Pregnancy-Related Services

CHOICES provides compassionate and comprehensive prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care as well as abortion services.

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Pregnancy-Related Services

CHOICES provides high-quality reproductive health care to women and teens at low or no cost. Our pregnancy-related services help individuals and families to plan for their desired family size and spacing of children or to prevent an undesired pregnancy.

A Pregnancy test works by checking your urine (pee) for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). If you’re pregnant, your body makes the HCG hormone. If your pregnancy test results are positive, it means you’re pregnant. At CHOICES, you can get a free urine pregnancy test by appointment or walk-in. Free pregnancy tests are completely confidential for patients of all ages. Sometimes a person begins to suspect she is pregnant when she missed a period, notices her body beginning to change in different ways, or develops other physical symptoms. After you receive your pregnancy test results at CHOICES, you can meet with a counselor for pregnancy options counseling or birth control options counseling if your pregnancy test results are negative.

How well does it work
58-94% Effective

How to use?
Works better the sooner you take it after unprotected sex. You can take EC up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Pros
Can be used while breastfeeding. Available at pharmacies and CHOICES. Women of any age can get some brands without a prescription.

Cons
May cause stomach upset or nausea. Your next period may come early or late. May cause spotting. Does not protect against HIV or other STIs. May cost a lot.

Being unable to get pregnant when you want to can be extremely frustrating and emotionally draining. At CHOICES, we are here to help figure out why you and your partner have not been able to get pregnant. If you are 35 or younger, it is recommended that you make an appointment for an infertility consultation if you are off birth control and have been having sexual intercourse for one year and still haven’t gotten pregnant. If you are over 35, you should make an appointment after 6 months of having sexual intercourse off of birth control. If you are 40 you should make an appointment as soon as possible. 

If you have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, CHOICES offers Natera ANORA genetic testing to help find genetic conditions that may have caused these outcomes. If the test results show that you or your partner are positive for genetic conditions that resulted in the miscarriage or stillbirth, a referral will be made to a genetic specialist to develop a plan going forward. 

Being unable to get pregnant when you want to can be extremely frustrating and emotionally draining. CHOICES offers women a variety of comprehensive gynecological care and fertility treatments. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant and haven’t been successful, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment at CHOICES, for a fertility assessment.

Our Fertility Management Program offers Fertility assessment, management and treatment of infertility including miscarriage testing (add link to that section). If needed, CHOICES can refer you to a trusted Fertility Specialist for further treatment, including In-Vitro Fertilization, also known as IVF.

Miscarriage Testing (Anora by Natera) is available at CHOICES to help determine why a miscarriage occurred. Testing is performed on the tissue from the pregnancy loss. The results obtained from testing can reduce a patient’s emotional burden and information from the results can improve the chances of a future successful pregnancy. If the cause of the loss is determined to be due to a chromosome abnormality in the fetus, parents can usually be reassured that the chance of recurrence is low and avoid a costly medical work-up.

Miscarriage Testing can be helpful if you:

  • want to better understand why you had a miscarriage
  • have had more than one miscarriage
  • have had a child or previous pregnancy with a chromosome abnormality
  • want to understand recurrence risks


Why choose Anora?

  • Anora can identify the reason for a miscarriage and rule out chromosome problems as the cause.
  • Anora is the most comprehensive miscarriage test for chromosome abnormalities and returns a result >99% of the time.
  • Anora was the first test on the market to differentiate between maternal and fetal DNA, enabling maternal cell contamination (MCC) to be ruled out.
  • Anora can determine whether a chromosomal abnormality originated in the egg or sperm.
  • Anora’s results are returned quickly—in about one week.
  • Anora can be used on losses that have recently occurred and on losses that took place several years ago.
  • Anora offers complimentary pre- and post-test information sessions with board-certified genetic counselors.
Our Prenatal Team includes a provider, board certified obstetrician, licensed nurses, licensed counselors, and a clinic support staff. View our prenatal care services here.

