Unexpectedly pregnant and unsure of what to do?
You have come to the right place.
Our staff is trained to assist you in this uncertain time.
At Pathway Health Clinic, we understand that life doesn’t always go as planned. Our compassionate staff of nurses, sonographers, and patient advocates are here to provide information that will allow you to make a confident decision.
Why we are different – We care for you!
Most abortion facilities charge for their pregnancy confirmation services and push for services that profit them. But at Pathway Health Clinic, although we neither prefer for nor refer for abortions, all of the services that we do offer are free, regardless of insurance. Pathway provides a confidential place to confirm your pregnancy with a quick and comfortable ultrasound exam, even if you may be very early in your pregnancy. While ultrasounds typically determine what abortion procedure you may be able to receive (and its’ cost), our appointments also include an unhurried nurse consultation to go over all of your questions and options. For your health and safety, there are things you need to know before scheduling your abortion. Your health is our primary concern.
Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?
Getting an ultrasound before an abortion is necessary to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. This indicates what type of abortion you can have and verifies your pregnancy. An ultrasound can also determine if your body is preparing for a miscarriage or if your pregnancy is ectopic, requiring immediate medical attention.
What tests are done before an abortion?
You should have medical-grade pregnancy testing in a clinic like Pathway’s to verify a pregnancy
What happens during an abortion?
This depends on the type of abortion you recieve. If you get a chemical abortion (also known as the abortion pill), you will be taking two different medications. One pill stops the pregnancy, and the other pill essentially causes early labor, expelling the pregnancy from your body.
Surgical procedures vary pending gestational age. During a more common surgical abortion procedure, a doctor must insert a speculum to examine your uterus. Your cervix will be stretched open with dilators either before or during the procedure. Next, the doctor will insert a tube through the cervix into the uterus, which is attached to a suction device. This will empty the uterus.
Although we neither refer nor provide abortion services, our licensed nurse will be more than happy to discuss abortion risks and procedures with you and answer all your questions.
Do abortions hurt?
Pain and discomfort levels vary from woman to woman. Some women experience the physical side effects of severe cramping, fever, vomiting, chills, etc.
Additionally, studies show that there are emotional and psychological side effects, but these may not present themselves until much later.
What are the side effects of an abortion?
- Intense cramping
- Bleeding heavier than a period
- Mild fever
- Hot flashes
More severe side effects, which need medical attention:
- An allergic reaction to the medication
- An incomplete abortion
- Severe pain
- Fever greater than 100 degrees
- Passing blood clots for two or more hours that are equal or larger than the size of a lemon
- Strong smelling vaginal discharge
- Excessive bleeding, using two or more pads in an hour
Fill out the form below to request an appointment or get more information
1830 Hacienda Drive, Suite 8 | Vista, CA
Our services are provided to clients without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability, or other arbitrary circumstances. In keeping with our non-profit, pro-woman mission, Pathway Health Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services.
Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved