Abortion Education

If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice.

There are many options to consider when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.  We are here to help you sort through these options every step of the way. If you are considering abortion, it is important to learn about the different types of abortion procedures and possible risks.  Our trained staff can discuss this information with you in a safe, non-judgemental environment.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Abortion Information

There are two main types of abortion:

  1. Medication Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
  2. Surgical Abortion

The type of abortion procedure performed will depend on the age of your unborn baby. When considering abortion, ultrasound is an effective tool that can be used to determine both viability and how far along you are in your pregnancy. For further information on receiving an ultrasound or learning more about the different types of abortion, contact our office today. 

Important Facts

Before you make any decisions, you need to determine if you really are pregnant.

You need to know some facts: 

20% of positive pregnancy tests are not viable intrauterine pregnancies. In fact, many women have had abortions when they weren’t actually pregnant at the time.

A urine pregnancy test detects elevated HcG, a hormone which increases rapidly in early pregnancy. These levels decline slowly after the demise of a fetus and can still be detected several weeks after fetal death, resulting in a positive test result.

A pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic) can cause elevated HcG levels, which result in a positive test. In addition, you should obtain medical treatment immediately upon discovery of an ectopic pregnancy!

An ultrasound exam is the only 100% accurate way to determine pregnancy.

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Ectopic Pregnancy - Frequently Asked Questions

You may have heard of a condition called an ectopic pregnancy. There has been a lot of confusion regarding ectopic pregnancies, especially regarding the new abortion laws. So, we’re breaking down several of the frequently asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and what you need to know.

  1. What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy, also known as a tubal pregnancy, occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself somewhere other than the uterus. This implementation usually happens in the fallopian tubes which causes the fertilized egg not to develop normally.

An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous if it goes undetected. The embryo can continue to grow, causing the fallopian tube to burst. This puts the mother’s life at risk.

  1. Is treatment for an Ectopic Pregnancy considered an abortion? No, not at all.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a pregnancy develops outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. Intervention is necessary in this case, and it is wise to seek a second opinion. In many cases, the baby has already passed or will not survive removal from the fallopian tube. Medical intervention in the case of an ectopic pregnancy is not considered an abortion. Therefore, the laws restricting abortions do not apply to ectopic pregnancies. If you or someone you know is facing an ectopic pregnancy, help is available. It does not matter where you live. Treatment for ectopic pregnancy is legal and available in every state.

  1. What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

At first, an ectopic pregnancy can cause the same symptoms as a regular pregnancy. These include a missed period, nausea, mood swings, and a positive pregnancy test. There most likely won’t be any external signs of the ectopic pregnancy until the embryo starts to grow.

That’s why an early detection ultrasound is so important. With an ultrasound a medical professional can see where the embryo is implanted to rule out ectopic pregnancy concerns. Pelvic pain and light vaginal bleeding will likely be the first noticeable indicators of an ectopic pregnancy.

There are also more serious symptoms that may signal that the fallopian tube is beginning to rupture. Call your doctor or 911, or go to the emergency room right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • vaginal bleeding
  • extreme dizziness
  • gush/flow of watery fluid from vagina
  • blurred vision/spots before eyes
  • marked swelling in upper or lower extremities or face
  • difficulty breathing
  • severe headache
  • temperature over 100.4 F
  • other serious symptoms
  • severe stomach pain/cramping
  • severe vomiting
  • chest pain
  • abdominal/pelvic pain
  • painful urination
  1. How is an ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?

The best way to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy is by confirming the location of the pregnancy through an ultrasound. A limited obstetrical ultrasound will use sound waves to see the placement of the pregnancy. This will help you know exactly where the pregnancy is located, if it is viable, and it will help you figure out how far along you are.

  1. What about sexually transmitted diseases or infections? How do they correlate with ectopic pregnancies?

Studies suggest that certain sexually transmitted diseases or infections, such as Chlamydia, could increase the chance of an ectopic pregnancy due to the production of a particular protein that is caused by the STD or STI. See source linked below for more information.

  1. Does ectopic pregnancy affect future pregnancies?

Research suggests that many women who experience an ectopic pregnancy go on to have healthy pregnancies in the future. Even if a fallopian tube is injured or removed due to an ectopic pregnancy, the female body is made with two fallopian tubes, so an egg can still join with a sperm in the other tube and travel to the uterus successfully. See source linked below for more information.

Whether you think you may be facing an ectopic pregnancy or not, having an ultrasound to medically verify your pregnancy is vital to your health. Searching for ectopic pregnancy help online will only get you so far. If you’re looking for a local pregnancy clinic or resources here in Starkville or surrounding areas, we’re here for you. Visit us today for a free ultrasound and medical verification of pregnancy.