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It’s My Choice. Except…

Abortion. It’s a woman’s choice, right? Legally, yes.

But what if you aren’t sure that abortion is the right choice for you – and someone else thinks it is?

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It is illegal for someone to force or coerce you into having an abortion. It’s your choice. If you feel pressured, there is help.

Are you feeling pressured to have an abortion? Know that in Wisconsin, you have the legal right to make a decision about your pregnancy, even if you are a minor. No one – not your parents or your boyfriend or husband or anyone else – can force you to have an abortion.

Wisconsin state law requires that you voluntarily agree to the abortion in writing. It is illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if someone has forced you to agree to it.

Someone might be telling you that you have to end the pregnancy. You might be concerned for your safety if you decide to continue your pregnancy. Or perhaps your parents or the father of your baby has told you that they’ll kick you out if you do not have an abortion.

Or the pressure may be more subtle. Maybe your boyfriend will leave you. Or he hasn’t said he’ll leave, but he’s made it clear he does not want the baby.

Maybe a friend thinks that abortion is the best choice for you. After all, what about school or your other plans?

Perhaps your parents are reminding you that raising a child can be expensive – and finances are already tight.

Whether the pressure you feel is subtle or is potentially dangerous, you do not have to have an abortion if you don’t want to. And you don’t have to walk through this alone.

Know that there is help available. If you want someone to talk to, call or text us today. We can help you sort out your thoughts and support you if you’re feeling pressured.

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You may wonder:

  • Will my boyfriend leave me?
  • How will I take care of a baby if my parents or family aren’t supportive?
  • Where will I live if I can’t stay where I am now?
  • What will my friends think?
  • What about school or my other plans?

If you are feeling pressured to have an abortion in Madison, Wisconsin, call or text us at 608-259-1605 today. We’re here to listen and help you.

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Help! I Might Need the Morning After Pill

What is emergency contraception? How does it work? When can I take it? How effective is it?

What’s the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill?

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Birth control failure
Concerned about the condom breaking or forgetting to take the pill?

If you’ve had unprotected sex questions like these may be swirling through your mind. Or you might be wondering these things if the condom broke or you forgot to take your regular birth control. These questions can be hard to sort through.

The morning after pill and the abortion pill are not the same thing, but are often confused. If you’re wondering what they are or what the differences are between the morning after pill and the abortion pill, keep reading.

What is the morning after pill?

  • The morning after pill is often referred to by the brand name that started it, Plan B®.
  • It’s a drug intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
  • It contains a high dose of a progesterone, which is found in many kinds of birth control pills.

How does the morning after pill work?

What are side effects? Short-term side-effects of taking the morning after pill may include:

  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Changes in your period
  • Cramping and abdominal pain – this could also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. If you have severe abdominal pain three to five weeks after using the morning after pill you should get immediate medical help. You could have an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

What else should I know about the morning after pill?

What is the abortion pill?

  • The abortion pill is not the same as the morning after pill.
  • The “abortion pill” is not actually one pill, but two separate medications.
  • The abortion pill involves taking two different drugs to cause a medical abortion. These are Mifeprex® and misoprostol.
  • The first drug is known as Mifeprex®, mifepristone or RU-486. In March 2016, the FDA made approved changes to the Mifeprex®/mifepristone regime. Mifeprex® is now approved, in a regimen with misoprostol, to end a pregnancy through 70 days since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.
  • Misoprostol is taken 24 to 48 hours after taking Mifeprex®.
  • About 7 to 14 days after taking Mifeprex®, a woman should follow up with her healthcare provider. This visit is to make sure the abortion is complete and to check for complications.

How does the abortion pill work?

What are side effects and potential complications of the abortion pill? Women who have taken Mifeprex® should seek immediate medical care for:

  • Sustained fever
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Prolonged heavy bleeding
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort or generally feeling sick for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol. Generally feeling sick could include weakness, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

These symptoms could be a sign of serious complications.

What else should I know about the abortion pill?

  • Ignoring the FDA guidelines below makes a medical abortion less safe. You should not take mifepristone if it has been more than 70 days since your last menstrual period began.
  • Do not order the abortion pill online.
    • Online purchasers of the abortion pill may bypass important safeguards designed to protect women’s health.
    • Drugs purchased online are not subject to FDA manufacturing controls or inspection. There is no way to be exactly sure what they contain.
    • If dangerous side effects occur, you will need a healthcare professional to take care of you.

