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Turning Point Blog by Choose Life Marketing - 1y ago

Because there are so many opinions regarding abortion, it is often the case that proven facts are hard to find, or that opinions are presented as fact. It is our goal to provide honest and open information so that you can make the best decision possible for you regarding your pregnancy. In this post, we’ll discuss a few common abortion myths, and why they are not facts.

 

Abortion is not a big deal.

Abortion is a big deal because pregnancy is a big deal, just like choosing to parent would be a big deal. Pregnancy involves a big change to anyone’s life, so if you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, you might find yourself overwhelmed at the prospect of continuing that pregnancy. Therefore, it’s important to give yourself time to process the situation and think through all of your options, because any one of them can and will be life-changing.

Abortion will empower me.

Often tag-lined “a women’s right to choose,” abortion is a hot topic among many who identify themselves as feminists. To keep up with the expectation of female empowerment, women who are still in school or focused on their career may look at abortion through the lens of empowerment. Empowerment implies growing, moving forward, thriving; yet there is no evidence that abortion causes women to thrive. Viewing abortion as a means to empowerment also diminishes those who have children or choose to parent. Feminism is all about encouraging women to be whoever and whatever they want, isn’t it? By definition, that includes mothers. So, women with children are not any less empowered than those without.

Abortion is completely safe.

No medical procedure is 100 percent safe. A surgeon will never tell you that there is no chance of harm, even for a simple procedure, because unexpected things do happen. Depending on the abortion procedure, there are risks, and you should be aware of them if you are considering having an abortion, from common side effects like intense cramping and bleeding to more serious long-term effects like uterus perforation and emotional damage. Knowledge empowers you to make the best decision possible for you.

Abortion will free me from responsibility.

This mindset is dangerous because it implies that a choice of this magnitude requires no sense of responsibility to make. You are responsible for the decisions you make, and whether to have an abortion is included in that. It is important to consider why you are choosing what you are choosing so that you know you are making your decision for the best possible reasons.

I will feel better after I have an abortion.

Many women do report feeling relief immediately following an abortion. Over time, many them also report unexpected negative emotions like grief, sadness, isolation, anxiety and depression. Most women experiencing the emotional impact of abortion did not feel prepared for it. It is hard to tell who will experience these negative emotions, or how intense they will be, as there have not been many studies on the topic. However, they do exist, and it is important to be aware of that.

Everyone wants me to have an abortion, so it must be my only option.

While it is always a good idea to receive guidance and wisdom from people you look up to, that is not the same as believing people who pressure or demand you to do things the way they want you to do them. You have options, and each one is truly a possibility for you. The staff at Turning Point would love to sit down with you and listen to your unique situation without judgment. Then, we can openly discuss your options and how they are each possible for you.

Now you know some common abortion myths. Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to providing accurate information, meaningful support, and lasting encouragement to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options today.

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Health and beauty experts praise the effects of coconut oil on damaged hair and activated charcoal for whiter teeth. It’s no wonder, since natural and herbal remedies have been used around the world for thousands of years. However, when it comes to an unexpectedly positive pregnancy test, an herbal remedy is not the way to go. Here are 5 reasons not to consider an herbal abortion.

  1. Simply because something is “herbal” or “natural” does not mean it is better.

Abortion is a medical procedure, and a permanent one. If you would not diagnose yourself with cancer and then attempt to administer your own chemotherapy, you should not attempt an herbal abortion. We often associate vitamins and herbs with a healthy lifestyle, but their place is not in self-induced abortions. In this case, they are more harmful than good.

  1. The misuse of herbs can have long-term, negative effects on your health.

Over consuming caffeine, Vitamin C, or parsley are each suggested ways of carrying out an herbal abortion. The overconsumption of caffeine can lead to an irregular heartbeat and even seizures, while overdosing on Vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, to name a few; eating too much parsley can cause anemia and kidney problems. In addition to these negative health effects for you, herbal abortions are unstudied and more often than not ineffective. This means an increased possibility of a failed abortion and development issues for the baby down the road.

  1. Ordering various herbs and drugs online can be dangerous.

A number of the suggested herbs for the herbal abortion process are difficult to find in stores. You may consider ordering such herbs from online resources because of this or because you are hoping to be discreet. Buying herbs or drugs online, especially from other countries, increases the risk of containers being tampered with or impure substances. Consuming these can cause numerous unknown and long-term health issues.

