Free Ultrasound Services
A woman recieving free ultrasound serices

Free ultrasound services can be helpful for women in a variety of situations: those who are trying to conceive, those experiencing the early signs of pregnancy, those who recently had a birth control method fail, or those who are working through the aftermath of unprotected sex or even recovering after sexual assault. Whatever your story, our team at Willow Womens Center is here to listen and provide the services you need to better understand what is going on inside your body and what your options are as you consider next steps.

Our Limited Ultrasound Exams

Whether you are looking for peace of mind after unprotected sex or confirmation as you experience the early signs of pregnancy, ultrasound exams can help confirm or rule out pregnancy as early as six weeks since your last menstrual cycle.

Whether you are looking for peace of mind after unprotected sex or confirmation as you experience the early signs of pregnancy, ultrasound exams can help confirm or rule out pregnancy as early as six weeks since your last menstrual cycle.

Diagnostic ultrasound exams are used in early pregnancy to evaluate the health and development of the baby and monitor the progress of the pregnancy. While Willow Womens Center does not provide diagnostic ultrasounds, our exams will provide the following information:

  • confirm the presence of a viable pregnancy in women who believe they would be at least 6-8 weeks pregnant
  • measure the size of the fetus and estimate the gestational age and due date
  • identify the presence of a heartbeat and assess the viability of the pregnancy
  • identify ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening and typically requires immediate medical attention

Ultrasound exams are safe and non-invasive. Since sonography does not use radiation, it poses no risk of harmful exposure to you or your developing baby.  Furthermore, under certain conditions, we can provide transvaginal ultrasound testing, which means the ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina; this provides the clearest images of the embryo or fetus during the early stages of the first trimester. 

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Willow Womens Center offers state-of-the-art equipment so you have peace of mind when you schedule your ultrasound appointment. Cutting-edge equipment offers better accuracy, improved visualization, and added features for your comfort, all of which come together to help you make a more informed decision about your pregnancy. Let us share a little more about each of these benefits.

As ultrasound equipment has evolved over the last several decades, resolution and quality of the images has improved. The most advanced equipment provides the clearest images, making it easier for our team to provide you with the information you need to make a decision about your pregnancy. Better equipment means better accuracy.

Another benefit of this advanced technology is improved visualization, which helps you see the developing fetus earlier and more clearly. These images can help new mothers and fathers begin to develop a bond with their child and get excited for the ages and stages to come.

Finally, the newest ultrasound machines come with advancements that are designed for one purpose only: to make the exam more comfortable for you. While ultrasound has never been painful or uncomfortable in the first place, medical device companies continue to work to make the experience as comfortable as possible, so you can focus on everything you see and hear instead of what you feel.

clinic nurse completing intake for a female patient - free ultrasound services

Trained and Certified Staff

While having the right technology and equipment is important, having staff who are trained to operate it is just as critical. Willow Womens Center is staffed with compassionate professionals who are not only highly skilled in performing your ultrasound examination, but also sensitive to the complex feelings that accompany early pregnancy. Whether you are excited about your pregnancy or weighing your options, you can trust that the team at Willow Womens Center will lend an ear and offer judgment-free guidance and support as you work through this important decision.

Timely Appointments

At Willow Womens Center, we understand how important it is to see somebody right away when facing an unplanned pregnancy. In these cases, the decisions you will be faced with are often time-sensitive, which makes access to prompt and compassionate women’s services pivotal. We believe that same- and next-day appointments empower you to bring your most immediate concerns forward, get accurate information about your options, and most importantly, receive the support you need during what can be a very challenging time.

For that reason, we offer a variety of appointment times every day, which you can schedule by calling us at 608.312.2025, stopping by our clinic, or scheduling confidentially right on our website. At any given time, you can find an appointment the very next day, and in many cases, even same-day appointments are available during our operating hours (Monday through Wednesday, 9 AM to 4 PM).

