When you visit the 132 Healthwise abortion clinic for the first time, the doctor will want to perform some checks to ensure that you are able to have a pregnancy termination. It is a good idea to have these tests even if you’re not sure what you want to do yet so that you will be ready if you do decide to go ahead with the pregnancy termination.
The first thing that you should do when you think that you might be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. It is important to check that you’re definitely pregnant so that you’re not worrying for no reason. You can pick up a pregnancy test at most pharmacies or supermarkets. Make sure that you follow the instructions and that you understand how to read the results. If the test confirms that you are pregnant then you will need to consider your next step.
When you visit the 132 Healthwise clinic to discuss your options, the doctor will recommend an ultrasound scan. The scan will confirm that you are pregnant, get an accurate date for the pregnancy (which will determine the type of pregnancy termination that can be performed) and check for any issues such as an ectopic pregnancy.
You should consider having an STI test before your abortion. You might be asked to provide a urine sample or have swabs taken. Anyone who has been sexually active could have a sexually transmitted infection. If you are carrying an infection then it is important to get treated before the abortion as it could cause complications after the procedure. It is usually possible to eliminate the infection with antibiotics.
If you don’t know your blood type then the doctor will take a small blood sample to find it out. Knowing your blood group is important as you might need extra treatment if you are rhesus negative. If you are rhesus negative and the foetus is rhesus positive, then it could trigger a reaction when you have a pregnancy termination. The doctor can give you an anti-D injection to prevent this from happening if you are rhesus negative. You don’t need to have the anti-D injection if you are certain that the baby’s father is also rhesus negative, but it’s a good idea to have the medication if there is any chance that he is rhesus positive. If a rhesus reaction is triggered by the abortion then it could cause problems in any future pregnancies.
As well as performing these tests, the doctor will also ask you some questions about your health before you have a pregnancy termination. It is important to ask about any health problems you’ve had and any medications you’re currently taking as they could affect the types of treatment you can have. You might also need to stop taking certain kinds of medication before you have a pregnancy termination, in order to avoid complications. However, you shouldn’t stop taking any other medications unless your doctor tells you to.
The tests that you have during your initial consultation are an important part of your abortion care. The information that they provide will enable the doctor at 132 Healthwise to provide you with the best possible care.
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