  1. The decision to have an herbal abortion can often be one made in fear.

Unplanned pregnancy is a frightening circumstance, whether you’re in high school or in your mid-thirties. The idea of inducing an at-home miscarriage can sound like the answer to all of your problems when you feel like your parents, friends, or even the father would be judgmental of your pregnancy. You might feel uncertain and afraid, but it is very likely that those who love you would not want you to face this on your own. We encourage you to reach out to the people you love for support and not to make a decision of this magnitude out of fear.

  1. Self-induced abortion is illegal in most US states.

In the state of California, an abortion performed by an unauthorized person can result in fines up to $1,000 and jail time. These laws are in place with your safety and mental wellbeing in mind. To induce through herbal abortion can be both physically dangerous and mentally traumatic.

Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant can be very challenging, and we hope to be a source of support and encouragement for you through this process. Herbal abortion can be costly physically, mentally, financially, and even criminally.

We would love to discuss the safe options available to you without judgment. All our services are completely confidential and are provided at no cost to you. For a complete list of our early pregnancy medical services like pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, click here.

SOURCES

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/opinion/sunday/the-return-of-the-diy-abortion.html?_r=0

https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/there-is-no-safe-diy-herbal-abortion/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/vitamin-c/faq-20058030

https://www.livestrong.com/article/483495-side-effects-and-caution-for-parsley/

http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-abortion-laws.html

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Turning Point Blog by Choose Life Marketing - 1y ago

When a pregnancy test comes back positive, the next step is an ultrasound, regardless of what options you’re considering for your pregnancy. Listed below are answers to what an ultrasound does, why it’s needed and where you can receive no-cost and confidential ultrasounds in San Diego.

Before you do anything, the important thing to remember is to step back, take a deep breath and try to stay calm during this process. Stressing out and/or being anxious can not only heighten worries, leading to uninformed or rushed decisions, but can also lead to negative health effects to your body.

 

What Does an Ultrasound Do?

An ultrasound is provided after a pregnancy test to verify the viability of your pregnancy and estimated gestational age, or how far along the pregnancy is in development. It’s also used to determine the general health of both the woman and fetus. In addition, ultrasounds also show where the pregnancy is located, checking for possibilities of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, where the fetus develops outside of the uterus (like in the fallopian tubes). While ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening, early detection is key in the treatment process. Waiting too long before knowing about an ectopic pregnancy can be extremely dangerous to the mother in terms of health effects and future possibilities of becoming pregnant.

How Are Ultrasounds Used in Next Steps?

While the State of California does not require that ultrasounds are needed to receive an abortion, some medical professionals may require one before performing a procedure. Because ultrasounds are used to determine the development and gestational age of the pregnancy, having that exact information is needed by a provider to determine which abortion procedures are possible and which would be ineffective, causing further health complications. Women who are past ten weeks of their menstrual cycle may not be eligible for medical abortions, like the abortion pill, because of how far along the pregnancy is. Women past ten weeks will likely require a more intense procedure, like a surgical abortion. Learn more about your options concerning health risks and abortion here.

Where Can I Get an Ultrasound in San Diego?

Pregnancy Medical Clinics, like Turning Point, can offer no-cost and confidential ultrasounds in addition to lab-quality pregnancy tests. During your ultrasound, a professional staff member will be there for support and to answer any questions you may have about pregnancy, next steps and your options.

If you think you may be pregnant, know that everything is going to be okay. Your first step to confirming your pregnancy is to have an ultrasound performed. The friendly and supportive staff at Turning Point can provide you with an ultrasound and can answer all the questions you may have for every step of your decision-making process. To make an appointment for a no-cost ultrasound or lab-quality pregnancy test, contact us here.

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Any pregnancy is scary, even if you’ve been planning to become pregnant. But when it’s unplanned or unexpected, the prospect of caring for a child can be daunting and alienating. It’s hard to know what to do in that situation, especially if it’s something you’ve never gone through before.

Should you ever find yourself in that situation, there are a couple of things you should know. One, you are not as alone as you might feel. Even if those close to you don’t feel very supportive, there are people genuinely invested in your well-being. Two, those feelings you’re having? They’re normal.

One thing you may be exploring is the possibility of abortion. Before pursuing that path, however, there are several questions you need to ask yourself. Asking these questions will allow you to step out of the immediate moment, and consider the long-term effects an abortion would have on your life, as well as the possible ramifications of such a procedure.

What are my options?