Confidentiality Guaranteed

At Willow Womens Center, we recognize that pregnancy can be an intensely personal and emotional experience. Many of the women we serve choose to keep their pregnancy private until they have had time to come to terms with it, process their feelings, and make decisions about next steps. Choosing a women’s center that values privacy and confidentiality can empower you to confidently make educated decisions, protect your safety in abusive situations, and promote your well-being as you navigate this unfamiliar territory. At Willow Womens Center, your visit is always 100% confidential, known only to you and the team members who served you.

Schedule an appointment for free ultrasound services today.

Is it Safe to Buy Abortion Pills Online?
Young woman researching buying the abortion pill online

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45% of all pregnancies are unplanned, leaving couples in a position to research their options and make the difficult decision between abortion, adoption, and parenting the child. In some cases, women or couples seek out ways to buy abortion pills online for a variety of reasons. Here, we will discuss that option in depth, including more detailed information about abortion pills, why some women buy abortion pills online, and the dangers of doing exactly that.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The term “abortion pill” is a catch-all phrase used to describe medications used to induce a medical (rather than surgical) abortion. The most commonly known and widely used abortion pill is a combination of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone – commonly called RU-486 or the abortion pill – blocks the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for maintaining a pregnancy. By blocking progesterone, mifepristone causes the lining of your uterus to thin and prevents the embryo from continuing to develop.

Commonly prescribed as a pair, misoprostol is another medication usually taken 24-48 hours after mifepristone. It causes the uterus to contract and helps to expel the contents of the uterus, including the embryo or fetus.

When used together, mifepristone and misoprostol terminate early pregnancy, typically up to 10 weeks gestation. However, it is important to note that abortion medications should only be used under medical supervision – guided by a healthcare professional experienced in medical abortion – and in accordance with local laws and regulations. The availability, legality, and specific protocols for medical abortion vary from state to state. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or reproductive health clinic for accurate and up-to-date information on the safety of each option.

Why Do Women Buy Abortion Pills Online?

Despite the health and legal risks, women sometimes look to the internet for the abortion pill. While the reasons women take this route vary, some of the most common factors include:

  1. In some states, access to safe and legal abortion services is limited or restricted due to legal, cultural, or logistical barriers. Women in these situations might turn to online sources as a way to obtain abortion pills discreetly or as a perceived alternative when in-person options are limited.
Young woman frustrated with the results of researching abortion pill online

2. Sometimes women worry about the social stigma, potential privacy violations, or disclosure of their decision to terminate a pregnancy if they seek care in person. These women might prefer the anonymity and privacy that comes with purchasing products online.

3. Many women in the United States do not live within driving distance of an abortion clinic or have transportation to and from that clinic. In these cases, it can feel challenging to access those services. Online abortion pills might seem like a more accessible option.

4. The cost of abortion services can vary widely depending on the location and healthcare system. In some cases, women perceive online options as more affordable than in-person consultations or procedures.

Keeping this in mind, it is important to note that purchasing abortion pills online poses a significant risk to your health and safety. Visiting a pregnancy options clinic can help you address any concerns you have about access, privacy, or affordability.

What are the Dangers of Buying Abortion Pills Online?

Buying the abortion pill online with medical supervision and from unregulated sources can pose serious dangers to your health and well-being. Some of the most significant dangers include:

  • Safety and efficacy – Online sources might sell counterfeit, substandard, or expired medications that are ineffective or unsafe. The quality and dosage of the pills have not been tested or approved and can not be guaranteed. They might be missing active ingredients or contain harmful contaminants.
  • Inaccurate or inadequate information – Online sellers often do not provide accurate or adequate information about the usage, side effects, or risks associated with abortion pills. Without proper instructions or medical guidance, patients might not have the information they need to make informed decisions or respond to complications that arise.
  • Lack of medical supervision – Before an abortion can be performed safely, a medical professional should assess your health, gestational age, and suitability for medical abortion. The absence of medical supervision increases the risk of complications.
  • Missed ectopic pregnancy – An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus – typically in a fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy will result in a positive pregnancy test, but the pregnancy is not viable and requires immediate medical attention. An undetected ectopic pregnancy can lead to life-threatening complications.
  • Lack of follow-up care – Women need follow-up care after taking the abortion pill to ensure the abortion was successful, monitor for complications, and provide emotional support. Online suppliers rarely provide the follow-up care recommended after a medical abortion.
  • Legal implications – Buying and using abortion pills from unregulated sources is illegal in some jurisdictions. Engaging in illegal activities can have serious consequences and further complicate an already challenging situation.

