Is At-Home Abortion Safe?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you’ve likely heard the term “at-home abortion”. You may be wondering how it works, what your options are, and if it’s the right choice for you. 

It’s crucial to get all the facts, so you can make a fully informed decision. In this blog, we’ll explore at-home abortions—including how they work and if they’re safe, legal, and right for you. Keep reading to learn more! 

How Does an At-Home Abortion Work? 

An at-home abortion is exactly what it sounds like—an abortion done at home. Some women attempt at-home abortions by ingesting a mixture of herbs (more on that in a moment). Others take the abortion pill (also known as medication abortion). 

Although it’s called the abortion pill (singular), there are actually two pills in the abortion pill regimen: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

Mifepristone is taken first, usually in a clinic. This pill cuts the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to continue the pregnancy. The embryo stops growing without a steady supply of progesterone.

Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later at home. It causes the uterus to cramp and expel the embryo, which ends the pregnancy.

Are At-Home Abortions Legal?

Currently, abortion in California is legal up to viability[1]. However, you can’t take the abortion pill beyond 10 weeks of pregnancy (or 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period)[2]

Before an at-home abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at Pathway Health Clinic to determine how far along you are and to make sure the pregnancy is placed inside the uterus and not the fallopian tube. If not, this is called an ectopic pregnancy and requires immediate medical attention.

If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for the abortion pill, we will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!

Are At-Home Abortions Safe?

At-home abortions are not without risk. After taking the abortion pill, you could experience severe side effects, such as: 

  • Hemorrhaging. It’s normal to bleed for a while after taking the abortion pill. However, if you soak through two full-size sanitary pads per hour, for two or more hours, you could be hemorrhaging[3].
  • Anaphylactic Shock. You could go into anaphylactic shock if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in misoprostol[4].
  • Incomplete abortion. Incomplete abortions occur when some pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after misoprostol has been taken. You may need emergency surgery to remove the remaining tissue and prevent an infection[5]
  • Infection. If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever for more than 24 hours after taking the second medication, an infection may have developed. You may need antibiotics or even surgery to treat your condition[5].

Herbal abortions are also incredibly dangerous. You may have seen videos on social media talking about how easy and convenient they are. However, there isn’t enough scientific evidence available to suggest that they actually work. Additionally, medical professionals warn that they can cause permanent infertility, significant sickness, organ failure, and even death[6]

Abortion Information in Vista, CA

We get it—an unplanned pregnancy can leave you feeling desperate. Many of us at Pathway Health Clinic have been there ourselves. It’s our mission to help you protect your health and make a safe, informed decision! We provide abortion information, free pregnancy services, and a nonjudgmental space to explore your options and process your emotions. 

Schedule your free appointment today. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to you!

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. Your Legal Right to an Abortion. California Abortion Access. (2023). https://abortion.ca.gov/your-rights/your-legal-right-to-an-abortion/index.html 
  2. FDA. (2023, September 1). Questions and Answers on Mifeprex. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprex  
  3. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016, May 16). Mifepristone (Mifeprex). MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a600042.html 
  4. Shin, Hyun Joo, et al. “Anaphylactic Shock to Vaginal Misoprostol: A Rare Adverse Reaction to a Frequently Used Drug.” PubMed Central (PMC), 9 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137020
  5. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, July 29). Medical Abortion. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687
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Late-Term Abortion: Procedures, Risks, Pain, and More

If you’re further along in your pregnancy, you may be wondering if abortion is still an option for you. Is it safe when you’re farther along? Is it more painful than early-term abortion? It may feel like you have too many questions and not enough time.

Take a deep breath. Pathway Health Clinic is here to help! In this blog, we’re exploring late-term abortion, so you can make an informed and empowered decision! Keep reading to learn more! 

What is Late-Term Abortion?

Late-term abortion refers to an abortion that is performed during the second trimester (14 to 26 weeks) or third trimester (27 to 40 weeks) of pregnancy.

Late-term abortions are rare, but they do happen. In 2021, 5.7% of abortions in the United States were performed between 14 to 20 weeks. 0.9% were performed at or beyond 21 weeks[1]

Are Late-Term Abortions Legal in California?

Currently, abortion is legal up until viability in California[2]. Viability refers to the point in pregnancy when a fetus is developed enough to survive outside the womb with medical help. Viability occurs at approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy[3]

Before an abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at Pathway Health Clinic to confirm how far along you are. We will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!

