemical pregnancy is actually a pregnancy, but it ends in very early miscarriage. Most chemical pregnancies spontaneously miscarry by about the fifth week. This is late enough that pregnancy tests can detect hCG in your body but too early for an ultrasound or other procedure.
You can also get a positive pregnancy test result from an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that implants outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are relatively rare, but they are also extremely dangerous for the mother. If an ectopic pregnancy isn’t caught early, it could cause your fallopian tubes to rupture, causing massive internal injuries. A doctor or clinic can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy through an ultrasound examination.
Medical Conditions & Medications
There are also some medical conditions that can cause false pregnancy positives. These conditions can vary, but some of the more common ones include urinary tract infections, ovarian cysts, and kidney diseases. Additionally, you can get a false pregnancy positive after taking certain medications, including anxiety medications like Xanax or Valium, medications containing promethazine, and certain antipsychotic and anticonvulsant medications.
Mistakes When Taking the Test
Finally, the most common cause of a false positive is simply not following instructions when taking a pregnancy test. You should always check to make sure the pregnancy test you are using isn’t expired, and you should carefully time how long the test is in your urine stream to get an accurate result.
How to Get an Accurate Pregnancy Test
The best way to make sure you get an accurate pregnancy diagnosis is to visit a doctor, clinic, or pregnancy center. These places all have trained and helpful staff who can ensure you take the test correctly and get an accurate result. If you do get a positive test, you can also follow up with an ultrasound to ensure your pregnancy is healthy and viable.
At Ava Women’s Center, we offer free pregnancy testing and free ultrasound examinations to make your pregnancy results simple, safe, and convenient. Call us today at 844-371-4282 to schedule an appointment at our center or to ask questions.