Abortion Clinic Redwood City

My Search for An Abortion Clinic in Redwood City

My search for an abortion clinic in Redwood City resulted in a visit to Support Circle’s clinic on Brewster. I needed an ultrasound to verify my pregnancy so I could get an abortion.

Everyone I spoke with at Support Circle was very nice and helpful. The nurse gave me an ultrasound to confirm my pregnancy, which is what I needed. When I asked about getting an abortion, she explained where I was in my pregnancy and my abortion options. The nurse said I was five weeks pregnant and it was still too early to determine if the baby is viable. That means I can have a miscarriage and not have to have an abortion at all. She scheduled a follow up appointment for two weeks from now.

While at Support Circle, Irene, the patient advocate, asked what brought me to Support Circle. I explained that I was looking for an abortion clinic in Redwood City because I knew I was pregnant and I need to have an abortion. I explained that my husband would NOT be happy if he finds out I am pregnant. He’s never happy. My husband and I have been having issues in our marriage and I am seriously thinking about getting a divorce. I can’t live the way we have been living. He is verbally abusive to me. He tries to control me and to control everything I do. Even though he hasn’t hit me yet, I think it is only a matter of time. Last week, I yelled back at him. That made him so angry that he punched the wall next to me. I’m scared that next time, it will be me, not the wall he hits. I can’t bring a baby into a home with violence. I was raised with an abusive alcoholic father that hit my mom and us kids and I swore I wouldn’t do that to my child.

This is not how I envisioned my life would be at the age of 30, after almost five years of marriage. I am so conflicted and don’t know what to do right now. I just got accepted to a graduate program. I love children and this child would be able to grow up with its cousins because my siblings have babies now, too. On the one hand, the timing is terrible but on the other hand, the timing is kinda good. Is it bad to pray for a miscarriage? There are all of these women out there trying to have a baby and I am pregnant and I don’t want it. Ugh! I feel so conflicted. I’m glad that I have time to think about it these next few weeks.

At Support Circle, Irene really listened to me. I felt heard. She even gave me this journal to write down my thoughts and feelings.  She said it could help me to process what is going on. I don’t know what I am going to do. I just know that I will be going back to Support Circle in two weeks. The emotional support I have received from Irene has been great for me. She said she would continue to help me regardless of my decision. I am SO glad I came to Support Circle for a free ultrasound when I was looking for an abortion clinic in Redwood City!

Difference Between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill

My girlfriend, Leslie, came to me freaking out because she didn’t know the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill. She said she took the abortion pill but she was still pregnant. That didn’t sound right to me. Also, I didn’t even know she thought she was pregnant so that was how I found out Leslie was pregnant. A couple of years ago, when my high school girlfriend thought she was pregnant, we went to Support Circle and they helped us. I figured if anyone could figure out what was going on, it would be Support Circle. So, I made an appointment and took Leslie to the Redwood City clinic.

When we got there, Leslie was so nervous, she was shaking. The staff at Support Circle were so friendly and helpful. I could tell they made Leslie feel so comfortable because she released her death grip on my hand and her shaking stopped.

First, the nurse asked some questions and gave Leslie a pregnancy test. While we waited on the results, the nurse explained the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill to us both. Turns out, Leslie took the morning after pill the morning after she missed her period. She thought that it was the abortion pill and would end the pregnancy.

We didn’t know that the morning after pill is to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex to stop ovulation from happening in the first place. And it can make it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg if ovulation has already occurred. You don’t need a prescription to get the morning after pill at a CVS pharmacy or Walgreens pharmacy. But the abortion pill does need a prescription. In fact, the abortion pill is a two-pill regimen that has to be taken in a doctor’s office or medical clinic and then you take the rest at home. The abortion pill is taken after the pregnancy to end it. That’s what Leslie thought she was doing but she took the morning after pill instead and that does nothing to stop a pregnancy if it already happened.

So, the morning after pill is designed to be taken before a pregnancy happens and the abortion pill is designed to be taken after pregnancy happens. Leslie said she kinda feels stupid now but I told her she’s not a doctor or a nurse so she shouldn’t feel too bad not knowing. Personally, I do feel bad that I got my girlfriend pregnant. I would never want to intentionally cause her pain or mess up her life and I did anyway.