How are Late-Term Abortions Performed?

There are two late-term abortion procedures: dilation and evacuation (D&E) and labor induction abortion. The one you receive depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. 

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

Dilation and evacuations (D&E) are performed after 13 weeks and up to 24 weeks of pregnancy[4]. To begin, the doctor will dilate (open) the cervix, which can be done in one of three ways[4]

  • The day before the procedure, the doctor inserts sponge-like sticks into the cervix. Over time, they will absorb moisture, expand, and open the cervix.
  • Shortly before the procedure, the doctor gives you medication to soften the cervix. 
  • Shortly before the procedure, the doctor inserts and removes metal rods to expand the cervix.

Once dilation is complete, the doctor will use forceps to remove the fetus and placenta. This procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes[4].

Labor Induction Abortion

Labor induction abortions are performed after 16 weeks of pregnancy[5]

To begin, the doctor will numb your abdomen with a painkiller. They will then inject either digoxin or potassium chloride through your abdomen. This injection will travel through the uterus and into the amniotic fluid and fetus to stop the fetal heartbeat[5]

Next, the doctor will administer medication to start contractions, which will cause your cervix to dilate. Finally, misoprostol is taken to make the uterus cramp and expel the fetus, completing the abortion[5].

Is Late-Term Abortion Safe?

Both forms of late-term abortion come with risks and side effects, including: 

  • Nausea and vomiting[5]
  • Fever and chills[5]
  • Diarrhea[5]
  • Abdominal pain[5]
  • Heavy bleeding[4;5]
  • Tears in the wall of the uterus[4;5]
  • Injuries to the cervix[4;5]
  • Infection[4;5]
  • Failed induction[4;5]

If the induction fails, you may need a dilation and evacuation to complete the procedure[4;5]. It should also be noted that late-term abortion can be painful. Studies have found that women who received late-term abortions experienced more pain than they expected during their procedures[6]

Get the Facts on Late-Term Abortion at Pathway Health Clinic 

We understand. Considering a late-term abortion may feel overwhelming and lonely. Pathway Health Clinic is a safe place to ask the hard questions, process your emotions, and get the care you deserve. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your health and future!

Schedule your free appointment today. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to you!

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. Abortion Surveillance—Findings and Reports. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, November 21). https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm  
  2. Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom. (2019, May 31). https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Proclamation-on-Reproductive-Freedom.pdf 
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  5. Second Trimester Labor Induction Abortion. Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/adult-child-serv/informedconsent/michigans-informed-consent-for-abortion-law/procedures/second-trimester-labor-induction-abortion  
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Can Misoprostol Work Without Mifepristone?

Over the past few months, there’s been a legal battle over access to mifepristone (also known as Mifeprex), one of the drugs used in the abortion pill regimen. In response, some women have turned to misoprostol-only abortions. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and your state has been affected by the mifepristone ban, you may be wondering if a misoprostol-only abortion is the right choice for you.

In this article, we’ll explore how misoprostol-only abortions work, their risks and side effects, and help you take your next steps! Keep reading to learn more.

How Does a Misoprostol-Only Abortion Work?

Normally, two pills are taken in the abortion pill regimen. 

Mifepristone is taken first, which blocks the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. The embryo stops growing without a steady supply of progesterone. Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later, which causes the uterus to cramp, bleed, and expel the pregnancy. 

In a misoprostol-only abortion, you skip the mifepristone and take multiple doses of misoprostol instead. The dose you take depends on your gestational age. Misoprostol can only be taken through ten weeks gestation (or 70 days or less since the first day of the last period)[1].

Are Misoprostol Only Abortions Safe?

Although misoprostol alone can be used to induce an abortion, this method is not as effective as the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol[2]. Misoprostol can also cause severe side effects, such as[3]

  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Faster than normal heart rhythm (sinus tachycardia)
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Cuts or tears to the cervix (cervical laceration)
  • Uterine rupture 
  • Infection (caused by a uterine rupture)
  • Severe allergic reaction

It’s also important to note that not everyone can take misoprostol. Those who experience kidney disease, stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, heart or blood vessel problems, or dehydration should not take misoprostol, as it could worsen their conditions[4]. Speak to your doctor beforehand and never order misoprostol online without a prescription! 

