Are you listening?
You may have some strong feelings about what your family member should do with her unexpected pregnancy. But, women need understanding and the opportunity to be heard, especially from her family.It’s easy to offer a solution to every problem, but harder to just listen. So, give her the freedom to express every emotion without judgement. Tell her that you care and want to support her.
ComfortCare provides confidential, free sessions with a Patient Advocate to discuss pregnancy options. Family members are welcome to receive resources as well.
Is her unexpected pregnancy real?
Has she just taken a home test? She still needs a doctor to confirm a viable, intrauterine pregnancy. (This means the fetus is implanted in the uterus, not the fallopian tubes, and that the fetus has a heartbeat.)
Just because a pregnancy test is positive doesn’t mean the pregnancy is viable. About 1 out of every 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage.1
At ComfortCare, women receive an ultrasound to confirm that the pregnancy is located where it needs to be and that the fetus has a heart beat. The ultrasound can also determine how far along she is.
Has she been tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections)?
STIs can affect any unexpected pregnancy decision.
For instance, a woman who has Chlamydia at the time of her abortion has a 25% chance of contracting PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) within 4 weeks of the procedure.2 PID is dangerous because it can cause damage to the affected reproductive organs. If left untreated, it can escalate into serious medical complications that can be lifelong.
If a woman decides to carry to term, untreated STIs can be transferred to the baby during delivery. All women should be tested for STIs regardless of their pregnancy decision.
At ComfortCare limited STI testing is conducted without charge and referrals for comprehensive testing can be made.
Does she know about her pregnancy options?
“Pregnancy options” can seem like funny words to someone with an unexpected pregnancy. Sometimes it feels like there are no options at all. Many women feel pressured into one decision by their friends and family.
At ComfortCare, professional nurses and trained peer advocates can discuss all unexpected pregnancy options. Facts replace fears.
1 Obstetric and Gynecologic Diagnosis and Treatment Ninth Ed. DeCherney, Alan H, et al, ch24
2 Significance of Cervical Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Post-abortal Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, ” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 60(3); 322-325, (1982); M. Chacko, et al