Leslie and I have a lot to talk about and Julie at Support Circle is helping us talk it through to figure out what we want to do next. She’s helpful and knows so much more about all of this than we do. It’s nice to have someone to talk to that listens to us both and helps us to hear what each other is saying. If you ever think your girlfriend is pregnant or, like us, you don’t know the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill, you should go to Support Circle in Redwood City for help. We did and are glad we did.


Morning After Pill Redwood City

Misconceptions of the Morning After Pill in Redwood City

Misconceptions of the morning after pill in Redwood City are just as common all around the country. Morning after pill. Sounds clear and simple enough but there has been much debate and many misconceptions of the morning after pill.

In order to debunk the misconceptions, it is important to understand what the morning after pill is. The morning after pill, also commonly known as Plan B One Step, is a popular name for numerous brands of birth control pills that contain the hormone Levonorgestrel and are used for emergency contraception. These pills can be used to prevent ovulation and do not harm an existing pregnancy when taken as directed. In California, a prescription is not required to obtain Plan B One Step and most forms of the morning after pill.

While the term “morning after pill” indicates the pill(s) must be taken the next morning, emergency contraception pills are designed to be taken any time immediately following unprotected intercourse and for up to five days after. The failure rate increases the more time that passes between unprotected intercourse and when the pills are taken.

It is important to note that the drug manufacturers indicate that the morning after pill is most effective prior to ovulation because its primary goal is to prevent ovulation from happening. If ovulation has already occurred, the secondary goal of the morning after pill is to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. Stop the egg from releasing and if that doesn’t work or if it is too late, then stop the sperm before fertilization of the egg can occur.

A common misconception is that the morning after pill is the same as the abortion pill. However, the abortion pill regimen is designed to end an existing pregnancy and induce a spontaneous miscarriage of the fetus, whereas the morning after pill is designed to stop a pregnancy from happening in the first place. The morning after pill is taken before pregnancy has occurred and the abortion pill is taken after the pregnancy has occurred. The abortion pill requires a prescription and several doctor visits but the morning after pill in Redwood City can be purchased at a pharmacy without a prescription.

If you think you may be pregnant, need a pregnancy verification or other pregnancy related services, or if you have questions regarding the morning after pill in Redwood City, Support Circle’s registered nurses are here to help you. Schedule your appointment today at our Redwood City medical clinic.

Is the Morning After Pill an Abortion Pill?

Is the morning after pill an abortion pill? The simple answer is: “No.” Often, people confuse the morning after pill and the abortion pill or use the terms interchangeably. However, the morning after pill and the abortion pill are different drugs which perform completely separate functions.

The morning after pill, commonly known as Plan B One-Step, is taken BEFORE a woman is pregnant to stop a pregnancy from happening. Plan B One-Step’s website explains that the strong dose of levonorgestrel (a hormone found in birth control pills) “works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary” and “may also prevent fertilization of the egg.” The morning after pill is available without a prescription in California.

The abortion pill is used AFTER a confirmed pregnancy. It requires that your pregnancy be officially verified, which is best done by an ultrasound. It also requires a prescription.  While called the abortion pill, it is really a two-drug regimen of Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The FDA has only approved this regimen to terminate a pregnancy of up to 10 weeks when prescribed and used under medical care.

If you are pregnant and have questions about whether the morning after pill is an abortion pill or if you would like to verify your pregnancy, our professional and knowledgeable nurses are available to help you in our three Bay Area medical clinics.


Abortion Clinic Oakland

I was sitting in an abortion clinic in Oakland, CA, wondering how my life had taken this turn. There was a couple in the waiting room, holding hands tightly but not talking. I wished by boyfriend could be here with me but I hadn’t even told him I was pregnant.

The staff at the clinic was professional and explained my abortion options. At seven weeks pregnant, I could choose the abortion pill or to have a surgical abortion. It felt like they thought the abortion pill was my best option. I had heard of the abortion pill from a friend but didn’t know very much about it. I decided to go home and think about it.

