Without a degree or established career, an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming. Maybe you wanted to be a parent one day, but not until you had accomplished other dreams first.
If you’re still in college and facing an unexpected pregnancy, learn more about your options. By law, your school must make adjustments for you.
Is Abortion My Only Option?
If you’ve shared the news with your partner or friends, they may suggest abortion as your best option because it seems convenient and discreet.
However, you have other options, like parenting or adoption. Both would still allow you to pursue your personal and educational goals. If you are worried about how pregnancy could affect your education, schools are legally required to allow absences and medical leave related to pregnancy under Title IX.
What Should I Do First?
You have a right to make a fully informed decision about your pregnancy. There are a few essential health screenings to take first, which can give you more information if you’re considering abortion or other options.
It’s important not to rely on common symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, or missed periods. At our office, we offer no-cost pregnancy tests. We can also advise you on the best time to take a pregnancy test since taking one too early can give you a false negative.
This important scan can provide details such as the pregnancy’s age, location, and viability.
The age of the pregnancy can affect your eligibility for the abortion pill (which is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks gestational age).
The location of the pregnancy can determine whether or not it is ectopic. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening and should be treated immediately through medication or surgical intervention.
Up to 30% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage, so knowing whether or not your pregnancy is still viable can also affect your next steps for your pregnancy.
You Don’t Need an Abortion to Continue Your Education
As a pregnant college student, your school must legally protect you. The college cannot discriminate against you in your educational or career pursuits.
Our office offers no-cost consultations, so if you are worried about how this will affect your future, we can help present possible solutions and answer any questions about your pregnancy.
We are here to equip you with information and resources so you can decide your future with confidence. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!