If you think you might be pregnant, there are three medical issues that are very important for you to know about before you decide what to do next:
1. You need to find out if your pregnancy is viable.
About 20% of pregnancies are not viable. This means something didn’t go exactly right and the pregnancy will likely end on its own. A positive pregnancy test cannot confirm that you are actually pregnant. The only way to medically confirm a viable pregnancy is by performing an ultrasound scan. There are several reasons why a pregnancy may not be viable. Our medical staff will take the time to answer all of your questions.
2. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you need to find out exactly how far along you are.
Knowing exactly how far along you are will help you determine what options are available to you. Whether you are considering termination, parenting, or adoption, there are different procedures, costs, and other medical issues that vary based upon how many weeks pregnant you are. The only way to know exactly how far along you are is by having an ultrasound exam and taking measurements of the baby.
3. If you are pregnant, you need to be tested for STDs.
It is important that you are tested and, if necessary, treated for STDs. If you have a termination procedure and have Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, your risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) increases by 25%. About 50% of the time Chlamydia and Gonorrhea have no symptoms, so even if you feel well, you should still get tested. If you are considering parenting or adoption, there are at least 8 STDs that can dramatically affect your baby’s development when left untreated. Click here for more information on STDs.