What if I change my mind?

  • Under a doctor’s care, women have successfully continued their pregnancies after taking the first does of the abortion pill, mifepristone. Find out more: abortionpillreversal.com
  • Women should not attempt to counteract the abortion pill without the help of a medical professional.

If you have had unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy in Madison, Wisconsin, text or call us at 608-259-1605. We can help to answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision.

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Figuring Out What’s Best for You

Chloe* found First Care Clinic, saw that it had great reviews, and tells of her experience with welcoming and helpful staff. She talks about walking through best and worst case scenario and sorting out her options.

Request an AppointmentIf you think you might be pregnant and are looking for someone to talk to — someone who won’t judge you but will help you process your thoughts and feelings — listen to Chloe’s story and come see us.

If you think you might be pregnant in the Madison, Wisconsin area, text or call us at 608-259-1605 to make an appointment – all of our services are free of charge.

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*Name changed to protect privacy.

5 Things to Consider When Making a Pregnancy Decision

If you think you might be pregnant and you weren’t planning on it, your mind may be swirling with all kinds of thoughts.

“I can’t be pregnant. Not now.” “I was on birth control. How is this possible?” “How can I care for another child?” “What about finishing school?” “How will I tell my parents?” “I can’t afford a child right now.”

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Pregnant and not sure what to do? Take time to consider these 5 things before making a decision about your pregnancy.
An unintended pregnancy can present many challenges. But you will want to take time to consider a number of things before making a decision about your pregnancy.
  1. Are you pregnant?
    • Are your symptoms or a home pregnancy test indicating that you are pregnant?
    • Before making any decision, get your pregnancy confirmed by a medical professional. An ultrasound can tell if the baby has a heartbeat and how far along you are.
  2. Consider your options. If you are pregnant, you have three options.
    • Abortion: Abortion is often seen as an option of necessity. It is not a choice that most women want to make but they feel that they don’t have other options. Learn more.
    • Adoption: Adoption can be a very difficult choice to make. However, making an adoption plan can be a good option for women who are not ready to parent and are also not comfortable choosing abortion. Find out more about adoption.
    • Parenting: Some women who initially consider abortion decide that they can parent their child after considering their feelings, values and fears as well as resources and support that are available. Find out how we can help.
  3. Consider your thoughts, values and resources.
    • It can be helpful in sorting out your thoughts to make a list of your options and the benefits and risks of each option.
    • Think about what you value. Looking at your list, rate how important each benefit and risk is to you.
    • Think about and write down any resources and support you know about that may support each of your options. How might the important people in your life support you in your choice? What community resources are available to you?
      • If you feel you do not have enough support, discuss your options with a trusted person. Our nurses and patient advocates can help you with this. Text or call us.
      • Is anyone in your life pressuring you to make a certain decision? It will be best for you – and for the long term health of your relationships – if you can both respectfully communicate your thoughts and feelings.
    • You will want to consider whether you want not make this decision alone or share the decision.
      • Regardless of who you involve in the decision, it will be best if you can make it freely – without feeling pressured to make a certain choice.
      • We can offer a listening ear to the person or people you are involving in your decision.
      • The father of your baby may find it helpful to meet with our Fatherhood Specialist or a male client advocate. Text or call us to find out more.
    • If you feel pressure from others to make a specific choice, find someone to help you and the others involved. Our nurses and patient advocates are available to meet with you. We can help you navigate the challenges you are facing. Text or call us.Request an Appointment
  1. Learn all you can about each of your options.
    • Abortion: Do you know what abortion procedures are available to you? Do you understand the potential risks of abortion? You have the right to give fully informed consent and to assess risks and side effects.
    • Parenting: Do you know what risks are associated with continuing the pregnancy? What community resources are available for pregnant moms and moms with infants and other children? What are the responsibilities of the father of the baby?
    • Adoption: Do you understand the options available with making an adoption plan? There are now many options for adoption. An adoption can be open or closed. You may get together with your child regularly and send birthday cards and gifts or choose to live life separately. Find out more.
  2. Know your rights: In the state of Wisconsin, you have the right to make this decision. No one else, including your parents or the father of the baby, can legally force you to have an abortion. The decision you make must be voluntary and non-coerced. If you are feeling pressured to get an abortion you don’t want, get help. Contact us or call the police.

