Too Late to Take the Abortion Pill in Fort Dodge, IA?

Too Late to Take the Abortion Pill?

 

So, you just found out you are pregnant and are now considering taking the Abortion Pill. But you don’t know when it will be too late to take it, what the Abortion Pill is, or if you even qualify.

Here are some facts to educate you on the Abortion Pill.

Mifepristone, commonly known as the abortion pill, has been FDA approved for termination of pregnancy up to 70 days (10 weeks) past the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period. Mifepristone works by blocking a hormone needed to maintain your pregnancy and causes the embryo to separate from the uterus. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.  

Due to the risks of serious complications, the patient and provider must sign a patient agreement form before mifepristone can be administered. It is important to know that mifepristone must be ordered, prescribed, and dispensed by, or under the supervision, of a certified healthcare provider. Mifepristone is typically administered in a clinic setting and misoprostol is usually taken at home 24-48 hours following administration of mifepristone.

Cramping and bleeding are expected with this treatment and expulsion of the pregnancy generally occur 2-24 hours after taking misoprostol. Bleeding and spotting can occur for 9-30 days. Other common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, back pain, and tiredness.

Serious and life-threatening bleeding and infection can occur following the use of the abortion pill. Be sure to contact your provider or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience heavy bleeding (soaking through 2 pads per hour for 2 consecutive hours), a fever of 100.4°F or higher that lasts for more than 4 hours, or if you have abdominal pain/discomfort 24 hours after taking misoprostol.

Follow-up with your abortion provider 7-14 days following your abortion to ensure your abortion is complete. Heavy bleeding and cramping do not always signify the abortion was successful. 2-7% percent of women are still pregnant after experiencing cramping and bleeding. If the pregnancy has not been terminated, there may be birth defects. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about your options, including a surgical procedure to end your pregnancy. Heavy bleeding requiring surgical intervention occurs in about 1% of patients. 

If you are considering taking the abortion pill, schedule a confidential appointment with Obria Medical Clinic for a pre-abortion assessment by going online or by calling 515-620-5892.  

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Do I Have Chlamydia?

Do I Have Chlamydia?

 

Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is primarily transmitted through sex. It can infect both males and females, and people of all ages. Most people with chlamydia do not have any symptoms, but some people will experience pain when they urinate and abnormal discharge from their vagina or penis.

Chlamydia can be spread through oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex, and can infect your throat, vagina, penis, or rectum. Condoms help reduce your risk of getting chlamydia, but often break, leak, or slip, leaving you vulnerable. The only way to totally protect yourself from chlamydia is to avoid oral, vaginal, and anal sex or be in a committed relationship with an unaffected partner who is only sexually active with you.

If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious health problems, including infertility. Because chlamydia is common, easy to transmit, and often has no symptoms, it is important that everyone who is sexually active get tested. You should be tested four weeks after having a new sexual partner. If you are frequently having new partners, you should be tested at least once a year. If your partner has chlamydia, or if you are experiencing symptoms, you should seek care right away.

Typically, all that is needed to test for chlamydia is a urine sample, and results are available in 1-2 days. Your health is important – don’t wait to be tested!

Schedule an appointment online or by calling 515-620-5892 to be tested for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections.  We are ready to serve you!

Considering Abortion in Ft. Dodge, Iowa?  

Considering Abortion in Iowa? 

You are not alone. Although an unplanned pregnancy can feel like a crisis, you probably have time. Abortion is legal in Iowa, for any reason, up to 20-weeks post-fertilization. Medical abortion, or the abortion pill, is approved up to 10 weeks. Take your time, get the facts, and think about your future. 

Confirming the dating and viability of your pregnancy is an important first step. An obstetrical ultrasound is the most accurate way to confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are, which will help you better understand your options.  

Ten to twenty percent of all known pregnancies end in miscarriage. This can happen anytime during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, but is most common in the first 13 weeks. Obstetrical ultrasound can verify that your pregnancy is viable, meaning the baby has a heartbeat and is likely to develop as expected.  A baby’s heartbeat can be detected on ultrasound 6 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.  

After confirming the dating and viability of your pregnancy, get the facts. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional about the different abortion procedures available based on the age of your pregnancy. Understand the risks associated with abortion, as different procedures carry different risks.  

Talk with your partner and trusted family and friends. Make a list of the reasons you feel like abortion is a good option for you and a list of the reasons you feel like abortion might not be a good option. Think about how much the different benefits and risks matter to you. Talking with people who have been in similar situations can also be helpful. Abortion Changes You is a website allowing men, women, and families to share their abortion experiences. 

Consider other options. What would it look like to carry your pregnancy and parent or place for adoption? What reasons would influence you to choose or not choose these options? Comparing and contrasting your options on paper can be helpful.  

Finally, think about your future. How will a decision to terminate your pregnancy affect the rest of your life? Will you look back in 5, 10, or 20 years and feel confident you made the right choice? Unplanned pregnancies can feel overwhelming. Take the time to be fully informed about your options and carefully consider the choice that is best for you.

Health care professionals at Obria Medical Clinic are ready to help you understand your options, walk you through the decision-making process, and confirm the dating and viability of your pregnancy with an ultrasound. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 515-620-5892