please help me. i have a question

  1. im sorry if this thread is posted in the wrong forum. im just not thining clearly, i guess.

    i need any information of help i can get. short story version: im 18 and the condom broke and i dont want to take the risk of pregnancy so i scheduled an appointment at a clinic for the morning after pill. this happened this afternoon and the appointment is for tomorrow at 11am.

    the person i spoke to on the phone said it will cost $120 and that i will need an ultrasound taken. i was wondering if the ultra sound is their way of boosting up the cost because i dont understand why i would need one this early. i dont mind the cost i was just curious if it was necessary because im not 100% comfortable taking one.

    also, i read up on the pill and some of the side effects were nausea
    vomiting
    infertility
    breast tenderness
    ectopic pregnancy-can be life threatening
    blood clot formation


    the infertility part...does that mean there is a chance of NEVER being able to have a child? as in years down the road when i am ready, i might be able to have one? and what exactly is the "ectopic pregnany- life threating" part referring to? life threatening to the baby? or to me?

    any help would be greatly appreciated. i've always been careful and never had to deal with something like this, so i am really scared because i dont know what to expect.

    thank you.
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  3. by   BranRN
    Do you know the first day of your last period?
  4. by   sunnybrook83
    The sonogram is to see if you are farther along than you may be admitting to or aware of and to see if it is an ectopic pregnancy (although if it is extremely early they wouldn't be able to tell yet).
    An ectopic pregnancy is extremely dangerous to the mother- it will eventually rupture the tube causing hemorrhage.
  5. by   P_RN
    Good luck. And yes an ectopic can be life threatening if not recognised.
  6. by   ceecel.dee
    They must list every possible complication and/or side effect of any medication, so the list can be of quite a few things regardless of what you are taking

    I imaging the list of possible side effects for the morning after pill would be at least as long as that of birth-control pills, although I haven't looked it up.

    Yes, I suppose the cost of the ultasound runs the $ amount up quickly, but please follow their recommendations. They know what they are doing, and they can, and will I suspect, explain it all very well to you.

    Are you also being checked for STD's? Ask them about this too!

    Good luck!
  7. by   saccharin
    the first day of my last period was march 1st, but i am extremely irregular. i only get my period about once every 3-4 months. its always been this way, my mom was this way for years as well.

    this is more scary than i thought. i might not go through with the pill tomorrow. i really dont want to take any risks on my health or not being able to have a baby in the future. im so scarred.

    so the pill can cause this ectopic pregnancy? its not something that could happen without taking the morning after pill?
  8. by   saccharin
    Originally posted by ceecel.dee
    They must list every possible complication and/or side effect of any medication, so the list can be of quite a few things regardless of what you are taking

    I imaging the list of possible side effects for the morning after pill would be at least as long as that of birth-control pills, although I haven't looked it up.

    Yes, I suppose the cost of the ultasound runs the $ amount up quickly, but please follow their recommendations. They know what they are doing, and they can, and will I suspect, explain it all very well to you.

    Are you also being checked for STD's? Ask them about this too!

    Good luck!
    i plan on following everything they say[if i do end up taking the pill tomorrow]. i have been only with one person and he has been only with me, so i am sure that we are both clean. but regardless, ive been wanting to be checked anyhow. would add on to the cost? or would they do it for free? thank you.
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    An ectopic pregnancy can happen anytime, even without any pills, but is not a frequent occurance.
  10. by   NursieRN
    At a previous job, the docs used to give out the morning after
    pill. Side effects were usually nausea and vomiting. The morning
    after pill is usually a high dose of birth control. It will terminate
    a pregnancy if you take it within 72 hours of the "incident". We
    didn't do sonos before giving it, (but requirements could have
    changed since then.)

    Is your appointment at a clinic? Family practice? Do you have
    Planned Parenthood clinics where you are?
  11. by   saccharin
    i made the appointment at a clinic. but i did some research and found a planned parenthood in my area. i think i will cancel the appointment and go to the pp center instead.
  12. by   NursieRN
    Saccharin, I hope you didn't change your appointment on my
    account, I was just asking where you were going. I was just
    trying to ascertain if they were familiar with these situations.

    Whatever you decide, I wish you luck. This must be scary for
    you. Keep us posted, ok?
    Please feel free to PM me if you need to.
  13. by   saccharin
    ohhh, no. i had looked up pp before i even read your post and i havent changed the appoinment yet. im going to the pp center much earlier than my scheduled app. if things go good with pp then i will change the appointment with the clinic. im not as worried anymore because you all have helped me greatly. i was going to get the emergency contraception no matter what, but i still wanted a little more information. thank you all very much for helping me. i think everything will turn out alright.
  14. by   rachel h
    I am not an ob nurse, but I know that the morning after pill is usually a high dose of a birth control pill. All of the side effects sound the same as with a birth control pill. The morning after pill will not terminate a pregnancy, but may prevent one from occurring if taken withing 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. As far as an ectopic pregnancy, that is when the fertilized egg doesn't descend down the fallopian tube and yes, it can be potentially life threatening.

    However, anyone providing you with medical care is required to tell you ALL the risks of any potential treatment or medication, no matter how small they may be. Hope this helps- Good Luck!

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