There are more options than you might think. You can choose to parent, adopt, or have an abortion. Whatever you’re currently considering, it is important to be knowledgeable on the ramifications of your decision. For example, if you decide to have an abortion, there are several different procedures, side effects and potential injuries that can be involved. There are also other important details to consider, like when your last period was, where the procedure can be performed and how much the different types of procedures can cost. Turning Point PRC’s patient advocates can provide you with all the information you need to reach the best decision for you.

How will an abortion affect me emotionally?

Emotionally, the effects of an abortion vary from woman to woman, but abortion-associated grief is often cited as one of the more common long-term side effects. Approximately 50% of women who have an abortion experience symptoms such as depression, guilt and insomnia, among other issues, that can last as long as nine months. Studies also show that some women face these emotional side effects for a lifetime. Try not to make a permanent decision out of a temporary emotion.

How far along am I?

Not knowing exactly how far along you are can make the situation even scarier. Fortunately, there are no-cost services available to give you a precise estimate. Turning Point PRC offers a safe and confidential location to have both a pregnancy test and ultrasound performed by a qualified health professional. This will give you a better understanding of your options, as they vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Be aware that if you choose to have an abortion, your pregnancy must be confirmed with an ultrasound before you can have the procedure. The stage of pregnancy also determines what kind of procedure you can receive.

Is an abortion a safe procedure?

The safety of an abortion varies greatly depending on where it is performed, the quality of the doctor, the type of procedure, and how far along the pregnancy is. However, no matter the circumstances, physical complications such as hemorrhage, infection, and others can occur. Usually, the later in the pregnancy, the much more dangerous it can be. While it’s often recommended that abortions take place in the first or early second trimesters, not all procedures are successful, meaning you would have to undergo another procedure. More procedures can increase the risk of adverse health effects. Women who choose to have an abortion late in their pregnancy must undergo more intense surgical procedures, where potential consequences are much more serious, such as loss of life.

Are there any long-term health risks associated with abortion?

Abortion brings with it the potential for several long-term health risks beyond the procedure itself, such as:

  • Tubal pregnancies
  • Placenta previa
  • Miscarriage
  • Decreased maternal bonding
  • Possible increased risk of breast cancer
  • Infection
  • Severe bleeding and cramping
  • Emotional distress, such as depression and guilt
What are the different types of abortion procedures?

There are two primary types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical. Medical abortions require the ingestion of medicines to terminate the pregnancy. These procedures have a similar effect on the body and pregnancy like a miscarriage. Surgical procedures are an operation performed with local anesthetic, and can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic. Surgical procedures become more intense the farther along the pregnancy is. For more information on the different types of procedures, visit our webpage.

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We understand the prospect of aborting an unplanned pregnancy is a heavy topic. There are several things you’ll want to consider – the above questions are not an exhaustive list by any means; regardless, it’s important that you do what you can to be patient, and make an informed decision. It’s in your best interest to take it slow, even if that’s the opposite of what you may want to do.

If you’re in need of support in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, please call us at (858) 397-1970, text at (858) 822-9335, or send a confidential email to info@mmpregnancy.com.

You are not alone; we are here to help.

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We live in a world where we’re trying harder to keep up with the Kardashians than we are to keep up with our savings accounts. Sometimes, it seems as if we care more about how we’re perceived on social media and by our friends than caring about our wellbeing – both financially and emotionally. Let’s change that! Not only are we giving you financial tips to help you through your 20s, but giving you a few pieces of advice that might just come in handy someday.

Financial Tips

Pay Yourself First

Save, save, save – even if it’s $10 a month! Take a certain amount from your paycheck each month and put it away in a savings account before even depositing your check. If you don’t have a savings account, a piggy bank will do. Having some money set aside will put your mind at ease, knowing you have a plan when emergencies or bigger purchases arise.

Prepare for the Unexpected

We’re sure that you’re aware that life isn’t easy. Or fair. That’s why you must always expect the unexpected. The way life goes, you’ll lose your job, pop a tire and have to pay rent all in the same day. By continuing to put money in a savings account, it might just save you from a major meltdown and allow you to pay for unexpected costs without going into debt.

Credit Cards Aren’t FREE Monies

Seriously though – you might have a credit card with a $5,000 limit, but do you have the real money to back that up? Remember that owning a credit card is a big responsibility. If you aren’t paying off your balance each month, you’re accruing interest, which must be paid back in addition to what you already owe. Make sure that if you are using your credit card, you are checking to see how much you’ve spent and paying off as much as you can each month to avoid massive debt.

