3 Things Needed Before Abortion?

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be daunting, scary, and overwhelming. If you are unsure of your first steps in making a plan, read this article for recommendations on the next health screenings to take.

Pregnancy Testing

If you have been relying on timing and common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea or fatigue, taking a pregnancy test can eliminate any potential what-ifs and give you more confidence as you make a plan.

At Crossroads Women’s Center, we offer no-cost lab-quality pregnancy tests. We also help you calculate the pregnancy test timing based on your last missed period. 


An ultrasound should be your next step if your pregnancy test reads positive. This step can verify that the pregnancy is located in the uterus. When the embryo implants outside the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition, so it needs to be diagnosed early. Ectopic pregnancy can not be treated with abortion.

Additionally, an ultrasound will inform you of a pregnancy’s viability. According to the National Library of Medicine, up to 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Miscarriage may not need treatment or might need intervention from a medical provider. An ultrasound will date the pregnancy and determine the viability.

STD Testing

Getting tested and seeking treatment for a sexually transmitted disease before an abortion is an excellent way to reduce the risk of complications.

Pelvic infections are the most common complication of elective abortion, so reducing this risk can protect your health.

The good news is that most STDs are very treatable, especially if detected early. Crossroads Women’s Center offers no-cost STD testing and can provide treatment as an STD comes back positive.

Next Steps

It’s easy to feel alone or overwhelmed when facing an unplanned pregnancy, but we are here to empower you with information and options.

At Crossroads Women’s Center, we offer no-cost pregnancy services so you can prioritize your health and safety. Schedule your appointment today!