So you missed your period and now you’re asking yourself, “Could I be pregnant?”
Before you make any decisions about what you are going to do, call Life Choice to set up an appointment for a free confidential pregnancy test.
You will have the results during your appointment.
Common pregnancy symptoms:
- Late period
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Frequent urination
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Food cravings or aversions
We can also help you explore all of your options, the pros, and the cons, so that you can make the best decision for YOU and your situation.
It is important to us at Life Choices that you feel safe, cared for and informed of all your options. We don’t want any woman or couple making a choice without understanding all the options available to them. Knowing the outcome of your pregnancy test will help you determine your choices.
Pregnancy - You have the time and the right to be informed
Whenever you have sex, there is always a chance for pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, please contact us for an appointment to take a free and confidential pregnancy test.
During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Some common symptoms of early pregnancy include a missed period, nausea, breast tenderness, frequent urination, tiredness and mood swings. If you think you might be pregnant, you will need to take a pregnancy test. Please contact us for an appointment to take a free and confidential test.
Pregnancy tests check for a hormone called hCG that is produced by the embryo during pregnancy. The longer you wait to take the test, the more accurate it becomes. It is best to wait until your first missed period before you take a pregnancy test. You can test sooner, but you may need to take a subsequent pregnancy test.
Consider Your Options
You have the time and the right to be informed
If you have a positive pregnancy test, you have three choices to consider:
You may have more questions than answers about parenting or maybe the thought of becoming a parent seems overwhelming to you at this time.
- My husband or boyfriend doesn't want the baby but I do
- (for men) My girlfriend doesn't want the baby but I do
- I can't tell my family
- How will I finish school?
- Where will I live?
- I don't have medical insurance
- I can't afford a child
- I'm too young
- I don't know who the father is or will the person I'm pregnant by be a good parent
We can talk about all these issues with you so you can decide if parenting is right for you.
- You have lots of choices with adoption.
- Will it be open, semi-open, or closed?
- Will it be private or will you use an agency?
- Today there are adoption plans in which you can know your child and be a part of your child's life.
- You can have the peace of knowing your child is loved and cared for by the couple you choose.
We can help you understand your adoption and offer referrals to licensed and competent adoption agencies.
Perhaps you're thinking:
- The father is insisting on an abortion
- I'm not ready to be a parent
- I can't tell anyone I'm pregnant
- Won’t this just get rid of the problem We know how you feel and you're not alone. If you're considering abortion, you need to know:
- Are you really pregnant?
- Is your pregnancy normal? Or are you at risk for natural miscarriage? Or do you have a tubal pregnancy requiring immediate medical attention?
- How far along are you?
- What are the consequences of abortion?
Does it seem like abortion is your only option? Will it solve all of your problems? It might feel like abortion will wipe away this situation and you can just move on. It’s not always that simple. Abortion is a serious medical procedure.
Morning After Pill (Plan B-One Step or Ella)
Before taking the Morning After Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Give us a call and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, verify your pregnancy and advise you on your options.
What is it?
The "morning after pill" is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Known as Plan B, a pill is taken within 72 hours of intercourse.
How does it work?
Plan B is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.
Things to consider
- Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
- Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
- The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive. Sources: Manufacturer's Prescribing Information for Plan B (Levonorgestrel) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeon Richter, Ltd., Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised August 2009. BR-038 / 21000382503
Before taking RU486, or Abortion Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you're pregnant and advise you on your options.
What is it?
RU-486, also known as "the abortion pill," is actually a combination of two drugs -- mifepristone and misoprostol -- that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 7 weeks since your last period. It is NOT the same as the "morning after pill."
How does it work?
The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.
Things to consider
- An RU-486 abortion requires 3 visits to a health care provider.
- Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or even 4 weeks.
- Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramping.
- If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.
Note: Life Choice does not provide birth control and we are not a medical clinic
Emotional and Psychological Impact
Following abortion, many women experience initial relief. The perceived crisis is over and life returns to normal. For many women, however, the crisis is not over. Months and even years later, significant problems can develop. Women who have experienced abortion may develop the following symptoms:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Difficulty Bonding with Partner or Children
- Eating Disorder
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, our pregnancy center offers confidential, professional and compassionate support designed to help women and men work through these feelings. You are not alone. If you wish to begin the healing process from a past abortion or abortions, we offer one-on-one and group counseling free of charge. You cannot change your past, but you can change your future. Please give Life Choice a call.