Before Your Appointment
Your health and well-being are our top priorities.
It’s your pregnancy, your future, and your decision. We care about you and want to help you make a fully informed choice because an empowered decision is an informed decision.
If you are unsure about the answer to any of the questions, come in and talk with one of our staff or medical personnel.
You can also check the standards, state laws, and safety records of clinics in and around Yakima. www.checkmyclinic.org
Has your pregnancy been confirmed?
Even if you've had a positive pregnancy test, you will need an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy, determine how far along you are, and rule out an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. You should also verify your HCG levels before booking an abortion appointment. As many as 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, and more than 80% of miscarriages occur in the first three months of pregnancy.
Does the clinic require an ultrasound verification before an abortion? How much does it cost?
An ultrasound can cost an additional $200-$400 dollars if it’s not covered by insurance. Life Choices Pregnancy Medical Center offers obstetric ultrasounds free of charge.
Do you know if the clinic has a doctor on staff or if the procedure is performed by medical personnel?
If you live in or near Yakima and are trying to obtain an abortion, Washington state laws require a doctor to perform a surgical abortion. Learn more about your legal rights and how clinics are regulated.
Have you been tested recently for STDs/STIs?
An untreated infection can cause major complications if not treated prior to an abortion. We offer free testing and treatment for the two most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your safety matters. Know for sure.
Have you received abortion education about the abortion pill and the types of surgical abortions?
We believe an empowered decision is an informed decision. At your first appointment, we provide accurate information on abortion types and procedures and will walk through all your pregnancy options.
What are the clinic’s proceedings in the event of a complication or emergency?
Abortion is a serious medical procedure. Take the time to ask questions about what would happen in the event of an emergency or if medical complications arise. Learn more about clinics and any safety issues ahead of time.
Are you aware of possible complications associated with the abortion procedure? Have you been informed of possible emotional side-effects after an abortion?
Life Choices provides medical consultations free of charge with one of our nurses during your ultrasound exam. Take the time you need to share your health history and ask any questions you may have about complications, side-effects and even discuss how you may feel after your abortion. We care about you as a whole - your physical, mental and emotional health.
Do you know what options are available to you if the abortion fails?
On occasion, there are incomplete abortions. Find out what steps you need to take and don’t be afraid to seek emergency help right away. You can also learn more about the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. If you decide to continue the pregnancy, reversal is possible if you have only taken the first dose of the abortion pill.