Sometimes getting pregnant can have serious consequences; the mother’s age, lifestyle issues, domestic violence, substance abuse, health problems, lack of resources or no support may make it impossible to keep a baby. One of the most important and valuable aspects of the CHOICES Prenatal Program is its ability to inform and educate pregnant women on all the options available to her. Adoption isn’t easy, and the decision to put a baby up for adoption is not a simple one. CHOICES' counselors will help you understand the lifelong consequences of this decision and assist you in taking the next steps.

If a woman is interested in adoption, CHOICES' counselors will coordinate a referral to one of our trusted adoption agencies that will provide information on the adoption process and post-adoption services available for open or closed adoptions.

Abortion is another alternative that is offered to pregnant women who want or need to end an unwanted pregnancy. Choices Women’s Medical Center has been providing abortion services with respect, honesty and a high level of professional care for the past 50 years. CHOICES offers medical (the “abortion pill,” available up to 10 weeks of pregnancy) and surgical abortions (up to 24 weeks of pregnancy). No matter your personal circumstance, your income or your age, CHOICES is here to help with an experienced, dedicated medical and counseling team, a state-of-the-art facility and the highest quality healthcare practices to keep you safe. CHOICES accepts most major health insurances, can fast track you to Medicaid, and work with you to see if you are eligible for other government assistance programs. 

So go online to make an appointment or call 718-786-5000 to speak to a Patient Representative and make an appointment.

Each patient is provided the opportunity to process her feelings about her pregnancy, and together with the counselor, she will have the space to explore all of her options and alternatives to make the best choices for herself.

Medical Abortion, also called the “abortion pill” or RU 486, is a non-surgical early abortion option (up to 10 weeks of pregnancy). If you qualify, you can get a no cost medical abortion at CHOICES.

Learn more about the abortion pill here.

CHOICES offers surgical abortions to women up to 24 weeks pregnant. No matter your personal circumstance, your income or your age.

Learn more about surgical abortion here.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) is a brief, safe surgical procedure to open the cervix and empty the contents of the uterus, usually using suction (vacuum aspiration). It is the most common method for treating early miscarriage as well as the preferred method of abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

In a private counseling session, each patient has the opportunity to discuss her decision to have an abortion. In this safe, confidential space, the patient can have an honest dialogue about this very important decision that she has been empowered to make for herself.

You may experience a wide range of feelings after your abortion. Most women ultimately feel relief after an abortion, however, some women may feel anger, regret, guilt and/or sadness. Serious, long-term emotional problems after abortion are about as uncommon as they are after giving birth. You may be more likely to have emotional problems after the abortion for certain reasons. Some of these reasons are: 

  • Having a history of emotional problems before your abortion
  • Having important people in your life who aren’t supportive of your decisions to have an abortion
  • Having non-supportive religious beliefs
  • Having a history of physical abuse or sexual violence
  • Having to terminate a wanted pregnancy because your health or the health of the fetus is in danger. If you want to talk with someone after your abortion, we at Choices Women’s Medical Center are here for you. We will arrange an appointment for you with a licensed social worker so you may talk it over a confidential, non-judgmental counseling session.

Pregnancy Symptoms

If you are in your childbearing years and your monthly period is a week or more late, you might be pregnant. However, a missed period can be misleading if you have an irregular menstrual cycle.

Other common early signs can include:

  • Tender, swollen breasts.
  • Nausea, sometimes with vomiting.
  • Increase in urination.
  • Feeling sleepy or tired

Other, less-common signs include moodiness, bloating, light spotting, cramps, constipation, food dislikes, or nasal congestion. These signs, however, can indicate other things besides pregnancy. And you can be pregnant without experiencing them. It’s important to get a pregnancy test as soon as you suspect you might be pregnant.

Schedule Your Appointment

Our team of board-certified medical professionals and support staff offer safe, trusted, comprehensive care and services at the highest level. Our state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of Jamaica Queens, NY.

Schedule an appointment with CHOICES today.