Downers Grove. It’s a pleasant community. A nice place to live. A typical, comfortable American suburb in Chicagoland. It offers good services and resources to its residents. It’s full of friendly and typical people, living good lives. Just like you. Sometimes, however, unexpected things happen, and you may be looking for services you’d not paid a lot of attention to before. We wrote recently about our free pregnancy clinic services for Downers Grove residents. Today, we were reminded that many women are specifically looking for information about medication abortion, and we could have provided more information to help them.
If you have found yourself suddenly confronting an unintended pregnancy, and are beginning to think about medication abortion in Downers Grove, perhaps we can help you. For more information, please contact us.
Avenue Women’s Center is here to offer you assistance as your “first step” in navigating through an unplanned pregnancy. Depending on exactly where you are in Downers Grove, our Glen Ellyn or our Naperville location would probably be most convenient for you. Most Downers Grove residents report that they can reach us in less than 20 minutes!
In addition to confirming whether or not you are indeed pregnant with our free, medical-grade pregnancy test, we are ready to walk with you along the path of making the best decisions for your unique situation. We understand that when a woman is weighing her options, having a caring, confidential, supportive advocate by her side is priceless. We are here to provide that support to you.
Here are a few basic facts that we hope will be helpful for your research into medication abortion:
- Medication abortion is approved by the FDA for a woman up until 10 weeks of pregnancy. Estimates about how far along you are can be made using the first day of your last menstrual period.
- An ultrasound is required to accurately date the pregnancy. (The ultrasound may also indicate whether this is a viable pregnancy or if it might end on its own through miscarriage. This is the case for one in 5 or 6 pregnancies. If the ultrasound reveals this as a possibility, you may be able to avoid the expense and complications of the abortion entirely. Good to know!).
- Two separate pills are taken for a medication abortion. The first stops the pregnancy from growing. The second is typically taken 24 to 48 hours after the first pill. This one causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy.
- A final doctor’s appointment is needed to be certain that none of the contents of the uterus remain.
As noted above, there is often value to utilizing ultrasound. To discuss the option of ultrasound in your situation, please reach out to us. As with our other services, women are invited to take the information they receive and move forward in whatever direction they decide is best for their situation. We are dedicated to providing a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment for everyone we serve.
We hope this extra information has been useful if you are beginning to consider medication abortion in Downers Grove. Please remember that we are nearby, and would consider it our privilege to assist you with your pregnancy questions and concerns. You can reach us by phone, text, email or chat.The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.