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Why should I get an ultrasound before my abortion?

Why should I get an ultrasound before my abortion?

If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you might be wondering why you would need to get an ultrasound scan. While many states require one before getting an abortion, that’s not the only reason you should consider scheduling an appointment for an ultrasound scan.  Ultrasounds will provide valuable insight to you and are a key piece … Continued

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3 Steps You Must Take Before Having an Abortion

Woman is considering the 3 steps she needs to take before having an abortion.

Do you think you might be pregnant? You’re wondering, “How could this happen? I thought we were careful! What am I going to do?” So many questions and thoughts race through your mind. You might think having an abortion will make the whole thing go away, but there’s no need to rush to a decision. … Continued

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6 Reasons Ordering the Abortion Pill Online is Dangerous

This Girl Is Considering Ordering the Abortion Pill Online.

Taking the abortion pill sounds like a simple way to deal with a difficult situation, but like every medical procedure, it can have serious side effects. Although “the abortion pill” is the popular name given to this abortion method, it isn’t just one, easy pill. The abortion pill is a two-step process. Here are six … Continued

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So, What Exactly Is the Abortion Pill?

A woman sitting on the beach considering the abortion pill.

Although “abortion pill” is the popular name given to this procedure by an abortion clinic, it’s not one pill, and it isn’t as simple as they’d like you to believe. Choosing to have any type of abortion is a serious medical decision. Any time you take pills that make a significant change to your body, … Continued

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Top 6 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy A late period is one of the first early signs of pregnancy that most women notice. Tender breasts, feelings of nausea, and food cravings or aversions can also be indications that you’re pregnant. Or they can signal that your period is on its way. It’s confusing, we know. The only way … Continued

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Is a Medical Abortion Right for Me?

A woman sitting on the beach considering the abortion pill.

If you recently found out you’re pregnant, and that wasn’t part of the plan, there are understandably a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your head…maybe even fear.  Fear of being pregnant…of telling your boyfriend and parents…of lost dreams…of lack of support…of what others will think of you. Even fear of abandonment. For many … Continued

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How Early Can I Take an At-Home Urine Pregnancy Test?

Woman Standing Outside Wondering How Early She Can Take A Urine Pregnancy Test

If you are experiencing early symptoms of pregnancy, one of the first steps to determine if you’re pregnant is to take an at-home urine pregnancy test. Below is information you should know about at-home tests, useful information about missed periods and your next steps if you find out you are pregnant. How do at-home pregnancy … Continued

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What are the Different Types of Abortion Procedures?

Woman wondering, what are the different types of Abortion Procedures

Reading that positive test, or hearing the words “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” may bring a wide range of reactions…anger, fear, anxiety, panic, worry, uncertainty. While our emotions drive many decisions we make, gathering factual information gives us the bigger picture.  An empowered decision is a confident decision. Your best first step is to confirm your pregnancy … Continued

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Can A Teen Get An Abortion Without Parental Consent?

This Girl Is Considering Ordering the Abortion Pill Online.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important that you’re informed and educated on all your options. For example, if you’re considering abortion, it’s also critical that you’re knowledgeable of the local and state laws, what is needed before you can receive an abortion, and how the procedures may affect your health. Listed below … Continued

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Abortion Pill Information in Illinois

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Pregnancy can be an anxious and stressful time for someone, even if the pregnancy was planned. So, it’s completely normal if you’re considering your options, like the abortion pill. The more educated on your options you are, the more prepared and in control of the situation you’ll feel. But, when considering all your options, make … Continued

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