When I got home, I read the material they gave me and searched the internet for the differences between the abortion pill and a surgical abortion. I asked a couple of friends that had been to the abortion clinic in Oakland about their experiences. What stood out for me was that one friend said she didn’t realize how emotional taking the abortion pill abortion would be. And, she said it was not just like going into the abortion clinic and getting a pill, and that’s all. It was a much longer process.

The way they were talking about it at the abortion clinic, it felt like it was just going to be like taking a Tylenol. But once I started reading actual stories online from women who used the abortion pill, I realized it is way more involved than that. These women were saying how it was horrible and they thought they were going to die. They had nausea and vomiting and bad cramping and they bled for weeks. I got scared reading about the abortion pill. It seems like a long and involved process. I wondered why women would even choose the abortion pill. I was more confused after reading about the differences between the abortion pill and the surgical abortion.

During my search for information, I learned about Support Circle. On their website, they shared accurate and easy to understand information.  I felt comfortable going to them to ask questions. When I went to Support Circle, they were friendly and helpful. I felt immediately at ease. It was easy to talk and share my thoughts and concerns, like I would with a best friend. For the first time since discovering my pregnancy, it felt like I could breathe and I felt like there was hope. If you are pregnant and considering an abortion, I would recommend going to Support Circle before going to an abortion clinic in Oakland.

Abortion Pill San Francisco

Facts on the Abortion Pill in San Francisco

Are you pregnant and looking for information on the abortion pill in San Francisco? Support Circle seeks to provide young women, like you, with accurate information to help you make an informed decision.

Whether you live in the Bay Area, or any other part of California, a pregnancy verification is needed before you can obtain the abortion pill. The pregnancy verification consists of a lab grade urine pregnancy test, followed by an ultrasound to confirm the viability and location of the fetus and to date the pregnancy. This is a crucial step for two reasons:

The first is to determine whether the pregnancy is viable. If the pregnancy is not viable, you may not need to obtain an abortion in the first place. ACOG says that for women in their childbearing years, the chances of having a miscarriage can range from 10-25%, and in most healthy women the average is about a 15-20%chance. There is also a chance that it could be an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening to you.

The second reason the pregnancy verification is crucial is to determine how far along the pregnancy is, which is what determines what options are available to you. The FDA has only approved the Abortion Pill for use up to 10 weeks so it’s important to have accurate pregnancy dating. You might be further along than you think.

If the pregnancy is less than ten weeks from the start of your last period, the FDA allows for a medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill. The Abortion Pill is a drug regimen combining TWO drugs: Mifeprex (known as Mifepristone or RU-486) and Misoprostol. When used in combination, they disrupt an existing pregnancy but not an ectopic pregnancy.

A search on ‘abortion in San Francisco,’ or ‘abortion pill San Francisco’ may give you the information you seek and a list of online pharmacies. However, the FDA has requested that online abortion pill providers stop selling their unapproved abortion pills. The FDA approved regimen requires Mifeprex to be taken in a medical office or clinic while under the supervision of a doctor, nurse practitioner, or midwife.

Mifeprex causes the lining of the uterus to shed (like during a menstrual cycle). The second pill, Misoprostol, may be taken at home within 48 hours. Misoprostol induces uterine contractions to clear the contents of the uterus. A follow-up visit 7-14 days after taking the abortion pill regimen is important to ensure the abortion completed successfully.

Many women are surprised to discover that taking the abortion pill is a lot more involved than they expected. It requires a prescription, must be dispensed by a medical provider, consists of a two-drug regimen and there is a mandatory follow-up visit. In addition, after taking the regimen, it is common for women to experience pelvic cramping and vaginal bleeding and spotting, including the expelling of tissue and blood clots for an average of 9-16 days but bleeding can last up to 30 days. It is also common to experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, fever, chills, weakness, and diarrhea.

Support Circle offers registered nurses that can provide you with a pregnancy verification and accurate information on the abortion pill in San Francisco. Come receive a consultation with a registered nurse today.