Which is Safer: D&C or Misoprostol? 

If you’re not able to take misoprostol, you may be wondering if a dilation and curettage (D&C) is a better option. Unfortunately, D&Cs also come with serious risks, including:

Asherman’s Syndrome

Asherman’s Syndrome is a condition where scar tissue builds up inside the uterus[5]. Women who have had multiple D&Cs are at greater risk of developing Asherman’s Syndrome. In the first trimester, up to 13% of women develop the condition after a D&C. For women who have late-term abortions, the risk jumps to 30%[6]

Cervical Damage

The cervix can be torn during a D&C. The provider may have to administer medicine or stitch the wound to stop the bleeding[7].

 

Uterine Perforation 

The surgical tools used in a D&C may accidentally poke a hole in the uterus. The wound may be able to heal on its own, but if an organ is damaged, you may need surgery to treat it[7].

Explore Your Options at Pathway Health Clinic 

An unplanned pregnancy comes with a lot of overwhelming choices. Even one choice can feel like one too many. You don’t have to take this next step alone! Pathway Health Clinic is a safe, confidential place to explore your pregnancy options at your own pace. We’re here to help you make an informed and empowered decision. 

Give us a call at (760) 945-4673 or request an appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge! 

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. FDA. (2023, September 1). Questions and Answers on Mifeprex. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifepristone-medical-termination-pregnancy-through-ten-weeks-gestation 
  2. Schreiber, C. A., Creinin, M. D., Atrio, J., Sonalkar, S., Ratcliffe, S. J., & Barnhart, K. (2018, June 7). Mifepristone Pretreatment for the Medical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss. The New England Journal of Medicine. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29874535/  
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  5. Asherman’s Syndrome. Cleveland Clinic. (2022, January 8). Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16561-ashermans-syndrome 
  6. Smikle, C., Yarrarapu, S. N. S., & Khetarpal, S. (2023, July 24). Asherman Syndrome. National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448088/    
  7. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, October 19). Dilation and Curettage (D&C). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dilation-and-curettage/about/pac-20384910
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

Morning sickness. The universal pregnancy experience. Perhaps the mere mention of it made your stomach turn. You likely have a lot of questions—the biggest one being, how long will this last?


In this article, we’ll explore how long morning sickness lasts, how to alleviate your symptoms, and what to do in extreme cases. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is a condition that causes nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It’s very common, affecting up to 70% of women in the first trimester[1].  

Unfortunately, despite the name, it can occur at any point during the day[1]. Many women snack or sip ginger ale throughout the day to alleviate their symptoms[2].

What are the Symptoms of Morning Sickness?

Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are some of the most common symptoms of morning sickness[1]. Some women describe the feeling of morning sickness as[1]:

  • Hunger pains
  • Something stuck in their throat
  • Motion sickness or seasickness 
  • Reflux or heartburn 

Medical experts aren’t sure what causes morning sickness but believe it’s a combination of changes in[1]:

  • Metabolism
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Pregnancy hormones, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)

What Helps With Morning Sickness?

Fortunately, there are many ways to alleviate morning sickness at home. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can make all the difference in the world! Doctors suggest that you[1]:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Step outside for fresh air often and keep rooms well-ventilated.
  • Take all vitamins with food.
  • Eat a slice of toast or a few crackers first thing in the morning to settle your stomach.
  • Drink a carbonated beverage such as Ginger Ale to settle your stomach. 
  • Snack on protein-rich food between meals (such as cheese, yogurt, and peanut butter).
  • Keep snacks on hand when you leave the house.
  • Eat bland foods (such as dry toast, bananas, and applesauce). Avoid spicy, fatty foods.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages.

When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness can begin as early as six weeks of pregnancy, with most women experiencing it before nine weeks[1]. Typically, morning sickness feels the worst around 8 to 10 weeks, but this can vary[1]

How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

It depends. Usually, morning sickness only lasts for the first trimester, but symptoms can linger into the second trimester. In rare cases, morning sickness can last throughout the entire pregnancy[1].

On a day-to-day basis, morning sickness should only last for a short time, with occasional vomiting[1]. However, some women experience a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. Symptoms include[1]:

  • Nausea that lasts for several hours 
  • Inability to keep food or water down
  • Vomiting more than three times a day
  • Extreme weight loss (10 or more pounds)
  • Severe dehydration 

What to Do in Cases of Severe Morning Sickness

While morning sickness is normal, hyperemesis gravidarum should not go untreated. Prolonged nausea and vomiting can keep you from getting the nutrients you need and negatively affect the baby’s birth weight[1].

Reach out to your doctor right away if you think you may be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. You may need to receive medical treatment to replenish your fluids, as well as medication to alleviate the nausea[1]

How Long After Abortion Do Symptoms of Pregnancy Go Away?

Pregnancy symptoms won’t immediately stop after an abortion. One of the main side effects of the abortion pill is nausea, which can be severe[3]. If you take the wrong dosage, the nausea can last up to a week and you may need medical treatment to stop it[3]

If you’re considering abortion, it’s crucial to get all the facts. Pathway Health Clinic offers abortion information, so you can make the best decision for your health and future! 

Free Pregnancy Services in Vista, CA

Morning sickness is never fun, whether the pregnancy was planned or not. Pathway Health Clinic is here to provide the medical care and support you deserve! We offer:

  • Free pregnancy services
  • Community resources and referrals
  • A safe place to ask questions and process your emotions

Give us a call at (760) 945-4673 or request an appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge! 

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. Morning Sickness: When it Starts, Treatment & Prevention. Cleveland Clinic. (2023, April 5). https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16566-morning-sickness-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy   
  2. Morning Sickness. Mayo Clinic. (2022, September 28). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/morning-sickness/symptoms-causes/syc-20375254  
  3. Misoprostol (Oral Route). Mayo Clinic. (2023, February 1). https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/misoprostol-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20064805?p=1 
What is Plan B?

Even if you’re using protection, there’s always a chance that you could get pregnant. Perhaps you’ve turned to Plan B to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. But, what happens if Plan B fails? It’s crucial to understand your options so you can plan your next steps!

Today, we’re discussing Plan B — including how it works, the difference between Plan B and the abortion pill, and what to do if you still get pregnant after taking it. Keep reading to learn more!

How Does Plan B Work?

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception that lowers the risk of pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation. It’s often used when women accidentally forget to take their birth control, when their birth control fails (for example, condom slippage or breakage), or if they’ve experienced sexual assault[1]. It’s important to know that Plan B (and all other forms of emergency contraception) is only intended for backup use, not as a primary method of birth control[1].

Is Plan B an Abortion Pill? What’s the Difference?

While they seem similar, Plan B and the abortion pill are not the same things. The difference is that Plan B aims to keep you from getting pregnant in the first place, while the abortion pill ends a pregnancy that has already begun. 

If you have been sexually active in weeks prior to taking Plan B you may want to take a pregnancy test or even receive an ultrasound just to be certain that you’re not pregnant from a previous sexual encounter.

Can Plan B Cause Miscarriage?

While the goal of Plan B is to prevent pregnancy altogether, it can cause early miscarriage in rare cases[2]. This happens when the egg has already been fertilized but is prevented from implanting properly in the uterus. The embryo never has the chance to develop into a viable pregnancy and is eventually miscarried.  

How Effective is Plan B? When Can I Take Plan B? 

Plan B is most effective when taken as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. It will continue to reduce the risk of pregnancy for up to 120 hours (5 days)[1]

Does Plan B Have Side Effects?

Common side effects of Plan B include[1]:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cramps or abdominal pain 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Delayed period (up to a week), heavier bleeding during your next period, or bleeding between periods

These side effects should be mild and only last a few days. However, if you experience bleeding or spotting for longer than a week or severe lower abdominal pain three to five weeks after taking Plan B, contact your healthcare provider immediately, as these symptoms can indicate a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy has occurred[1].

What to Do if Plan B Fails

If your period is delayed for more than three to four weeks, it may be a sign that Plan B has failed[1]. The next step is to determine whether or not you’re pregnant. Consider scheduling a free pregnancy test and free ultrasound at Pathway Health Clinic! 

If your results come back positive, don’t panic. Our compassionate team is here to help you explore all of your pregnancy options so that you can make an informed and empowered decision! We will do everything we can to equip you to take your next steps with confidence!

Give us a call at (760) 945-4673 or request an appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge! 

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, June 3). Morning-after pill. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/morning-after-pill/about/pac-20394730#  
  2. Embryocidal Potential of Modern Contraceptives. AAPLOG. (2020, January 15). Retrieved from https://aaplog.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FINAL-CO-7-Embryocidal-Potential-of-Modern-Contraception-1.20.20.pdf
4 Reasons Why You Need to Get Tested for STDs

It’s an unfortunate fact that if you’re sexually active, you’ve likely been exposed to an STD. You may be thinking about getting tested, but, let’s be real—it can feel embarrassing. However, you should never feel ashamed for taking charge of your health! 

Today, we’re exploring 4 reasons why you need to get tested for STDs. Keep reading to learn more! 

  1. Not All STDs Have Symptoms

Many people don’t even realize they have an STD because they don’t experience any symptoms. For example, up to 75% of women with chlamydia are asymptomatic[1]. It’s very easy for infections to go unnoticed until a partner is diagnosed or if complications arise later on[2]

The sooner you get tested, the better. Certain infections, like HIV, are much easier to treat when caught early. Early intervention can decrease your risk of developing AIDS and other serious conditions[3]. Additionally, by getting tested and treated, you do your part to keep them from spreading to other people.

  1. They’re More Common Than You Think

STDs are quite common, especially among young people. In 2020 alone, more than half of reported STD cases were among teenagers and young adults from ages 15–24[4]. The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people has an STI[5]. If you’re sexually active, there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to an STD at some point, whether you realize it or not.

  1. They Can be Transmitted Through Different Forms of Contact

If you’ve never had vaginal intercourse, you may think you’re safe from STDs. However, some STDs can be spread through other forms of contact, such as anal sex, oral sex, or kissing:

  • Syphilis[6]
  • Oral herpes[7]
  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV)[8]
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)[9]

It’s worth getting tested even if you haven’t had any intimate sexual contact with your partner. This will help prevent any infections from spreading further and allow you both to get the care you need!

  1. They Can Cause Lasting Damage to Your Reproductive Health

When left untreated, certain STDs (such as gonorrhea and chlamydia) can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs[10]. PID is known to increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and even infertility[10].

PID can be treated when discovered early, but treatment can’t reverse the damage it’s already done. If you’ve had PID before, you’re at higher risk of getting it again. Additionally, it can return if you get reinfected with an STD.

How Often Should You Get Tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, it’s crucial to get tested regularly to protect your health! The CDC recommends that[11]:

  • Sexually active teens and adults (from age 13 onward) should be tested for HIV at least once a year.
  • Sexually active women should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia once a year, especially if they have multiple sex partners or a partner (whether past or present) who has tested positive for an STD.
  • Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, chlamydia, and gonorrhea early in pregnancy. Repeat testing may be needed in some cases. 

STD Testing and Treatment in Vista, CA

Looking for STD testing and treatment in Vista, CA? Look no further than Pathway Health Clinic! We offer confidential no and low-cost STD & STI testing and treatment, no insurance needed! 

Give us a call at (760) 945-4673 or request an appointment online today. 

Sources

  1. Patel, C. G., Trivedi, S., & Tao, G. (2018, September). The Proportion of Young Women Tested for Chlamydia Who Had Urogenital Symptoms in Physician Offices. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6823598/  
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, September 21). Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/symptoms-causes/syc-20351240# 
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2022, October 21). Early HIV diagnosis and treatment important for better long-term health outcomes. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/early-hiv-diagnosis-treatment-important-better-long-term-health-outcomes 
  4. National Overview of STDs, 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/overview.htm#Disparities 
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 18). Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates in the United States. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm 
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Syphilis – CDC Detailed Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis-detailed.htm# 
  7. Oral Herpes. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2021, August 8). Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/herpes-hsv1-and-hsv2/oral-herpes# 
  8. World Health Organization. (2022, March 10). Herpes simplex virus. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/herpes-simplex-virus# 
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm# 
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 18). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm# 
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, December 14). Which STD Tests Should I Get? Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm# 
How Abortion Affects Relationships

An unplanned pregnancy can put a lot of strain on your relationship. You and your partner may disagree on the ideal solution. Perhaps you’ve considered abortion in Vista, CA, and are wondering how it could affect your relationship.

Abortion is a major decision that can leave a lasting impact on you and your partner. It’s crucial to ask questions and get the facts so that you can make the best choice for your health, relationship, and future!

