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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or believe you might be pregnant, you likely have many questions about your situation and your next steps. At First Choice Georgia, we are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have during this confusing time.

How Do I Know If I Am Pregnant?

The most common symptom of a pregnancy is a missed period, but there are others as well. Some common symptoms include nausea, fatigue, spotting, cramping, frequent urination, and tender breasts, among others. First Choice Georgia can provide you with a no-cost, laboratory quality pregnancy test so you can know for sure.

What are the signs of an STD?

While some STIs/STDs can have varying symptoms, most are considered asymptomatic (no noticeable symptoms or signs) in their earliest stages. However, STIs/STDs can still be spread and cause damage to the body when there are no outward signs of an active infection (vaginal, oral or anal) and that’s why it is important to be screened if you’ve had unprotected sexual activity of any kind.

When should I get an ultrasound?

It is important to have an ultrasound performed following a positive pregnancy test. An ultrasound can tell you several important things about your pregnancy, including gestational age and health of both yourself and the fetus.

  • How far along am I? (gestational age)
  • Is the pregnancy in the uterus?
  • Is the pregnancy viable? (Is there a chance I will miscarry?)

How much does my appointment cost?

All appointments at First Choice Georgia are free and underwritten.

Is my appointment confidential?

Yes. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and we will do whatever we can to protect that privacy. Your confidentiality is kept in every situation except those in which could jeopardize your safety.

What are my options?

It’s completely normal to be unsure of how you want to handle your unplanned pregnancy. At Downtown Pregnancy Center, we can provide you with factual information regarding all of your options, including parenting, adoption, and abortion, so you may make an informed decision.

Am I Really Pregnant?

Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should confirm your pregnancy with a medical-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound. A pregnancy may be detected as early as 7 to 10 days after conception.

Be aware that about 10-20% of known pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Actual rates may be higher as many women miscarry before knowing they are pregnant. You can schedule an appointment here.

How Far Along Am I?

Having an ultrasound is essential to making an informed decision.
Abortion procedures and their associated costs are determined based upon how far along you are in the pregnancy. Having this information will help you better understand what type of abortion procedure you may be eligible to receive along with their associated costs.

A limited obstetrical ultrasound at First Choice Georgia will confirm your pregnancy, including whether the pregnancy is viable at the time of the scan (by confirming a heartbeat) and estimating the gestational age (how many weeks pregnant you are).

What are the different abortion procedures?

There are different abortion procedures for different stages of pregnancy. You can schedule an appointment for free options counseling appointment.

What are common reasons a woman seeks an abortion?

Each woman and her circumstances is unique.  According to research by Biggs, Gould and Foster, the most common reasons those considering abortion give are the need to care for existing children, financial concerns about having a child, work or school commitments, concerns about their relationship, or becoming a single parent. First Choice Georgia can help you explore your reasons and help navigate the decision process.

How do I decide whether or not to have an abortion?

It is important that you take your time, gather good information, and seek wise counsel. We can help!

Questions to ask:

  1. Am I ready to be a parent?
  2. Am I willing to consider other options such as adoption?
  3. What would it mean for my future if I have a child now?
  4. Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion?
  5. Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
  6. Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or don’t want?
  7. What is my support system?

I am pregnant, What are my options?

If you are pregnant, you have three basic choices:

  1. Continue the pregnancy and become a parent.
  2. Continue the pregnancy and arrange for an adoption, either within your family or through an agency.
  3. End the pregnancy now by having an abortion.

To schedule a free pregnancy test and ultrasound, click here.

Should I have STD testing before proceeding with an abortion?

At First Choice Georgia, we recommend STD testing prior to abortion to prevent undiagnosed STDs from spreading farther into the reproductive system. STD testing prior to an abortion is not necessarily offered by abortion providers.  And when it is, there is a cost.  At First Choice Georgia, we offer free STD testing for two sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.  Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the two most common STDs in the United States. They are bacterial diseases which commonly reside in the vaginal opening. We believe it is important for pregnant women to know if they have either one of these diseases, especially if they are considering having an abortion.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are dangerous diseases if left unchecked. If a woman is infected, during an abortion (as well as during childbirth and other procedures that involve the vaginal canal) those infected cells can travel from the vaginal opening to inside the uterus. When this occurs and is left untreated, a second condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may develop.

PID may have serious consequences, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the Fallopian tube or elsewhere outside of the womb), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain.  Protect your health and well-being, and get tested today!

What does an abortion cost?

The cost for an abortion may vary based on how far along you are in your pregnancy, the procedure, the clinic, and more. If you think you are pregnant, book a free appointment online to verify your pregnancy through a pregnancy test and ultrasound. Figuring out how far along you are is the first step.

Are there risks to having an abortion?

With any surgery or medical procedure, there are associated risks. An abortion is a medical procedure. There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical.

A surgical procedure removes the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. It’s typically done using suction and a sharp, spoon-shaped tool called a curet.

A medical abortion involves taking medication early in the pregnancy to abort the fetus.

With surgical abortions, most complications are considered minor, such as:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Post-anesthesia complications

Other risks are considered major, namely:

  • Uterine atony and subsequent hemorrhage
  • Uterine perforation, injuries to adjacent organs (bladder or bowels)
  • Cervical laceration
  • Failed abortion
  • Septic abortion
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)

The total abortion-related complication rate, including all sources of care such as emergency departments and the original abortion facility, is estimated to be about 2%. The incidence of abortion-related emergency department visits within six weeks of the initial abortion procedure is about 40%.

Potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

If you still have questions, our medical team can give you complete information on the risks of these procedures.

Schedule a free consultation today.