FAQ

Some answers to your Questions

All of our services are confidential and private. Just like any medical office, when you arrive you will be given a copy of our notice of privacy practices as outlined by federal law.

Symptoms of pregnancy may vary as all women are not alike nor are pregnancies all alike. The most significant symptom is a missed menstrual cycle. Here are some common signs of pregnancy, but please be aware that there are other medical conditions that can cause these symptoms.

  • Missed Periods
  • Spotting
  • Tender Breasts
  • Fatigue/Tiredness
  • Nausea/Morning Sickness
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Frequent Urination
  • Darkening of Nipples
  • Food Cravings or Food Aversions
  • Dizziness
Suction Aspiration Abortion

This is a surgical abortion that is commonly performed from 4-12 weeks gestation. As the name implies, this procedure literally removes the embryo by suction.

Suction Curettage

This surgical abortion procedure requires the doctor to physically stretch open the cervix prior to using the suction machine to remove the embryo.

Dilation and Evacuation (Also Known as Dilation and Extraction)

This abortion procedure literally refers to the dilation of the cervix and the surgical evacuation of the contents of the uterus (the baby).

The Abortion Pill (RU486)

This drug is used for very early pregnancies to chemically cause an abortion. Please know that this method is not for everyone and, just like surgical abortions, there are significant health risk in using the abortion pill.

This is only a brief summary abortion procedures most commonly used today. More complete details will be given to you when you make your appointment with one of our qualified staff members.

As with any medical procedure, there are possible risks to any abortion procedure. Those risk include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus or uterine lining, damage to other internal organs, sepsis (total body infection caused by RU486), loss of future fertility and death. When you make your appointment, you will be given complete information on the health risks associated with abortion.

Make an appointment at PCC call 618-548-3111 or 618-532-3111 to talk about your personal situation.

Allow 45 minutes for the initial appointment.

All of our services are free of charge including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds to confirm viability of the pregnancy, and childbirth and parenting information.

If you are scheduled for a pregnancy testing, you will not need to bring anything with you. We will get a urine specimen from you after you arrive. If you’ve seen a doctor or had your pregnancy confirmed already, we may not have to repeat the test.

We encourage appointments, but walk-ins are accepted at all of our locations.

You will recieve the results during your pregnancy testing appointment.

Although a positive pregnancy test may be accurate, up to 1 in 3 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Having an ultrasound done can determine if you have a viable pregnancy (a pregnancy that will continue to full term) and how far along you are.

All of our services are provided free of charge. We can share resources with you and provide a proof of pregnancy form for your doctor and/or medicaid.

We use RefuAH one-step HCG pregnancy test that are 99% accurate.

No, all of our services are confidential. We will not share information with anyone, including your parents. If a parent calls or comes by the clinic, we will not confirm any information about you coming to the clinic, unless we have your permission to do so.

Yes, you can bring your boyfriend or friend with you to the clinic. We will talk with you one-on-one in the counseling room, but your boyfriend or friend will be able to join you in the counseling room later if you want.

According to a medical researchers recordings… approximately 30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. A miscarriage happens when a woman’s body cannot sustain a pregnancy. In a miscarriage, a woman may have cramping and bleeding. Eventually her body will expel the fetus. Occasionally surgery is important to know before you go through a surgical procedure like abortion.

*The Pregnancy Care Clinic does not provide abortion services or referrals, but we do provide accurate information on abortion that we hope we can share with you to help you make an informed decision.

*This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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