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FAQs

Is Everything At Parkridge Confidential?

Absolutely. Confidentiality is a top priority at Parkridge. We operate as a licensed medical clinic that is HIPAA compliant, so all of your health information is protected and secure. Each person serving you at Parkridge has signed an oath of confidentiality and is required to follow our policies. Our clinic is designed to make you feel comfortable and safe. View our Notice of Privacy Practices.

Do I Need An Ultrasound If I’m Planning To Terminate?

The short answer is “yes”. An ultrasound determines if your pregnancy is viable, if it’s in the uterus and how many weeks along you are. All three of these things are important, no matter what pregnancy option you are considering. Approximately 1 in 5 known pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. In the case of a miscarriage, you wouldn’t need to terminate. If you do have a viable pregnancy, your gestational age would determine the types of termination procedures available.

At Parkridge, ultrasounds are free and performed by a Registered Nurse trained in limited sonography. Your first step is to make an appointment for a pregnancy test. Request an appointment online or contact us by phone at either of our locations.

How Could Each Pregnancy Decision Affect My Future?

Parenting changes your future, but it doesn’t ruin it. It may take you a little longer to finish school or land your dream job, but you can still do it! There are a lot of community resources out there to help you. A woman should not have to make a decision between her education/career and the life of her child. It’s possible to do both things well.

Adoption allows you to make a positive plan for your child’s future while continuing with your life as before. Making an adoption plan isn’t easy, but it’s a choice many women can live with. If you aren’t ready to be a parent, think about adoption. Yes, you will still carry the baby, be pregnant for nine months and go through labor and delivery, but after a short recovery period, you can continue your school and career plans without caring for a small child.

Termination seems like the quick and easy option to make sure your future goals and plans aren’t ruined. But, remember, making a quick decision without gathering all the facts can often result in regret.  Think about how you might be affected emotionally. Your emotional health affects your future as well.  Call Parkridge today at 806.794.8555 or 806.780.8555 to set up a pregnancy test appointment. Our nurses and advocates are available to talk with you about your future and what options you have. We want to see you succeed! 

What About Emergency Contraception?

It’s important to be informed before taking any medications including emergency contraception. Emergency contraception, also commonly called the morning after pill, is sold under various names; Plan B One Step, Next Choice, Levonorgestrel and ella. These oral pills are intended to be taken at a specified time after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. They contain high doses of hormones, similar to those found in some birth control pills.

How does it work? The pills work in several ways, depending on the timing of your menstrual cycle and where you are in your cycle. They may prevent ovulation – meaning the egg will not be released, or may be delayed in being released, so conception does not occur. The oral pills may also affect the lining of your uterus, causing irritation, making it harder for an embryo to implant in the uterus.

What about side effects? There can be side effects from using emergency contraception – nausea or vomiting, breast tenderness, dizziness, headaches, irregular and/or unpredictable periods, thus emergency contraception should never be used on a regular basis to prevent pregnancy.

What else do I need to know? Emergency contraception can’t guarantee that you won’t get pregnant, does not protect you from getting STIs, won’t end an ectopic pregnancy (which can be a life threatening emergency) , and will not end an established pregnancy. Some forms of emergency contraception are available over the counter, but some require a Doctor’s prescription.

Need to know more? Our nurses will be happy to discuss emergency contraception with you. Just call the clinic at 806.780.8555 or 806.794.8555. Parkridge does not dispense emergency contraception as one of its services.

What About Birth Control?

There are multiple and various methods of birth control. Each method of birth control works in a different way to prevent pregnancy. The most common birth control methods are hormonal, which include pills taken orally, vaginal rings, patches, implants, injections, and some IUDs.  The cost varies for each form of birth control, and there are differences regarding which is available over the counter and which forms require a Doctor’s prescription. Some women have side effects from taking birth control and some methods require planning ahead to use. The main purpose of birth control; however, is to prevent pregnancy.  Most methods of birth control do not provide adequate protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  When you come in to Parkridge, our nurses will be happy to discuss birth control with you and how you can best protect yourself from unintended pregnancy and STIs by making informed choices about your health. Parkridge does not dispense birth control as one of its services.

If I’ve Already Had An Abortion, What Should I Do Now?

As with any medical procedure, it is important to consider the impact of your physical and your emotional well-being. After an abortion, women may feel sad immediately after the procedure. For some, this sadness goes away in a few weeks. Other women may experience some emotional disturbances that last a longer time. Some of the common emotional disturbances are:

  • sadness that doesn’t seem to lift
  • anger
  • general numbness
  • sexual dysfunction
  • feelings of guilt or anxiety
  • reactions on dates related to the abortion
  • dreams or sleep disturbances
  • increased use of alcohol or other substances
  • disturbances in relationships

If any of the above symptoms linger for longer than a few weeks, it is helpful to seek post-abortion counseling. Parkridge offers a free and confidential post-abortion recovery program as well as individual post-abortion counseling. Please call us 806.794.8555 or 806.780.8555 and ask to speak with one of our licensed professional counselors, and they will help you evaluate your situation. You can also email us at support@parkridge.org.  There is relief and hope for a woman who is experiencing emotional pain as a result of an abortion.

