If you’re wondering whether your insurance will pay for your girlfriend’s abortion, the answer is likely no. At the time of this writing, Nebraska doesn’t require insurance companies to cover abortion—except in the case of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
If your partner is unexpectedly pregnant, it’s understandable that you both are feeling overwhelmed and worried about what to do next. These feelings are understandable, and we know what you’re going through. At Assure Women’s Center, we’re here for you and your girlfriend. Your girlfriend can contact us today to schedule an informational appointment, where we will answer your questions and provide you with information about the available pregnancy options.
If your girlfriend is thinking about abortion, there are certain steps she needs to take to ensure her health. Read on to learn more about these steps and how you can help.
Get an Ultrasound
If your girlfriend got a positive result on a pregnancy test, the next step is for her to get an ultrasound. This harmless scan will confirm that she is pregnant, and it will also reveal the following essential information:
- The age of the pregnancy. This is important if your partner is considering abortion, since certain options, like medical abortion, are only FDA-approved if the pregnancy is under 10 weeks.
- The location of the pregnancy. Most pregnancies develop in the uterus, but some develop outside of the uterus. This is a life-threatening situation known as an ectopic pregnancy, and if your girlfriend is experiencing this, she’ll need emergency medical treatment.
- The viability of the pregnancy. Roughly 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can determine if your girlfriend is still pregnant, or if she’s had a miscarriage. If so, she’ll need medical follow-up and potentially treatment.
At Assure Women’s Center, we offer free, limited ultrasounds.
Review Her Medical History
Medical abortion isn’t recommended for everyone. This is why it’s essential for your girlfriend to review her medical history and situation with a qualified health professional.
Some situations where medical abortion isn’t possible include:
- Being too far along in the pregnancy. Your girlfriend shouldn’t attempt a medical abortion if she’s been pregnant for more than nine weeks (after the start of your last period).
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus. This is called ectopic pregnancy.
- Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
- Have an allergy to the medicine used.
You and your partner aren’t alone in this. At Assure Women’s Center, we’re here for you both. We offer free pregnancy resources and information and give you both the space to ask questions. Your girlfriend can contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our caring team members.