How Could Abortion Affect My Relationship?

Abortion affects everyone in different ways. Some couples manage to work through their emotions together and keep the relationship intact. For others, the experience can be too overwhelming, and they eventually break up. That being said, studies have found that abortion tends to have damaging effects on relationships.

For example, one study found that couples who experience abortion were more likely to fight about children and money[1]. Men whose partners had an abortion report feelings of jealousy and arguments about drugs[1]. Additionally, women who experienced abortion were more likely to experience sexual dysfunction and were put at greater risk for domestic abuse[1].

While it’s impossible to predict exactly how abortion will affect your relationship, it is often a negative turning point. It’s important to be aware of the emotional side effects of abortion and how both of you feel about the procedure before moving forward.

What are the Emotional Side Effects of Abortion?

Abortion can be shocking and painful, both physically and emotionally. Women may experience grief, anxiety, and depression after an abortion[2], immediately or years later. On the other hand, others feel relieved and find it easier to move on. 

However, things can still get complicated if you two have different opinions about the decision. If your partner wanted to be a parent, but you didn’t, it may be hard for him to understand your relief. If he wanted you to terminate the pregnancy, but you felt it was the wrong choice, he may not know how to support you through your grief. 

Whatever the case may be, abortion can cause a lot of intense emotions and complicate a relationship. This can make it even harder to understand your partner, process your own emotions, and work through your disagreements.

How Can We Work Through Our Disagreements? 

It can be difficult to navigate such a major decision, especially when big disagreements occur. 

Sometimes, an outside perspective can shed light on options you may not have considered. 

If you disagree, consider visiting Pathway Health Clinic to explore your pregnancy options together! We will do all we can to help you to come to a decision you both feel comfortable with, in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. 

Abortion Information in Vista, CA

This decision doesn’t have to derail your relationship. Pathway Health Clinic is here to help you find a solution together! Give us a call at (760) 945-4673 or request an appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge! 

Please be aware that Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services. 

Sources

  1. Coleman, P. K., Rue, V. M., & Coyle, C. T. (2009, March 26). Induced abortion and intimate relationship quality in the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19324381/ 
  1. Shuping, M., & Shaler, L. (2017). Abortion and Women’s Mental Health. CounselEd (3)11. https://www.scstatehouse.gov/CommitteeInfo/SenateMedicalAffairsCommittee/Shuping%20_Shaler_2017_Abortion_and_Mental_Health.pdf 
Why An Ultrasound is an Important Part of Your Decision Making

Finding out you are pregnant can be an overwhelming experience, especially if being pregnant is the last thing you want to be. You may feel like your life is spinning out of control when you see those two lines or a plus sign on the pregnancy test. You may ask yourself, “How can this happen?” “Didn’t I just have my period?”

If you are considering abortion as an option, you may think, “I need to take care of this immediately. I don’t want anyone to find out I’m pregnant”; however, there are important reasons; for your health and safety, you need to have your pregnancy confirmed by a medical professional and obtain an ultrasound before you make ANY decision.

Let’s start with a pregnancy test. Medical clinics, like Pathway Health Clinic, use medical-grade pregnancy tests. Those tests are checked daily to ensure they have not expired, and every new box undergoes a control test to ensure the tests are accurate. Although buying a pregnancy test over the counter is common, you don’t know how long that test has been sitting on the shelf and if it’s still accurate. At Pathway Health Clinic, only licensed medical professionals administer and read the pregnancy tests. Sometimes a pregnancy test can show a very faint positive, which may be hard to see. There can be many reasons for this, and a medical professional will cover this with you. Additionally, pregnancy tests left sitting too long while testing can provide unreliable results. Our medical professionals are trained to deal with all of these scenarios.

Let’s move on to the importance of ultrasound. There are three critical reasons that it is in YOUR best interest to have an ultrasound before making ANY decision.