As you attempt to cope with the complex emotions associated with an unintended pregnancy, it can become more difficult to think clearly about your options. Come in and talk about how you are feeling. We can help to answer some of the questions that are going around in your head. Text or call us today.

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I Can’t Be Pregnant

“I can’t be pregnant. Not right now.”

“I have plans. And I can’t afford a baby.”

Perhaps you or someone you know is having thoughts like these. You may wonder what to do next.

Should I have an abortion? Parent? Or maybe consider making an adoption plan? All of these sound like hard choices. Where do I go from here?

The nurses and patient advocates at First Care Clinic are here to help you sort through your options and create a plan to move forward. Come see us.

To find out more or to make an appointment, call or text us at 608-259-1605.

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Dads Matter

Dads Matter.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it seems appropriate to turn our attention to Fatherhood.

While our clinic provides medical services for women only, we do offer other services for the guys. If a man is trying to figure out his role when his girlfriend is pregnant or if he wants to learn to be the best dad he can be whether or not he and his girlfriend will be parenting together – we can help.

So, if you’re a guy – read on to find out about what we can offer for you. And if you’re a woman, share this with your boyfriend, fiancé or husband.

Making a Pregnancy Decision

If you’re a guy and you think your girlfriend may be pregnant, or she tells you she is, it might be hard to know how to respond.

Be sure to listen, stay calm and talk about it. She needs your support now more than ever. Your thoughts are likely very important to her as she makes her decision. Find more do’s and don’ts here.

Don’t just say, “Whatever you want to do.” Even though she has the legal authority carry the pregnancy to term or have an abortion, you have a very active role in this situation. We can help you have this conversation.

We will also provide pregnancy testing and ultrasound as indicated – free of charge. You are invited to be at this appointment, and, with her permission, be there for the ultrasound.

And you can meet with a male peer advocate who can help you fully understand the options your girlfriend may have – and your role in this decision-making process.

If you are coming with your wife or girlfriend to an appointment for a pregnancy test or ultrasound, and you would like to talk to another man about your questions or concerns, text or call 608-259-1605 to schedule this meeting.

Preparing for Fatherhood

Not sure how to be a dad? Perhaps your dad was not involved in your life very much – or maybe you’d just like to learn more than you picked up along the way.

Fathers play a very important role in their children’s lives.

Our Practical Fatherhood curriculum is specifically designed with dads in mind. This series of 10 lessons, in a one to one format, can help you learn about role models, discipline, respecting your child’s mother, and the “dad difference.”

Fathers are also invited to attend and participate in all of our education programs where you will learn about nutrition, safety, fetal development, preparation for delivery and birth and more. There are more than 90 lessons available from which you and your girlfriend may choose.

Interested in learning how to be a dad from someone who’s been there? Male mentors are available to meet and discuss relationship and parenting issues. Get the tools you need to be equipped for fatherhood.

Childbirth Education & Infant Safety

This class, facilitated by a Lamaze trained RN, is designed with you and your girlfriend or spouse in mind.

You want to be a good partner to your wife or girlfriend, and to get off to a good start being a dad. Our Childbirth Education classes help you to do just that. Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How to time contractions
  • When to go to the hospital
  • The stages of labor and the support you can offer
  • How to advocate for your baby’s mother

Like all of our services, Childbirth Education classes are free and confidential.

Regardless of how far along your partner is in this pregnancy, we can help you along the way. Text or call 608-259-1605 today to get started in having the conversations to make a pregnancy decision or to prepare to be the best dad you can be.

Welcome

Welcome to First Care Clinic, one of the most trusted women’s health clinics in Madison, WI for over 30 years!

Our medical professional provide compassionate medical care, free of charge and confidentially. If you are experiencing signs of pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms or thinking about abortion, call us.

We are available to discuss your options, listen to your concerns and answer your questions.

We also offer STI/STD testing and treatment for women, diagnostic ultrasound and pregnancy and parenting education.

To make an appointment, call or text us at 608-259-1605.

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