What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
The most common symptoms are nausea, swollen breasts, being tired or dizzy, as well as having to urinate frequently.
Many women don’t experience any symptoms until after they have missed their period or are at least a week or two along. Every woman’s body is different and you may have different symptoms. Although pregnancy could be a reason for missing a period, it could also be caused by illness, travel, worry or stress. The only way to be sure is to have a pregnancy test.
How accurate is your pregnancy test?
Our test is a urine-based test, and is about 99% accurate. Other tests may vary in their accuracy.
What is the Morning After Pill (sometimes called “emergency contraception”) and are there any risks in taking it?
The morning after pill is an abortifacient—a drug that causes the uterus to shed its lining and abort any baby forming there. Some of the possible side effects of this drug are fatigue, irregular bleeding, abdominal pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and possible blood clot formation. If you are under 18, you must have a prescription in order to obtain the morning after pill.
What are the risks involved with an abortion?
Abortion has many risks to your body, mind and spirit. If you are considering an abortion, please take the time to explore all of your options.
Possible physical consequences:
- Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS)
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Possible mental consequences:
- Feelings of guilt, anxiety, depression, shame, and grief
- Thoughts of suicide
- Re-experiencing the abortion
- Fear of not being able to get pregnant again
- Survival guilt
Many women do not experience grief and other side-effects until months after and often wish that they could go back and "undo" the abortion. Most of these things are not typically talked about because of the extreme guilt felt by these women.
The fact that 43% of all women have experienced abortion is a good reference. While a woman may initially feel relief, the forever pain of being a mother of a dead child has long outlasted any initial relief.
Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States, www.issues4life.org/pdfs/news_20080701a.pdf
Can abortion cause permanent damage?
Yes, abortion can cause many types of permanent damage to the mother. One woman said: "I never realized that the abortion could make me unable to have a baby." Not only can women die during abortion procedures, but they can also be hurt incredibly. An abortion can weaken the uterine lining, causing the placenta to tear away—a condition called “placenta previa.” This is common in post-abortive women.
Do abortion clinics offer education on abortion processes?
By law, in Minnesota, abortion clinics are required to offer you true education about abortions. However, as lawsuits have shown, this does not always happen. Abortion clinics are selling a service and history has shown that it is possible that the abortion clinic may provide you with incorrect information in order to obtain your abortion fee.
This is not only true in Minnesota. Carol Everett is a woman who used to provide abortion services in Texas. She testified in front of Congress that she sold abortions to women who were not pregnant but were afraid that they were.
For the best medical input on abortions, we recommend that you speak with a medical professional that has nothing to gain by you having an abortion. We have listings of such medical professionals available at our Center. Please contact us today.
Is it legal for me to have sex with someone older than me?
According to Minnesota state law, if you are less than 13 years old, and your partner is more than 3 years older than you, it is illegal and considered statutory rape. And if you are older than 13 (and under 18), having sexual relations with a partner more than 2 years older, it is also illegal.
Will you tell anyone about my visit to your center?
All our services are confidential which means we won’t tell your parents, friends, etc. that you visited us and won’t contact you without your permission. We are here to help you!