Your Best First Step Before Visiting An Abortion Clinic in Portsmouth
Are you currently considering an abortion? We specialize in offering you a free comprehensive abortion consultation so you can make a confident, fully informed decision. The Portsmouth Keim Center has served thousands of women in our community and we understand that your choice regarding your pregnancy can be difficult. In fact, we recognize this may be one of the most important decisions of your life. Same-day appointments available so you can be seen right away in your time of need; the choice is yours, but we can help.
Before scheduling your appointment with an abortion clinic, here are some questions to consider:
Am I Sure I’m Pregnant?
A single positive pregnancy test alone should never be used in determining an abortion decision, as 15-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Additionally, some pregnancies occur outside of the uterus, also known as an ectopic pregnancy, and due to these potential complications, an abortion may not be needed.
Did you know that the state of Virginia legally requires individuals to receive an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion? The Portsmouth Keim Center offers FDA-approved laboratory-grade pregnancy tests and reviews your results with you, all at no cost. If your test is positive, we may recommend an ultrasound that we can provide at our Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Chesapeake office. The ultrasound is necessary to confirm a viable uterine pregnancy, cardiac activity, and how far along you are. For your health and safety, we also provide you with a list of important questions to ask the abortion provider prior to your procedure.
What Abortion Options Are There?
The different abortion options available to you are based on how far along you are in your pregnancy. This can be determined by an ultrasound, which is provided at our Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake locations at no cost.
Types of abortion procedures include:
- Methotrexate (MTX)
- Abortion Pill / Mifeprex / Mifepristone (RU-486)
- Suction Dilation and Curettage (Suction D&C)
- Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
- Dilation and Extraction (D&X) / Intact Dilation and Extraction (IDE)
- Intra-cardiac Injection
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is among the most common abortion procedures. With the abortion pill, there are two steps. First, you take a pill called mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing by blocking your body’s progesterone. After taking mifepristone, you then take misoprostol within 48 hours, which induces a similar experience to a heavy period and is like a miscarriage. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Will the Abortion Pill Work for Me?
The abortion pill’s effectiveness depends on how far along in your pregnancy you are. This is determined by an ultrasound that we can provide to you at no cost at our Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Chesapeake office. If you’re thinking the abortion pill or are unsure what options might be best for you, set up a same-day appointment today to speak to one of our licensed medical professionals.
The Portsmouth Keim Center Is Committed to You
At the Portsmouth Keim Center, we provide a safe and comfortable environment for you by thoroughly screening and training all our staff. Our patients are treated with kindness and compassion, always receiving honest and open answers from our all-women staff. We also respect your privacy. Patient information is held in strict confidence, and all communication is handled with the utmost discretion.
How Much Will My Appointment Cost?
All our services are available at no charge – with no strings attached. You will never receive an invoice for services provided at The Keim Centers. We don’t ask for insurance information and we don’t have a billing department. We receive no financial gain from your decision. The Keim Centers can provide services at no cost to you because we’re a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. There are local individuals, foundations, and organizations that help cover these costs because they believe in helping women.
If you’re currently facing a mistimed pregnancy and are unsure of what to do, schedule a free same-day appointment with our Portsmouth office. During your visit, you will receive support from not only a licensed medical professional but also a caring patient advocate. No matter your decision, we want to be a part of your journey and be there to support you.
We’re All About Community
The Keim Centers are all about community. In the past couple of years, we’ve attended multiple events in Portsmouth, including:
- Hampton Roads Community Health Fair
- Tidewater Community College Campus Takeover (2018 & 2019)
- Cradock Festival