Things to Remember

You Don’t Have to Have the Nicest Things

Trying to pretend you’re someone you’re not, or trying to keep up with your friends (or the Kardashians) by buying the nicest shoes or the newest designer bag is just going to put more stress on you. Living outside your means just opens the door to financial stress, debt, poor credit scores and more problems down the road. Be content with what you have and shop at places you know you can afford.

 

 

Stuff Doesn’t Make You Happy

Remember, no amount of money will make you truly happy. You could have the nicest car, the biggest house or the newest cell phone and still be miserable. Why? Because happiness comes from the things you can’t buy. It comes from being surrounded by good friends and family. It comes from setting goals and attaining them. It comes from being compassionate and helping others. Don’t let material things get in the way of your happiness.

 

Let Go of Pressure

We live in a digital world – where we know what our friends, families, celebrities, celebrities’ dogs, and politicians are doing every second of every day. With social media oversharing, we are constantly putting our lives on display for the world to see. This means that we are under a lot of pressure to raise our standards and “show off” to the world. Learn to let this pressure go! You have a lot to bring to the table, even if it’s not endless amounts of money. Focus on you and learn to tune the rest of the world out.

If You Do Need Help

Even if you are struggling financially, there are a variety of services that can help you when you need it most.

  • Health Care

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. If you are in a difficult financial situation, this program can pay for a variety of medical services. This is great if you have a certain disability or become seriously ill. Check and see if you are eligible here!

  • Food Stamps

CalFresh is California’s version of Food Stamps. CalFresh provides a monthly stipend to assist low-income households to purchase the food they need to maintain healthy lifestyles. You can learn more and apply for the program here.

  • Pregnancy Medical Clinics

Pregnancy Medical Clinics like Turning Point PRC are a great option if you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Whether you’re worried about raising a child at a young age, being a single parent or wondering how to afford a baby, we address concerns like this every day and can help you work through them. We also provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and community referrals to women.

  • WIC

If you do have young children at home or recently found out that you are pregnant and are having trouble providing for your family, you might be eligible for WIC. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and infants and children up to the age of five.

Establishing healthy financial habits at a young age will prepare you for future success and save you from the stress and worry that comes with living paycheck to paycheck. If you find yourself in a situation that you aren’t prepared for, we can help. Contact us today; our friendly and compassionate staff is ready to help you however we can!

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When you think of the word “judgment,” what probably comes to mind is you or someone else criticizing a person on their behaviors, choices, actions or even appearance. While judgment is often perceived as a negative action, it’s actually a very important thing to have. Your judgment is made up of your morals, values, and everything in life that you believe in. You need a good sense of judgment to make active choices in your life, especially when it comes to your sexuality and all the responsibilities and implications that come with choosing to be sexually active.

1. Self-restraint

Depending on where you are in life and your own personal values, it’s totally normal if you choose to stay abstinent in your relationship. Remember, using your best judgment to remain abstinent is a choice that only you can make for yourself. A lot of responsibility comes with having sex – like the possibility of contracting STDs, getting pregnant or the heartache if the relationship doesn’t work out. If you’re not in a place where you feel comfortable taking those risks, especially with someone who is not your spouse, that’s where your judgment comes into play. Use your judgment when choosing who to date, the friends you hang out with, and how you spend your free time. Making those judgment calls can be much easier initially, rather than getting into a situation you’re not comfortable with and trying to say no. However, be firm in your judgment and remember that you are in control of your decisions.

2. Pregnancy Help

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t know what to do next, that’s okay! This is another great example where your judgment can be extremely beneficial. Who you choose to confide in can make a positive difference in this journey. Outside of close family and friends, pregnancy medical clinics or resource centers are a great place to get your questions answered, as well as receive confidential support. Having a support system you can trust is imperative during such an important (and seemingly scary) part of your life. If you don’t feel like you have a great support system, or if you’re worried that if you tell family members or friends that rumors might spread, use your best judgment on where to place your trust.

At Turning Point PRC, we can be your support system. Our caring, trained medical professionals are waiting with open arms. Not only does our center offer free lab-quality testing, ultrasounds, support counseling and community referrals, we’ll supply you with all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself, all in a safe and confidential environment.

