Vida provides a free and confidential pre-abortion screening appointment for women who are considering an abortion, have scheduled an abortion, or have ordered the abortion pills by mail. A screening appointment includes:
- Medical verification of your pregnancy;
- Ultrasound to determine viability vs. miscarriage, estimation of how many weeks you are into the pregnancy, and due date;
- STD/STI testing;
- Consultation with a nurse to discuss abortion procedures/risks, discuss a potential emergency plan, possible side effects and address any questions you may have.
Some patients may not meet the medical requirements for an ultrasound. While we do not provide or refer for abortions at Vida, we are here to help you understand all of your options so that you can make an informed decision.
Why is a pre-abortion screening important?
Up to 50% of women are off about their dates. (Source: Evidence Based Birth). Understanding how far along in the pregnancy you are is an important part of the decision-making process. At Vida, we offer free and confidential ultrasounds, which, is more accurate than last missed period when determining the stage of the pregnancy. (Source: National Library of Medicine)
1 in 50 pregnancies can be ectopic– outside the uterus (see Healthline resource for additional information)
An abortion is a big decision and having all the information will empower you to make an informed choice regarding what pregnancy option is best for you.
As many as 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage; however, the number is most likely higher because most miscarriages occur early in the pregnancy. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
We understand that this can be a stressful situation, ending in a powerful and personal decision. Vida acts as a neutral party, offering information so that you can choose what option is best for you.