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If you are planning to have an abortion at the 132 Healthwise clinic, the doctor will usually recommend the following checks during your initial consultation. These tests can ensure that you receive the right care if you go ahead with the pregnancy termination.
The doctor will ask about your medical history as it could affect your treatment choices. For example, if you’ve had a bad reaction to certain drugs in the past, the doctor may recommend a surgical termination rather than a medical abortion. You may be asked about current or past medical problems, allergies, and any medication you are taking.
A small sample of your blood will usually be taken during the consultation. It will be sent to the lab for routine testing. The results can reveal issues such as anaemia or infections. Your blood group will also be checked, so you will quickly be able to get the help you need in the unlikely event that you need a blood transfusion after the abortion. Heavy blood loss is very rare, but it is one of the potential side effects of pregnancy termination so it is good to be prepared.
An ultrasound is recommended during the initial consultation as it can provide useful information about your health before a pregnancy termination. It can help to date the pregnancy more accurately and reveal any issues such as an ectopic pregnancy that could affect your health. The scan will usually need to be performed transvaginally, which can be a little bit uncomfortable. However it won’t hurt and the scan is completely safe.
It can be a good idea to undergo screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when you are considering pregnancy termination. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of these infections, so it is a good idea to be tested. If any problems are found, they can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics, which may be given during a surgical abortion. Treating the infection can reduce the risk of complications after the abortion, so it is a good idea to get checked before you go ahead with the termination.