We know when you face an unplanned pregnancy, you have a lot of questions and may not know where to go to get accurate, helpful information. We can help! We exist to help women in unplanned pregnancies get the answers and education they need to make an empowered choice.
Here are the most frequently asked questions we hear and their answers:
When should I take a pregnancy test?
The results of a pregnancy test are most accurate when taken at least one week after your missed period. During pregnancy, your body produces the hormone hCG. Your hCG levels double every 72 hours and a pregnancy test measures the amount of hCG in your urine. If you take the test too soon, you could get a false positive.
What are some early signs of pregnancy?
The most common early signs of pregnancy are a late or missed period, tender, swollen breasts, and nausea. Other symptoms of pregnancy include food cravings or aversions, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you could be pregnant. The only way to know for sure, though, is to take a pregnancy test.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is important because it provides valuable information about your pregnancy. It answers three questions: Where is the pregnancy located? Is the pregnancy viable? And how far along is the pregnancy? If you’re considering an abortion, you need to know the answers to all three questions because it will determine if and what kind of abortion procedure you’re eligible for.
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill, also called medication abortion, is an early termination prescription. It is actually made up of two pills containing two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol – designed to end and expel the pregnancy. The first pill is taken at the doctor’s office and causes fetal demise by blocking your body’s production of progesterone. The second pill is taken at least 24 hours later at home and causes contractions to expel the pregnancy. As with any other medication, there are risks and side effects associated with the abortion pill, and you deserve to be fully informed about those before choosing this prescription.
Is abortion legal in Illinois?
Yes. Abortion laws in Illinois are some of the most permissive in the United States. The only restrictions in place are that the parents of a minor must be notified before obtaining an abortion and that abortions can only be performed past the point of viability if the mother’s life or health is endangered.
Can I transfer an STD to my child during birth?
Yes. According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s possible for some STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes to be passed to the child during delivery while passing through the birth canal. Some STDs like syphilis, HIV, and CMV can infect the fetus during pregnancy before a birth.