Life can get pretty crazy, especially with a kiddo or two keeping you on your toes. Amidst the endless binky struggle or missing homework assignment, unplanned pregnancies are sneaking up on parents across America. Statistics show that around sixty-percent of women pursuing abortions have already birthed at least one child.
Abortion by means of ‘the pill’ is referred to as a medical abortion. When seeking pregnancy termination, most women prefer a medical approach over a surgical procedure.
Are you pregnant and contemplating an abortion? Do you have questions about which type of abortion to pursue? Surgical abortion, medical abortion, the abortion pill, age of viability… the jargon and the current abortion laws can be hard to keep straight. We’ve done some digging to give you a head start!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
Does your body seem to be changing in ways you can’t quite explain? Are you nauseated, fatigued, and experiencing killer mood swings, but not sure why? There is a chance you could be pregnant. For some women these are welcome changes, maybe even long anticipated. But for others, unexpected is an understatement. First things first, it’s important to find out if you really are pregnant.
Sexually transmitted infections, or STI’s, are on the rise in Ohio and nationwide. Formerly referred to as STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), STI’s are often a topic that goes undiscussed and swept under the table. With rates on the rise, it’s more likely than ever that ladies in Ohio are being affected. Because these infections can impact our long term reproductive health, it’s time we start talking about them!
“I came in not knowing what to expect. I felt so comfortable. I got great advice. I appreciate the ladies at Bella .” – AW
An unplanned pregnancy holds so much unknown. Uncertainty often leads to fear, apprehension and frustration. The staff at Bella are trained to reduce stress in order to aid our patients in making the best-informed decision for themselves. A decision motivated by fear may not reflect what a woman truly desires. It is our mission at Bella to provide a comfortable and non-judgemental environment for all women facing unexpected pregnancy.
When considering an abortion, it is imperative to have STI/STD testing beforehand. In the absence of symptoms, it is easy to render this an unnecessary step; however, sexually transmitted infections may be present in what is known as a latent phase (there are no current symptoms). The consequences of proceeding with an abortion in the presence of an STI, whether active or latent, can be long-lasting and detrimental to your reproductive health. Moving forward with an abortion before treatment can spread bacteria from the vagina to the uterus. Pelvic Inflammatory disease can result from the spread of bacteria and may lead to future issues including, but not limited to, fallopian tube obstructions, chronic pelvic pain, bleeding during intercourse, ectopic pregnancies (pregnancies occurring outside of the uterus), and infertility.
Oftentimes news of an unexpected pregnancy can turn our worlds upside down. When the timing is less than convenient, stress can begin to take over. Inevitably, stress and uncertainty cloud the picture rendering it difficult to make sound decisions. As these decisions will impact your future, we want to help reduce the stress so that you can see clearly. Here at Bella, we offer abortion screening for every pregnant woman who is interested.
Figure 1: Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman” (image from Warner Bros. Pictures)
DC’s new film Wonder Woman has been a box-office hit, grossing $100.5 million its opening weekend (making it the biggest-ever opening for a female director!), and for good reason. This version of Wonder Woman is an inspiring superhero, showing strength, love, and forgiveness. But did you know that her actress, Gal Gadot, is a powerhouse in real life, as well?