What If I’m A Minor? Will You Tell My Parents?

No matter your age, your confidentiality is a priority. We will not disclose any information to your parents–not even the fact that you’ve had an appointment at Parkridge. We encourage you to involve your parents in this pregnancy decision, but we respect your choice in the matter.

If you are under 18, by Texas Law, you don’t need your parents’ permission to have a pregnancy test, ultrasound or STI test. If you’d like for your parents to be involved, they may join you for your appointment. The choice is up to you.

At Parkridge, our goal is to meet your needs with no cost, no hassle and no judgment.

What If I’m The Father Of The Baby?

As the Father of the baby, we encourage you to get the facts, as well. Gathering accurate information is important when you are making any big decision. You are probably feeling just as shocked and surprised as your partner. Instead of reacting to her negatively, try to respond in a supportive way. Many women have told us that it doesn’t help for their guys to say, “I’ll support you in whatever you decide.” They usually want you to take an active role in helping them make a plan for the future. Taking responsibility is key. Encouraging her to make an appointment at Parkridge where she can speak with a nurse and receive accurate information is a great way to show your support. Call 806.794.8555 or 806.780.8555 to make an appointment.

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What About My Parents?

Telling your parents about an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult.  First, come to Parkridge for a pregnancy test so that you can know for sure you are pregnant.  Your Parkridge advocate can help you think through the best way to approach your mom or dad.  Remember, your parents might feel shocked or disappointed about your pregnancy. They need some time to process this news as well.

Revealing your unplanned pregnancy to those closest to you can be difficult. But it’s important to let them know so you won’t have to deal with everything alone. Family members and friends may react in different ways, but open and honest communication is vital. Those who have been through a similar situation can often provide valuable support. So make a list of people you need to tell about your pregnancy. If you come to Parkridge, we can confirm your pregnancy and help you make a plan. Parents often respond better to the news when they see that you have a plan for what’s next.

Timing is important. When is the best time to break the news? How will you tell them—in person? In a handwritten note? Maybe an email? Will you go alone or take someone with you? Where will you tell them—at the kitchen table? In your living room? At someone else’s home? Think through the details in advance. Plan to tell your family when everyone has time to sit down and talk without interruption. If possible, avoid starting the discussion late at night or early in the morning when everyone is leaving for work or school. It may take some time for your family to process the news.

Stand strong if others are pressuring you. This is your decision–one that you will live with for the rest of your life. You owe it to yourself to get the facts.  No one can force you into a decision, so carefully consider all your options. It’s normal to be nervous about how your family might react to the news of your unplanned pregnancy. If you are concerned for your safety or think someone might try to harm you, you should seek a safe environment. Surround yourself with people you trust—those who love you and care about your well-being. (excerpt from “I’m Pregnant. Now What?”, by Holly M. Duncan, MEd, LPC © 2012 by Focus on the Family).

What If My Daughter Is Pregnant?

She’s pregnant and you’re shocked. When your daughter breaks the news to you, try not to overreact! Your initial response will have a significant impact on your future relationship. If you have already blown it, it is not too late to show her that you care.

Yes, it is normal to feel shocked and disappointed. But remember that she, too, is facing an overwhelming situation. Put yourself in her shoes and try to understand her fears. Bottom line. Remain calm. Don’t burn bridges by saying something today that you might regret tomorrow. More than likely, your family is facing a future none of you had planned. However, that doesn’t mean your world is coming to an end. Though it’s hard to imagine right this minute, good can come from this. Live one moment at a time.

She can’t read your mind. Your daughter needs to hear you say:

  • “I’ll always love you. No matter what.”
  • “We’re here for you and we will help you in whatever way we can.”
  • “It’s not what we planned, but it will be okay.”
  • “We will get through this together.”

You may be tempted to say, “Whatever you choose, we’ll support you.” But this could make your daughter feel that she has to chart her course alone. Sharing wisdom gained through your life experiences can be a valuable component in your daughter’s decision-making process. Parkridge has licensed counselors available to help your daughter and your family navigate this difficult situation. Contact us to inquire about counseling. (excerpt from “I’m Pregnant. Now What?”, by Holly M. Duncan, MEd, LPC © 2012 by Focus on the Family).

What About My Future?

When you find out your pregnant, one of the first things you will probably think about is how your future will be affected. Can you finish school? Have a career? What about the baby’s father…do you have a future together?  All of your pregnancy options will have a different impact on your future.  That’s why it’s very important to take time to consider your options and how each one of them impacts your future.

Making a pregnancy test appointment at Parkridge connects you with caring professionals who will listen and help you sort out your present and future plans. Request an appointment today.