I found the morning after pill in San Francisco

I found the morning after pill in San Francisco when I thought I might be pregnant. I was so embarrassed to be buying the morning after pill that I rushed and didn’t even read the instructions on the box. I should have because I took the wrong thing and wasted my money.

Once I got the box home and had already taken it and was waiting for the results, I finally read the instructions. The morning after pill is designed to be used before you get pregnant to, hopefully, prevent you from getting pregnant by stopping the egg from releasing and making it difficult for the sperm to get all the way up to the egg in the fallopian tube if ovulation has already happened.  Turns out, I should have been looking for the abortion pill in San Francisco because I figured I was already pregnant.

Thanks to my research, I knew I had to get a pregnancy verification before I could have an abortion. A pregnancy verification from a medical clinic or doctor confirms that I am pregnant, that it is viable (not a pregnancy that is in the fallopian tubes for example), and gives the gestational age (how long have I been pregnant. I went to Support Circle as they are not far from my college. I made an appointment online so I could go between classes.

It was so much better than I expected!  The Support Circle clinic in San Francisco is in a tall building downtown that looks like an office or medical building. I could be going there for any reason. Inside, the staff were friendly and helpful. They were professional but made me feel so comfortable. The pregnancy test showed negative but it had been awhile since my last period so they did an ultrasound. Good thing, too! I was miscarrying and was able to go to the hospital to get the help I needed. If I hadn’t found Support Circle after getting the morning after pill in San Francisco, I could have gotten really sick or even died from an ectopic pregnancy! I am thankful to Support Circle for having accessible clinics and knowledgeable staff that helped me get the urgent medical care I needed.

Where can I find the morning after pill in Redwood City

Over the holiday break my freshman year, I visited my cousins in the Bay Area and found myself doing a search for where I could find the morning after pill in Redwood City.

My cousins and I were never really close growing up. They were always moving from city to city as my uncle was in the military. I was excited to go to college close to where my uncle had retired from the Army so I could get to know my cousins better.  When I arrived, they took one look at me and decided I needed to live a lot more than I had been. We were out all day looking at the sites and out all night partying. The night before I returned to my dorm, I had sex with one of my cousin’s friends that had been coming out with us all week.  It didn’t even occur to me that he should use a condom until I was talking to my cousin a week later and she asked if he had or not. I felt stupid but told her the truth. She told me to immediately go get the morning after pill in Redwood City where my college was.

I was so clueless, I didn’t even know where to find the morning after pill or what it was. I searched online and started reading about it. Support Circle had a lot of great information and explained the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill. What was most helpful was the information on the time frames each is designed for. The morning after pill, which can be found at the CVS Pharmacy or Walgreens Pharmacy in Redwood City, should be taken before ovulation and as soon as possible after unprotected sex, up to about five days. But the abortion pill must be taken in a medical office or clinic after a pregnancy has been confirmed. I realized that I had already passed the time to take the morning after pill. I clicked on one of the links to make an appointment with Support Circle to see if I was pregnant.

The ladies at Support Circle were nice and helpful. They explained the process to me and told me it was likely too soon to tell on a pregnancy test and too soon to have an ultrasound. They explained how stress and other factors could cause my period to be late and recommended I return in a couple of weeks. We had a really good talk about what support systems I have in place if the test comes back positive next time. I went home feeling better even though it was too soon to find out if I was pregnant.

I’m glad I found Support Circle when I was looking for information on the morning after pill in Redwood City. Support Circle’s website was a great resource for me and their clinic team was very helpful and took their time explaining so I could understand. If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant, I recommend Support Circle.

I couldn’t get the abortion pill near me so I went to California

I live in a state where I couldn’t get the abortion pill near me so I went to California.  We could not afford to have a third child and our marriage was falling apart so I decided to have an abortion.  I chose California because I have friends from college that live in the Bay Area that I could stay with.

The whole process to get the abortion pill was simple and easy enough once I got to the abortion clinic. It was a bit surreal. I was in a cozy sunroom overlooking the Bay while I waited for the abortion to begin so I could go back home to my family across the country. Everything was fine and manageable. Then it really started. I knew there was the possibility of nausea and vomiting and pain. I just didn’t anticipate the amount of blood and the extent of the pain. It was awful. I think I had every possible side effect including fever and chills. It took longer than expected so I had to extend my visit. I missed my kids and just wanted to be home but I couldn’t because getting the abortion pill near me in my state was not an option.

My friend was as supportive as she could be. She had a medical abortion when we were in college and was surprised at what I had endured after taking the abortion pill. We both thought it would be a simple process, like a heavy period and cramping and then I would be able to go home and resume my life. Neither of us expected it to take almost four days. And even then, I was still bleeding and very weak. I even went back to the abortion clinic to make sure I was okay to fly. In addition, since I was still so emotional, my friend suggested I talk to someone at Support Circle before I returned home because they offer emotional support after an abortion. I am so glad I took her advice!

I am very thankful for Support Circle’s compassionate care. The patient advocate at Support Circle let me talk and share how I was feeling and my reasons for wanting to get an abortion pill near me. She didn’t judge me for my choices and instead, was very supportive and helped me to organize my thoughts and sort out my emotions. I absolutely recommend Support Circle if anyone has had an abortion and needs someone to talk to.

 

I had an abortion in Oakland

When I was in high school, I had an abortion in Oakland. I was young and knew I was not ready to have a child. There was a Planned Parenthood clinic near my friend’s house so we went there one morning instead of going to school. Almost ten years later, I found myself wanting to know if I was pregnant again. This time, I was married and had a young daughter.

My husband and I met in college and got married our senior year. We had our daughter two years later. It was very easy to conceive and the pregnancy went very smoothly. About two years later, we decided we were ready to have another child and thought it would be just as easy to get pregnant and have a baby. While it was easy to conceive, I kept experiencing miscarriages. I wondered if it had anything to do with the abortion in Oakland at the Planned Parenthood years before. My doctor assured me it was not related.

The last time I was pregnant, I was scared to think about the possible baby I was carrying. I was scared that this pregnancy was not viable either and would end in yet another miscarriage. I didn’t want to commit any more of myself than necessary until I found out if the pregnancy was viable. It is just too painful otherwise. But I really wanted to know if I was pregnant.

I found Support Circle through a Google search on “pregnancy ultrasound confirmation” or something like that. I called for an appointment. As they are not open every day, I was told someone from the clinics would call me back – and they did, within one day. The person setting up the appointment explained that Support Circle does not do abortion referrals. Since I just needed to verify my pregnancy, that was fine by me. I wasn’t looking to have an abortion. They were very flexible so I was able to get in pretty quickly, based on my schedule.

At my appointment, there were two ladies: one did the counseling portion and the other, a nurse, did the medical portion. They were both very respectful and kind and explained their intake process and clinical process well. I did a urine test, followed by an ultrasound. My husband was with me and we asked to see the monitor. We were able to see the heartbeat, which was a huge relief for us. The nurse printed out copies of the ultrasound pictures and gave me a pregnancy verification document. The ladies sent me home with a small goodie bag, which was very sweet.  All-in-all, even though I wasn’t looking for an abortion in Oakland, I am thankful to the staff at Support Circle for giving me a very good experience when I needed to confirm my pregnancy. Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely recommend Support Circle Clinics.