Health Information

Abortion

There are 2 types of abortion procedures, medical and surgical. It is important to know the procedures and associated risks of each. We can provide evidence-based medical education as well as offer low-cost ultrasound to establish gestational age and viable pregnancy.

Medical Abortion:

This type of abortion is commonly referred to as the “abortion pill”. It is a set of two different medications (RU-486 and Cytotec) taken 24 to 48 hours apart. The medications block the hormones that are necessary for the life and growth of the embryo, and then cause the uterus to cramp and expel the embryo and placenta. It typically requires several clinic visits.*

Surgical Abortion:

Surgical abortions are performed by dilating the cervix and using either suction, scraping of the inside of the uterus with a curette, or a combination of both to remove the fetus and placenta. Other instruments such as forceps may be used, and dismemberment of the fetus may be necessary for removal.*

* www.dph.georgia.gov (Abortion: A Woman’s Right to Know)

Prior to an abortion decision it is important to verify that the pregnancy is inside the uterus, and to know the gestational age of the fetus. This is done utilizing ultrasound, which is available at reduced cost. It is also important to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can increase risks during abortion.



Abortion Pill Reversal

Many women who have taken the abortion pill experience regret. If this describes your situation, you are not alone, and there is help for you.   Abortion Pill Reversal is a medical procedure available to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and possibly save the life of your child.  The Abortion Pill Reversal procedure is designed to reverse the effects of the first abortion pill medication (mifepristone). This procedure is currently reported to have led to 200 births. Progesterone, the medication used in the Abortion Pill Reversal process, has no known health risks for the mother or the baby. Progesterone has been safely used to support pregnancies for almost sixty years. Call 877-558-0333 to talk to a nurse now.



Adoption

Choosing to parent your baby through adoption is a loving, courageous decision. Today, the laws of Georgia enable you to choose the adoption plan that fits you best, whether it be an open adoption allowing communication with your child, semi-open adoption or closed adoption. You, as the birth mom, have the right to choose the family that will best fit the goals you have for your child. Obria Medical Clinics offers you the resources to help you in this journey as well as a place to set up your initial interview with an adoption agency’s caseworker. Make an appointment today to discuss your options and receive the resources to help you make the best decision for you and your baby. We are not an adoption agency and do not benefit financially from the decision you make. We support you and advocate for your needs.



Birth Control

There are many types of contraception available to prevent pregnancy. Abstinence is the only method that is 100% effective for preventing pregnancy and avoiding sexually transmitted infections. We would be happy to provide education about birth control methods during your consultation with a nurse. We do not promote any method other than abstinence and Natural Family Planning, and do not provide birth control.

Emergency contraception (the “morning-after pill”) is taken to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex or after condom failure. It is not the same thing as the “abortion pill”. Several brands are available over-the-counter. Ella is a prescription medication that must be prescribed by a medical doctor. These medications are most effective if taken in the first 24 hours after intercourse but none are 100% effective. It is important to remember that emergency contraception is not to be used for routine birth control, does NOT offer any protection from STDs, and has many risks.* We will share evidence-based medical education during your appointment for pregnancy testing and nurse consultation at no charge.

*Mayo Clinic: Morning After Pill; www.planbonestep.com



Partner Information

An unplanned pregnancy involves life-changing decisions. As the father of the baby, you are already involved and have choices to make and challenges to consider. Many men have been taught that it’s the woman’s “right to choose”, but that doesn’t meant that she doesn’t want your support. She simply wants to know you care. Obria Medical Clinics will help you navigate this unknown territory and give you the resources to help you support your partner. Make an appointment today to meet with one of our Patient Care Advocates.



Pregnancy Symptoms

Some signs and symptoms that may indicate pregnancy include:

  • Missed period
  • Swollen and tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Bloating
  • Moodiness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting*

Please contact us to schedule a nurse consultation and pregnancy testing at no charge if you believe you may be pregnant.

*Mayo Clinic: Symptoms of Pregnancy



Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are bacterial infections that are spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person and result in infection of the genitals, rectum, or throat. These are commonly found in young men and women age 15-24. Any sexually active person could potentially contract these STDs, and may not be aware of their infection because there may be no symptoms present. Both of these STDs can be cured with antibiotic treatment. Untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. This may cause permanent damage to the reproductive system and lead to infertility, long-term pelvic pain, and increased risk for ectopic (outside the uterus) pregnancy, which can be life-threatening. *

*www.cdc.gov

We offer testing for two of the most common STDs, chlamydia and gonorrhea, with a simple, low-cost urine test. If you are sexually active and would like to be screened for these common infections, please let us assist you.

  • For women with a positive pregnancy test that are considering abortion as an option, it is important to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Having any type of abortion procedure while infected can lead to serious complications and possible damage to the reproductive organs.
  • Women and men that are sexually active should be screened for sexually transmitted disease even if they do not have symptoms.