Buying abortion meds online can be tempting, but it is critical to put your safety, health, and well-being first as you consider your options and make an informed and supported decision. The only way to limit risk is to seek medical advice and care from qualified healthcare professionals or reputable pregnancy options clinics.

Willow Womens Center is Here to Help

Facing unplanned pregnancy and looking for support? You are not alone. Willow Womens Center is here to provide the support and guidance you need. Our caring team offers confidential services to help you explore your options. While you might feel powerless in this situation, you have the power to make an informed decision about your future. The more you know about your options – both for the pregnancy and for ongoing assistance and support if you choose to parent – the more likely you are to make the decision that is right for you.

Reach out to Willow Womens Center today and let us walk with you during this challenging time. Take the first step: schedule an appointment.

What is an Incomplete Miscarriage?  
An Asian American Woman lies in a hospital bed after an incomplete miscarriage

Genetic variances, chromosomal problems, or maternal health conditions can lead to miscarriage, or pregnancy loss before twenty weeks. Suffering through a miscarriage can be both physically and emotionally challenging, but it is relatively common, affecting up to 20% of known pregnancies. Miscarriage often occurs before a woman is even aware she is pregnant and is often mistaken for a routine menstrual period. Most miscarriages occur in the first three months of pregnancy.

What is an Incomplete Miscarriage?

During a miscarriage, the cervix dilates and blood, fluid, and fetal tissue are passed from the body through the vagina until no pregnancy tissue remains in the womb. In most cases, the tissue will pass on its own over the course of a few hours to a few days.

Sometimes, the body has trouble passing the pregnancy tissue and it remains in the womb. This is called an incomplete miscarriage. It can be hard to detect an incomplete miscarriage as the signs and symptoms are typically the same as a complete miscarriage: back pain, cramping, abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and loss of pregnancy symptoms like breast tenderness or morning sickness. Without treatment, an incomplete miscarriage can lead to prolonged bleeding, excessive bleeding, or even infection which can be a serious medical condition.

These same symptoms can also occur after an abortion if not all of the tissue is removed. Diagnosis and treatment will follow similar procedures whether the pregnancy was lost through spontaneous miscarriage or abortion.

It is important to note that in some rare cases, a miscarriage is not passed at all. This occurs when the pregnancy is no longer viable but the cervix does not dilate and bleeding does not begin on its own. Different from an incomplete miscarriage, this is called a missed miscarriage.

How Are Incomplete Miscarriages Treated?

The same woman has her hand held by her doctor after an incomplete misscarriage

The most important first step is getting a diagnosis from your trusted healthcare provider, if you suspect you had any form of miscarriage. Only a qualified healthcare professional can diagnose an incomplete miscarriage. It is important to schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN as soon as possible if you believe you may not have passed all the tissue after a miscarriage.

There are two steps in diagnosing an incomplete miscarriage: first, your doctor will need to confirm that you are or have been miscarrying, and then, they will need to confirm if some pregnancy tissue remains in the womb. Incomplete miscarriage is diagnosed through a combination of tests such as a pelvic exam, fetal heart monitoring, a quantitative hCG blood test, and/or ultrasound. Some tests are conducted to confirm the miscarriage, while others help your provider see any tissue that has been left behind. Your provider will likely also ask questions about your signs and symptoms, including when you began bleeding.

Treatment varies depending on the unique circumstances for every patient, and may include:

  • waiting for your body passes the tissue on it is own, without intervention
  • dilation and curettage (D&C), a surgical procedure to remove any remaining tissue 
  • administration of misoprostol, a medication to medically remove the tissue

While most patients do have the option to wait and see if the tissue passes on its own, some patients choose either medical or surgical treatment to avoid prolonging the miscarriage. Patients who experience an infection as a complication of an incomplete miscarriage may need additional treatment, such as oral or IV antibiotics or, in rare cases, even hospitalization and inpatient treatment. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which approach is best for your situation.

It is important to know that surgical treatment of a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are legal in Wisconsin.

Coping with an Incomplete Miscarriage

Losing a pregnancy affects each woman differently. While some women experience incredible and debilitating grief, others do not experience those same feelings. There is no right way or wrong way to feel after an incomplete miscarriage; whether you are grieving or not, it is perfectly normal. It is also important to understand that women may grieve separate miscarriages in different ways.

The woman gives a mournful smile while speaking with her doctor after an incomplete miscarriage

The stages of grief that you might experience – not necessarily in this order – include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It can take weeks, months, or in some cases years to work through grief after loss. It is worth mentioning that grief is a highly individual and personal experience, and not everyone will go through these stages in the same way or in a linear fashion. Some people may also experience additional stages or different variations of these stages. It is essential to remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve or to deal with a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Seeking support from loved ones or professionals can be beneficial during the process.

It is important to care for your physical and emotional health after any type of miscarriage. Some of the steps you can take as you work through the stages of grief include:

  • Honoring the life that was lost. Choosing a name, holding a small, private ceremony, or planting a tree in their memory are a few ways to honor the life that was lost.
  • Leaning on your partner. If you have a partner, remember that they too are likely experiencing complicated feelings following the miscarriage. Include your partner in decisions and lean on them for emotional support. Respect their individual way of grieving. 
  • Seek counseling. Mental health support while you work through the stages of grief can help you manage and cope with your feelings.
  • Look for nonprofit support. There are a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide free resources and support after miscarriage.

While Willow Womens Center in Beloit, WI, does not treat for miscarriages, we do provide free pregnancy-related and educational services. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to support you through every stage of your journey. Whether you are seeking pregnancy testing, options counseling, or post-abortion care, we provide confidential and non-judgmental care. Take control of your health and well-being today. Contact Willow Womens Center at 608-312-2025 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Your care and comfort are our top priorities. Reach out now and let us be your trusted partner. 

No Cost Women’s Center near Rockford

When faced with the uncertainty and fear brought on by an unplanned pregnancy, know that Willow Women’s Center is here to support you. We empathize with the overwhelming emotions you may be experiencing and are dedicated to guiding you through this difficult time. Our confidential pregnancy services are completely free, ensuring you receive the information you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Beloit Office Location

2680 Prairie Ave, Beloit, WI

(608) 312-2025

Office Hours

Monday 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 9am – 4pm

Wednesday 9am – 4pm

Our No Cost Services

It is not uncommon to feel helpless when you are unexpectedly pregnant. Yet, our compassionate, licensed healthcare professionals at Willow Women’s Center are available to empower you with the information you need to be confident again.

Our caring advocates can guide you one step at a time through the following services:

  • Medical-grade pregnancy testing: Even if you have already taken a home pregnancy test with a positive result, we offer a medical-grade pregnancy test that provides written verification of your pregnancy.
  • Limited pregnancy ultrasound: To confirm a viable pregnancy and determine the age of the pregnancy, we offer a limited pregnancy ultrasound, which cannot be done by a pregnancy test alone.
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing: In addition to pregnancy testing, we offer STI testing to all Stateline area residents. An untreated STI can lead to reproductive system damage, infertility, and other health complications.
  • Education: We believe that accurate information is essential for making an informed decision about your unexpected pregnancy. Our goal is to empower you with the facts so that you can make a confident choice that is right for you.
  • Referrals: If your STI test is positive, we can provide a prescription (Chlamydia) or referrals (Gonorrhea) for proper treatment. We can also connect you with various community resources that offer tangible assistance.
  • Parenting Classes: We offer a series of free parenting classes that cover all stages and challenges that parents may face. Whether you are expecting your first child or already have children at home, you will leave with new knowledge that will empower you to raise healthy, happy, and successful children.

