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- Do you think you might be pregnant?
- Do you think your girlfriend is pregnant?
- What are my options?
- What about abortion?
- What is the morning after pill?
- What is RU-486?
If you have had sexual intercourse, there is a possibility that you may be pregnant. Knowing your body will help you identify some of the common symptoms of pregnancy:
- Missed period
- Feeling nauseous
- Frequent urination
- Feeling tired
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Breasts may feel tender or swollen
- Darkening of the nipples
- Food cravings
These are just a few of the common symptoms of pregnancy, but they can also be symptoms of other things. You need a pregnancy test and a medical confirmation of pregnancy to determine if you are really pregnant.
Think your girlfriend is pregnant? Wondering what you can do about it? After the shock, you will want to get the facts. (Men always want the facts, right?)
You might be thinking:
“This can’t be happening to me!”
“We were so careful …”
“She was on the pill; I used a condom. Isn’t that enough?”
Every method of birth control has its failure rate. If you are having sex, pregnancy can occur. It’s a risk you take.
We know that men like to make decisions based on facts.
These are some of the facts you need that we can provide, FREE OF CHARGE:
Is she really pregnant?
Home tests are unreliable; get medical confirmation.
How far along is she?
Gestational age determines abortion costs.
What are the options, and how much can you influence her decision?
At Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers, we have trained female mentors who can meet with you and talk through this difficult issue with you. We understand that the crisis involves you, too, not just the pregnant woman.
If you think she may be pregnant, bring her in and get the facts.
- We use a lab-quality pregnancy test.
- We offer consultations with client educators.
- We offer a limited obstetrical ultrasound to confirm pregnancy *
How do some guys feel after their girlfriend has an abortion?
Often the father has some of the same feelings of guilt, loss, depression, anxiety and others. Unfortunately, these feelings can occur at any time following the abortion, it may even be years.
* offered only under certain guidelines
Consider your options
The Right to Choose Includes the Right to Know
An unplanned pregnancy is a hard thing to face. You probably already know that you have several options. It’s hard to think clearly when you are feeling stressed or anxious about a pregnancy that has come at the wrong time. It’s hard to imagine what the future will hold and the impact this one decision will have on your life.
The Basic Options That Are Available For You to Consider:
- Carrying the baby to term and parenting him/her yourself
- Making an adoption plan for your baby
- Having an abortion
Before you decide…
You deserve to have as much information as possible. No matter what choice you are considering, there are many variables to consider within each option:
- If you parent, will you marry the baby’s father or will you be a single parent?
- If you make an adoption plan, will you choose an open adoption or a closed adoption?
- If you choose abortion, will you have some type of surgical abortion or a chemical abortion (usually determined by how far along you are in the pregnancy)
If abortion is something you are considering, you need to know the facts so that you can make an informed decision.
An abortion is a medical procedure. There are two different types of abortions. What type of abortion would you have and what are the short term risks and the long term risks?
Are you considering an abortion to please someone else or because someone else is insisting? You need to make this decision for yourself, of course the support of your parents, boyfriend or friends is important, but ultimately it is your decision.
I am not ready to be a parent. I don’t want anyone to know that I am pregnant. These are valid questions with which we can help.
What are the risks of abortion? There are many risks associated with abortions including abnormal bleeding, sterilization, feeling of loss, and depression. Some of the long term risks include depression, guilt, anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem, and could take years to appear. More information will be given at your appointment.
Before taking the Morning After Pill, you should get information from a trusted source about what it is, how it could affect your health, and how it works. Comprehensive information is available when you visit our center.
WHAT IS IT?
The ‘morning after pill’ is an intense dose of oral contraceptive, trademarked under the name Plan B®. It is the only oral contraceptive of its kind approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The normal dosage is actually 2 tablets, one taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse, and the second tablet taken 12 hours later. Plan B® is not the same as RU486.
POSSIBLE WAYS IT MAY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
- 1 in 4 women studied experience menstrual bleeding and nausea
- 1 in 5 women studied experienced abdominal pain, fatigue, and headaches
- Other side effects include changes in menstrual cycle, breast tenderness, dizziness, and vomiting.
- You may also be at an increased risk of having an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Plan B® works as an emergency contraceptive, principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. Additionally, it may inhibit implantation. It is ineffective once implantation has occurred.
Source: Manufacturer’s Prescribing Information for Plan B® (Levonorgestrel) tablets. 0.75mg Mfg. by Gideon Richter, Ltd. Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Pomona, NY 10970, Revised Feb 2004 BR-038 / 21000382503
Before taking RU-486, also known as the Abortion Pill, you should get information from a trusted source about what it is, how it could affect your health, and how it works. Comprehensive information is available when you visit our center.
WHAT IS IT?
RU-486 (Mifepristone) is a steroid that causes an abortion when taken orally. It is actually a combination of two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol – that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it had been more than 7 weeks since your last period. It is NOT the same as the ‘morning after pill’.
POSSIBLE WAYS IT MAY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramping.
For about 8 women out of 100 in the U.S. clinical study, the RU-486 combination failed to result in a medical abortion and a surgical abortion follow-up was necessary.
Normally, the FDA conducts massive studies using strict protocol to insure long-term safety before approving a drug, however, only a few trials have been in the United States.
In a surgical abortion, the patient does not see what the physician removes from the womb; in a chemical abortion the fetus may be expelled while you are at home, work or school. For some women this is very traumatic.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This drug breaks down the uterine lining and the growing baby is shed from the uterus.
For this type of abortion, you may need as many as three appointments.
First appointment: pelvic exam, blood test, ultrasound exam; first dose of RU-486
Second appointment: if the abortion has not occurred in two days, you will return to clinic and take Cytotec or Misoprostol to induce uterine contractions
Third appointment: about twelve days later, you will return to the clinic for an exam to make sure the abortion is complete and you are no longer pregnant.
Sources: New England Journal of Medicine, April 30, 1998, Vol. 338 No.18
Washington Post, February 4, 1997, Robin Heterman
Citizen: “Deadly Temptation” January 2000, by Matthewes-Green