  1. Only an ultrasound can give you accurate dating for your pregnancy. An ultrasound determines how far along your pregnancy is. If you are considering abortion as an option, you need to know this information. RU486, the abortion pill, is only approved for use up to 10 weeks (72 days) gestation. If you are past that date and still considering abortion, you will have to undergo a surgical abortion.
  2. Only an ultrasound will show if your pregnancy is located in the uterus. Sometimes a pregnancy can implant in the fallopian tube, which is called a tubal ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy requires immediate medical attention due to the risk of the fallopian tube rupturing and causing internal bleeding[1].
  3. An ultrasound will show if there is viability (a heartbeat). Approximately 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage[2]. Many miscarriages occur before someone knows that they are pregnant. Depending on when the miscarriage happened, a pregnancy test will still show a positive. Ultrasound will reveal if there is a heartbeat. If you are considering abortion, and it appears you are going to miscarry, at that point, an abortion is not necessary. If we at Pathway, based on ultrasound findings, suspect a miscarriage; we will provide you with miscarriage precautions and advise you to seek medical attention.  

We get it; an unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming, scary, and emotional. However, the patient care team at Pathway Health Clinic believes that YOUR health and safety are essential and that YOU deserve the most accurate information you can receive.

We believe you are smart and can make your own decisions, we want to give you all the information you need in that decision making process.

Our pregnancy services are always at no cost because your present finances should never get in the way of obtaining medical care.

*Pathway Health Clinic neither refers nor provides abortion services


[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/symptoms-causes/syc-20372088

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/symptoms-causes/syc-20354298#:~:text=About%2010%20to%2020%20percent,even%20know%20about%20a%20pregnancy.

Four Tips When Looking for an Abortion in Vista, California

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by a lot of emotions, including negative ones. These initial negative emotions are common for all women, including women planning to become pregnant. We want you to know you are not alone.

Often due to your relationship status, or lack thereof, finances, career, or simply bad timing, you feel unsupported or unable to achieve your goals and be pregnant, which is why you may find yourself searching for abortion options in California.

Before you make an abortion decision, we want to encourage you to seek out these four abortion tips:

  • Get testing done:

Before you book an abortion appointment, it’s essential to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. An ultrasound will confirm that the pregnancy is located within the uterus, detect a heartbeat, and determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. You will need to know how far along you are if you’re considering abortion because abortion types are determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy.

  • Talk to a medical professional:

Talking through a procedure with a medical professional who has your best interest in mind is always a good idea. Having answers to what the procedure will be like, the risks, and how long the recovery process matters because this is your health, and your health is essential! In addition, understanding what happens during an abortion will help you make an informed decision. 

  • Check the clinics in your area:

It’s always a good idea to do a clinic check before you make an appointment. It’s smart to look at the reviews and research any issues they may have had recently.

  • Get affordable care:

Where can you find affordable care? Why not come to Pathway Health Clinic? All of our services are at no cost and confidential. Additionally, we can do a pre-abortion screening in which you will get a pregnancy test and ultrasound (if you’re far enough along), as well as be able to speak with a nurse and a trained staff member to discuss all your options. Although we do not refer or provide abortions, we can help you figure out your next best step.

You don’t have to walk this journey alone; we are here for you. At Pathway Health Clinic, YOU MATTER. Call 760.945.4673 to make your appointment today.

Casual Relationships

We all know about casual relationships. The Netflix and Chill epidemic has taken over and made an impact on society. This includes many of you reading this now. In 2018, we are very much in a culture that dictates fast-paced living. We want everything at our fingertips. Working for anything seems like a distant memory of the past. As easy as it is to find a partner to hook up with, you have to wonder if the ‘hook up’ culture is as easy as it seems? Is it really easier sleeping with those whom you have ‘no strings attached’ or is there more to it?

According to the CDC (2017), “half of the nearly 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people, between the ages of 15-24” (CDC, 2017, Sexual Risk Behaviors). It can be easy to stay in the now and assume that you will not be included in these numbers. But actually, people are not always honest about their former relationships. Additionally, they also may exaggerate or downgrade how many people they have slept with . . . no matter how much you think you know them. It may be weird to ask your partner about their previous relationships, but it may just save you from a lifetime of doctors’ visits and medication. Pregnancy used to be the main concern when it came to hookups, especially in a world where contraception is so heavily pushed to the public; however, STDs are slowly taking the lead for the worst con of unprotected sex.

While casual relationships may seem exciting there are many health risks associated with ‘hooking up’. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more or simply needed our services. Give us a call for a confidential appointment. It’s never too late to be informed or ask questions about your body. You are in control of your choices, take charge and learn to educate yourself no matter how hard it may be.

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Reference

Adolescent and School Health. (2017, August 04). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/