If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, contact Willow Womens Center today for your confidential appointment. YOU are our priority, and we believe you are capable of making the right choice for you and your future.

No Cost Women's Center near Rockford

About Rockford

Rockford, IL, often referred to as the “Forest City,” is a vibrant and diverse city located in Winnebago County in northern Illinois. With a rich history dating back to the 1830s, Rockford has grown to become the third-largest city in the state, offering a perfect blend of urban amenities and natural beauty.

One of the city’s defining features is its picturesque landscape, characterized by the Rock River that winds its way through the heart of the city. The lush parks and green spaces lining the riverbanks provide residents and visitors alike with ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking, boating, and picnicking.

Rockford boasts a dynamic cultural scene, with various museums, art galleries, and performance venues scattered throughout the city. The Coronado Performing Arts Center, a historic theater, hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and other events that cater to diverse tastes. 

For those interested in history, Rockford offers several museums, including the Discovery Center Museum, the Burpee Museum of Natural History, and the Midway Village Museum. These institutions provide educational and engaging exhibits that delve into the region’s past, from its Native American heritage to its industrial roots.

Rockford’s welcoming community fosters a strong sense of pride and camaraderie among its residents. The city hosts numerous festivals and events year-round, including the internationally renowned Rockford Airfest, which draws aviation enthusiasts from all over the country.

In conclusion, Rockford, IL, is a city that beautifully combines its natural charm, cultural assets, and industrious spirit, making it an attractive place to live, work, and explore.

No Cost Women’s Center near Harvard, IL

If you live in or near Harvard, IL and are facing an unexpected pregnancy, Willow Womens Center is available to support you during this uncertain time.

Our compassionate team of licensed healthcare professionals is dedicated to offering accurate guidance and essential services, empowering you to make the best choices for your situation. We recognize the significance of equipping you with knowledge to ensure informed decisions regarding your pregnancy.

We highly value your independence and honor your decisions. Your choices pertaining to your pregnancy will never be met with pressure or judgment at our clinic. Our approach to healthcare is comprehensive, addressing your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

We are committed to removing any barriers that may hinder your access to pregnancy services. There will be no charges for our services, and we will not submit any claims to your insurance. Our primary focus is on providing the necessary information and care to guide you towards the most suitable decision for yourself.

If you suspect an unexpected pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out to Willow Womens Center today to arrange a confidential appointment. We are here to support you throughout every step of your journey.

Beloit Office Location

2680 Prairie Ave, Beloit, WI

(608) 312-2025

Office Hours

Monday 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 9am – 4pm

Wednesday 9am – 4pm

Our No Cost Services

  • High-quality pregnancy testing

Even if you had a positive pregnancy test result at home, we will run another medical-grade pregnancy test for you so you can get the written verification needed for support services.

  • Pregnancy ultrasounds

It is vital to have an ultrasound even if you are considering abortion. An ultrasound provides critical information such as how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable or not.

  • Unbiased and accurate information

We understand that only YOU can make the best decision for you personal circumstances, which is why we are passionate about equipping you with unbiased and accurate information about your pregnancy and your options. We want to empower you to make an informed decision.

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

If your pregnancy test is positive, we provide testing for two common STIs: gonorrhea and chlamydia.

  • Community referrals

We want you to be connected to the community resources you need to be healthy and provided for. We will offer referral information for further testing or support services available in the community.

  • Parenting Classes

We offer a series of free parenting classes designed to address all the stages and challenges that parents might face. Whether you are pregnant with your first child or already have children at home, you will leave with new learnings that will empower you to raise healthy, happy, and successful children.

No Cost Women's Center near Delavan, WI