Why an Abortion is Not a Yes or No Decision

There are a lot of things in this world that are black and white, but abortion is not one of them. Your decision about your pregnancy is one that no one can make for you, although we know there are plenty of women who are pressured towards either outcome by those around them. We don’t want to be part of a world that says there is only one way to handle pregnancy because we know there are hundreds of emotions involved in this delicate situation. You have options, you have choices – make the one that is right for YOU.

What If I’m Not Sure

We see this a lot because pregnancy tests are confusing, and they aren’t always conclusive. There are several reasons for a false reading of a pregnancy test including medical conditions, the test was taken too soon, or the test was expired. All these reasons can lead to a false reading which may mislead you into thinking that you are pregnant or that you are not. Sometimes women wait so long to take a test because they don’t want to know, they don’t want it to be true. Others don’t take a test because they don’t feel any symptoms and don’t think about it. There are dozens of scenarios that may lead you to suspect or assume you could pregnant but how can you be certain?

How to Be Sure

A pregnancy test does not confirm a viable pregnancy. We say ‘viable pregnancy’ because up to 30% of pregnancies naturally terminate on their own. There are many reasons a pregnancy might not be viable. A viable pregnancy is defined as one that has a reasonable chance of a baby making it to full term. Pregnancy is extremely complicated and at every stage, there are plenty of chances for something to go wrong, which is why only an ultrasound can confirm a viable pregnancy.

Assessing Your Pregnancy

During your no-cost appointment at Willow Womens Center, after you have a positive pregnancy test, you will be offered an ultrasound. A licensed medical professional will verify if you are indeed pregnant and if that pregnancy is viable. This test also allows the staff member to the age of your pregnancy which will help you as you explore all legal abortion and pregnancy options available to you. Without this information, you may make a choice that isn’t made in confidence. In fact, some abortion clinics don’t confirm pregnancy before performing an abortion which means they do something physically and emotionally that might be entirely unnecessary. Arming yourself with information is extremely important when you have a vital decision to make.

At Willow Womens Center, you’ll be welcomed with open arms into a facility that offers you a medical-grade pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and a limited STI test to provide you with all the vital information you need to make the best decision for you. We want to help ensure you feel knowledgeable about what options you have and empower you to make the decision in a safe space. To schedule your no-cost appointment today, give us a call or visit our appointment page today. No matter what you face, you won’t be alone at Willow Womens Center. 

3 FAQs About Abortion in Wisconsin

Facing the unknown is scary. Facing the unknown with no one by your side, with a lot of unanswered questions is worse. Below are 3 FAQs about abortion in Wisconsin as you seek information in order to decide what is best for you.

At Willow Womens Center, we are pro-YOU. Our patient care team is committed to being here for you, to give you the information you need to make an informed decision, and we will support you holistically—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Below are three questions you probably need answers for.

Will Willow Womens Center Tell Anyone I Came in for a Pregnancy Test or Information on Abortion?

Absolutely not. When you decide to come here, you can walk in the door with confidence, knowing we will guard your privacy. No one will know you have visited us, and we will not share your information with anyone, whether family or friends.

The only way your information is released is if you direct us to do so—in writing.

I Already Bought a Pregnancy Test. Why Do I Need to Have a Pregnancy Test When I Come to Your Clinic?

Once in a while, a home pregnancy test gives false results, especially if it was taken too early. Agreeing to a no-cost pregnancy test allows us to confirm your at-home results. Our tests are lab-grade, sensitive tests administered by our licensed medical professionals who will go over the results with you afterward.

If the results are positive, we will offer you an ultrasound—also at no cost to you—to verify the pregnancy is viable. This means checking for a heartbeat, determining how far along your pregnancy is (gestational age), and verifying proper placement in the uterus.

About 20 percent of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage, most of these miscarriages occur in the first trimester. If you are considering abortion, we don’t want you to have a procedure you may not need.

How Can I Tell If I’ve Been Exposed to an STD? What Difference Does It Make If I’m Having an Abortion?

Being sexually active in any way—orally, anally or vaginally—automatically puts you at risk for an STD. Rates for STDs, particularly chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, are at an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have an untreated STD, which often has no symptoms to tell you of an infection, you are at risk of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease with an abortion. PID affects nearly 1,000,000 women each year,” says AmericanPregnancy.org.

Willow Womens Center tests for the two most common and treatable STI’s — at no charge to you. Many abortion providers do not offer this service prior to your abortion.

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Make an appointment today to come in and see us. We are here just for you and can help you sort through your feelings, answer your questions, and give you unbiased information so you can make the best possible decision.

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What do I need to know about the Abortion Pill?

If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may have questions about the abortion pill. How does it work? Where can I get one?

Before you make a decision about whether the abortion pill is right for your situation, you need to be aware that there are a lot of rules and regulations surrounding abortion procedures, and they vary from state to state. Depending which state you live in, there may be age restrictions or a waiting period before you can get the abortion pill.

For instance, if you live in Wisconsin, one of your parents, a foster parent, a grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling who is 25 or older must give permission for an abortion.

About the Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is actually two pills, one given to you and taken at the clinic, the other taken at home the next day, according to doctor’s instructions. One of the pills is mifepristone – which blocks the hormones needed to create a healthy pregnancy. The other pill is misoprostol – which causes cramping, bleeding and empties your uterus. You will need to return to the clinic for a follow-up two weeks later to confirm if the abortion was successful and that there is no infection.

The abortion pill can only be taken up until 10 weeks or 70 days after the first day of your last period. If it has been 71 days, you will have to have an in-clinic abortion procedure instead.

We are Here to Support You

At Willow Womens Clinic, YOU are our priority. Our licensed staff members are here to answer all your questions in a non-judgmental environment.

We offer pregnancy tests at no cost to you, in order to confirm your pregnancy through a medical-grade test. Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period. A pregnancy test detects the hormone known as hCG, which is found in the urine of women who are pregnant.

If the results are positive, the next step is to have an ultrasound. This will confirm the pregnancy is viable, that it is not ectopic (a dangerous situation requiring medical treatment), and it will tell you the gestational age.

An ultrasound may also help determine the risk that you might miscarry. According to AmericanPregnancy.com, “Studies reveal that anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage.” Up to 80 percent of those miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

We also offer STI testing services for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea if you have a positive pregnancy test. We can provide you with referrals for any other testing you may need. This is important because having an abortion procedure with an undiagnosed STI/STD could result in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, a condition that can result in a lot of pain and fertility problems.

Contact us today to come in and see us. We will support you as you decide what the best path is.

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