3. Abortion

Women facing unplanned pregnancy have different options when it comes to deciding what to do next. If you’re considering abortion, utilize your best judgment by evaluating all the information you have. There is an overwhelming amount of information and opinions out there regarding abortion, but part of using your best judgement is doing your research and making an informed decision. That’s something Turning Point PRC can help with as we talk with women about their options each day and provide them with factual and objective information about abortion procedures.

Something to be cautious of when considering abortion are the effects the procedures could have on your mental and physical health. If the fetal development is past two months, it is likely that you will need a surgical procedure to terminate the pregnancy. Surgical abortions can lead to serious side effects, including infection, excessive bleeding, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, among others. Use your best judgment to decide if this is the best option for you. Remember to try not to make a permanent decision out of a temporary emotion.

Clearly, judgment is a good thing. You need judgment no matter what you do in life. Because your judgment is rooted in your personal values and morals, it can also help navigate you through the more important decisions you might face, such as those listed above.

If you are looking for a reliable pregnancy clinic or are weighing your options, contact Turning Point PRC for no cost medical services: pregnancy test, ultrasound, and consultation about your next steps. Contact us today at: (858) 397-1970, text: (858) 822-9335 or email: info@mmpregnancy.org.

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Get the how, when, and why for using technology in relationships.

First things first: technology and digital content has tremendously accelerated our society. In 2017, not only are we able to receive both world and local news in literal seconds, but our digital society has also given people the opportunity to connect with others around the world and gives social voices to those who would not have them otherwise.

On the other hand, over-consumption of technology and digital content can be harmful to our personal relationships. Often, social networking has negative effects on healthy relationships, sometimes putting the relationship itself in danger.

Think about how many times you’ve said something online or over text that you wouldn’t have normally said to that person face-to-face because it was hurtful. Or, how many times you’ve ignored your parents or friends in person, while you scroll through your phone instead. Our smartphones have become such a distraction for us. That’s why it’s important to admit how much we actually use our phones and what small changes we can make in regard to our tech habits to make ourselves more present in our relationships with others.

Below are helpful ways to make deeper connections and avoid harmful relationship habits due to overconsumption of technology.

1. Talk in-person as much as possible.

We all know there are things we might want to say, but won’t – in-person, at least. Technology makes it easy to simply ignore people. Whether that’s not responding to phone calls, texts, Snapchats, and more, technology can create a barrier between us. If you’re having problems with a friend or a significant other, talking in person is the best way to handle it – not a long strand of text messages back and forth.

Talking in-person enhances communication – because communication is more than physically speaking – it’s body language, eye contact and expression. Behind a messaging screen, those things are not visible. You only really see a quarter of the potential communication through texting and messaging. This also means that you could misread someone’s tone. What appears on your phone is the text only – it doesn’t include the tone in which someone said it, which gives a big insight on how that person is actually feeling. Speaking face-to-face nearly eliminates this barrier.

2. Connect wisely and thoughtfully. You don’t have to completely disregard your phone to be connected with someone.

Think about how you would feel if someone was ignoring you while being on their phone, or trying to spend time with someone who seems to be distracted because of their phone. While you don’t have to go on a total detox, think about how you’re physically engaging with someone. Is your phone put away when you’re hanging out with people, or are you checking it every two minutes at the dinner table?

If you’re serious about healthy relationship habits, remember to stay in the moment. Be present. Engage with whom is sitting across from you. Disregarding them could put up a metaphorical wall, contribute to future communication issues and cause them to lose overall trust in the relationship. Plus – it’s just bad manners!

3. Encourage offline activities.

It isn’t hard to see why texting, snapchatting and direct messaging each other is more popular than talking on the phone – it’s quick, easy and you can be doing multiple things at once while communicating with someone through messaging. However, try using your phone just to make in-person plans. Text a group of your friends to meet up at a coffee shop, instead of sending each other hundreds of messages in a group chat. Or call your family and make Sunday dinner plans instead of chatting on the phone for a couple minutes.

You’ll have so much more fun sitting across from real people than staring at a screen. Along with talking in-person, getting to know each other offline fosters a deeper connection built on trust and familiarity. Plus, you’ll be making REAL memories, instead of sitting at home scrolling through social media looking at the memories everyone else is making.

All-in-all, technology isn’t evil. It’s helped us advance and communicate in ways we never thought possible. However, when it comes to personal relationships, we should recognize how we’re using technology to connect with them. Take those relationships offline every once in a while, and you’ll find that maybe you don’t need technology that much – at least while you’re together!

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