Frequently Asked Questions

What Does My Appointment Cost?

It costs you nothing! All of our services and support at Etowah Pregnancy Testing Center are completely free and confidential. Find the help you need today at our center.

Do I Need An Ultrasound?

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound confirms vital details of your pregnancy so you can know how to move forward. An ultrasound verifies three things, including:

  1. How far along you are in your pregnancy 
  2. The viability of your pregnancy (if there is a heartbeat/growing)
  3. The location of your pregnancy (if it’s growing within your uterus or not)

If you are considering abortion, it is vital that you receive an ultrasound first to identify your exact gestation and avoid unnecessary health risks. An ultrasound can alert you to any health complications as well.

When Do I Take A Pregnancy Test?

Pregnancy tests are normally accurate when done correctly. The best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after your missed period for the most accurate result. To be sure of your pregnancy test results, come in for a free lab-quality pregnancy test and learn your next steps.

What are the Risks of Surgical Abortion?

Just like medication abortion, surgical abortion comes with serious risks. According to Medline Plus, common risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing

What are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Also known as medication abortion, the abortion pill comes with major risks to consider before deciding on this pregnancy option. Some common risks include:

  • Incomplete abortion – may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever