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So you’ve just taken a pregnancy test…and it’s positive. If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion, it’s important to schedule an ultrasound first. Why? It is required by law to have an ultrasound—also called a sonogram—before an abortion in Texas. But here are a few more reasons why it is so important:

  1. Find out how far along you are. It is important to know how many weeks pregnant you are when considering abortion, as your abortion options will vary depending upon how far along you are. For example, the abortion pill is only available to women 10 weeks pregnant or less.
  2. Determine whether the pregnancy is viable. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can help determine whether your pregnancy is viable—meaning likely to result in a healthy baby—and whether an abortion will be necessary.
  3. Make sure your pregnancy is progressing normally. In some cases, pregnancies develop in such a way that the mother’s health could be at risk. These types of abnormal pregnancies, including ectopic and molar pregnancies, are rare but can have severe consequences if not addressed quickly. They will never develop into a viable pregnancy. If either of these types of pregnancies are suspected, you will need to visit an OB/GYN’s office instead of an abortion clinic.
  4. Be fully informed. It’s important to have all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision. An ultrasound will give you valuable information you need in order to make the right choice for yourself.

Need to schedule a FREE ultrasound or lab-quality pregnancy test? Give us a call today at 214-343-9263 or schedule an appointment online now.

From Oak Cliff to Garland and Irving to Park Cities, our four Dallas-area clinics will offer a convenient location for you.


Did you know that Dallas County recently saw the highest increase in chlamydia and gonorrhea in the nation?

Each year, there are more than 20 million newly-diagnosed cases of sexually transmitted diseases and infections in the United States. When left untreated, STDs and STIs can have serious and potentially life-altering consequences. Physicians recommend yearly testing at minimum to prevent major health problems including pelvic inflammatory disease, increased HIV chances, infertility, and even brain damage. It is especially important to be tested and treated for STDs and STIs if you are currently pregnant or plan to be pregnant in the future. 

1. Who is at highest risk?

According to the CDC, those at highest risk for STDs and STIs include adolescents and young adults, men who have sex with men, and some racial and ethnic minorities.

2. What are the symptoms of common STDs and STIs?

The most common STDs and STIs in Dallas County are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. If you suspect you might have one of the infections listed below, it’s important to see your doctor or visit an STD/STI testing clinic as soon as possible.

  • Chlamydia. Early infections can often have few or no symptoms. Some symptoms are mild and can be easy to miss. Those infected may experience one or more of the following:
    • Painful urination
    • Pain in the lower abdomen
    • Vaginal discharge
    • Penile discharge
    • Testicular pain
    • Painful sexual intercourse in women
    • Bleeding between periods and/or after sex in women
  • Gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can affect multiple parts of the body, although it is most common in the genital tract. It often causes few or no symptoms, especially at first. Some symptoms could include:
    • Genital tract infections in women:
      • Painful urination, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, bleeding between periods or after sex, increased vaginal discharge
    • Genital tract infections in men:
      • Painful urination, pus-like discharge from penis, pain or swelling in one testicle
    • Infections in other parts of the body:
      • Rectum: itching, pus-like discharge, bright red blood on toilet paper, straining during bowel movements
      • Eyes: eye pain, sensitivity to light, pus-like discharge from one or both eyes
      • Throat: sore throat, swollen lymph nodes
      • Joints: if joints are infected by bacteria, they may be warm, red, swollen, and extremely painful
  • Syphilis. Syphilis has three stages that vary in symptoms. You may even have syphilis and not show symptoms for years. Syphilis can be life-threatening. Symptoms and stages include:
    • Primary syphilis. Small sores called chancres, usually in genital area. Chancres heal on their own in a few weeks, but that does not mean the infection is over.
    • Secondary syphilis. After the chancres heal, those infected may experience a non-itchy rash that eventually covers the whole body. Symptoms can also include sores in the mouth or genitals, muscle aches, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms may come and go for up to a year.
    • Latent syphilis. If syphilis has still not been treated after the secondary phase, it moves to the latent stage. The infected person will have no symptoms. This stage can last for years.
    • Tertiary syphilis. This stage affects 15-30% of people who don’t get treatment. This is when the disease can cause brain and nerve damage, as well as damage to eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, and bones.
    • Congenital syphilis. Babies born to women with syphilis can become infected through the placenta or during birth. While they may have few or no symptoms at first, it can lead to deafness, teeth deformities, and a condition that causes the bridge of the nose to collapse.

3. How can I prevent STDs and STIs?

According to the CDC, here’s how you can prevent STDs and STIs:

  • Practice abstinence. The only 100% way to prevent STDs is not to have sex.
  • Use condoms. You can still get certain STDs and STIs even with correct condom usage, but it will lower your chances.
  • Have fewer partners and make sure you both get tested regularly.
  • Get vaccinated. Speak with your doctor about your vaccination options.
  • Make STD and STI testing an annual priority.

4. How can I get tested?

Contact your doctor, or if you live in Dallas County, click here to learn more about the county’s free STD/STI testing.

Thrive Women’s Clinic does not perform STD testing, but we can make referrals and address concerns or questions relating to STDs/STIs, abortion, pregnancy, sex, etc. Contact us to schedule an appointment for pregnancy testing today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Irving to Park Cities, our four Dallas-area clinics will offer a convenient location for you.

*Information about STD/STI symptoms is from the Mayo Clinic.


Abortion costs can vary from clinic to clinic. The cost will also be affected by how far along you are and whether you have an in-clinic abortion or take the abortion pill.

If you are considering abortion, the first thing you should do is find out more about your pregnancy so you can make an educated choice. Make an appointment at a clinic where you can have your pregnancy confirmed and learn all of your options. You will want an ultrasound performed to determine how far along you are and whether the pregnancy is likely to progress normally or result in miscarriage. It is important to educate yourself and to be informed so you can make the right choice for yourself without added pressure from anyone else—including family, friends and partners.

In Dallas County, abortion costs can range from $450 to more than $1,000. Thrive Women’s Clinic provides ALL services free of charge, and while our staff does not perform abortions, we do offer lab-quality pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, as well as education about all of your options—including abortion, adoption, and parenting.

Make an appointment online today for your free pregnancy test and options counseling.

Have other questions we didn’t answer? Contact us to schedule an appointment today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Irving to Park Cities, our four clinics will offer a convenient location for you.


Have you recently taken a pregnancy test and received a positive result? If so, you may be wondering how far along you are in your pregnancy. Here’s how to calculate how many weeks pregnant you might be:

  1. Count back to your last period. The easiest way to determine how far along you are is by counting back to your last period. This determines gestational age, which is how physicians measure pregnancy. Pull out a calendar and mark the first date of your last period, then count how many weeks between that date and today’s date. For example, if you started your last period on May 1 and today is June 26, you would be approximately 8 weeks pregnant.
  2. Count from date of conception. Do you happen to know the exact date of conception? If so, you can count 266 days (38 weeks) from that date. Most people can’t pinpoint an exact date, but if you only had sex once during your ovulation window (typically days 10-17 in a 28-day cycle), you can probably assume that was the date of conception.
  3. Get an ultrasound. This is the most reliable method if you don’t remember the first date of your last period or if you have irregular periods. Your OB/GYN will be able to measure your baby and track his or her development to determine your due date.

Have you taken a positive pregnancy test? Do you need a pregnancy confirmation or help determining your due date? Our clinic offers all services free of charge—including lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. We want to empower women like you as you make choices about your reproductive health.

Contact us to schedule an appointment today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Irving to Park Cities, our four Dallas-area clinics will offer a convenient location for you.


What do I do if I missed a period? How do I know if I’m pregnant? What do I do if I have a positive pregnancy test? If you have any of these questions, you’re in luck—we have the answers! Here’s what you should do next if you think you might be pregnant:

  • Take a pregnancy test. Head to the nearest drugstore and pick up a home pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests are quick, easy, and very accurate when used correctly. Can’t afford a pregnancy test? Click here. If your pregnancy test is negative, many physicians recommend taking another one about a week later to confirm that you are not pregnant. If your test is positive, then your next step is to…
  • Call your doctor. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN as soon as you see a positive result. Early prenatal care is necessary for your health as well as your baby’s. Your doctor will be able to tell you how far along you are, assess whether the pregnancy is viable (certain conditions that result in a nonviable pregnancies, such as molar or ectopic pregnancies, can be life-threatening if not treated), and give you essential information about how to care for yourself and your baby during pregnancy. Don’t have a doctor? Click here.
  • Explore your options. Unplanned pregnancies can feel overwhelming. If you are pregnant and you aren’t sure what to do next, give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our medical staff does not perform abortions, but they will discuss all of your options with you—parenting, abortion, adoption—so you can make a confident decision. Appointments at Thrive Women’s Clinic are always no-cost, judgement-free, and confidential.
  • Find a support system. Unsure where to turn? We are here for you. Our compassionate counselors and medical team will support you and care for you every step of the way. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.

Have other questions we didn’t answer? Contact us to schedule an appointment today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Irving to Park Cities, our four clinics will offer a convenient location for you.


The Abortion Pill FAQs: 3 Thing to Know

What is the difference between Plan B and the abortion pill? What happens to my body when I take the abortion pill? How do I get the abortion pill? We hear these questions in our clinics almost daily. If you have questions about the abortion pill, read on to learn more about what it is and what it does.

Is the abortion pill the same thing the morning-after pill (Plan B)?

No, the abortion pill is not the same thing as the morning-after pill. The morning-after pill is designed to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and/or fertilization of an egg. It is a form of emergency contraception that is designed to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

The abortion pill is designed to end pregnancy. The pill contains mifepristone and misoprostol. These medications block hormones that help babies grow in the womb and cause the uterus to contract, resulting in a medical abortion. The abortion pill can only be taken prior to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

What happens when I take the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is actually two medications administered on two different occasions. The first medication, mifepristone, blocks a pregnancy hormone called progesterone. This leads the lining of the uterus to break down and end the life of the developing baby.

The second medication, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the developing baby. It usually takes 24-48 hours. After this medication is administered, women experience strong cramping and heavy bleeding.

After the medications have been taken, there is a third clinic visit to confirm that the abortion was successful. If not successful or if not all the parts were expelled, a life-threatening infection could occur if not treated immediately.

I think I want the abortion pill. What should I do next?

If you are considering the abortion pill, it is important to educate yourself so you can make a confident decision. Please give us a call or schedule an online appointment. Our compassionate advocates and medical staff don’t perform abortions, but will talk with you about all of your options and will administer a lab-quality pregnancy test and/or sonogram to see how far along you are. Appointments at Thrive Women’s Clinic are always no-cost, judgement-free, and confidential.

Have other questions we didn’t answer? Contact us to schedule an appointment today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Addison to Park Cities, our four clinics will offer a convenient location for you.


Three FAQs about Abortion in Dallas

1.) I already bought an at-home pregnancy test. Why do I need to come in and be tested with you?

The pregnancy tests offered by Thrive Women’s Clinic are lab-quality, high-sensitivity tests with instant results. Our tests are the best medical-grade quality that are available to medical professionals.

At Thrive Women’s Clinic, our pregnancy tests are up to 99% accurate and:

  • are done in a clinical and private setting with licensed medical professionals
  • results will be shared with you during your appointment
  • are a part of our pre-abortion screening process for women considering abortion in Dallas

2.) I am 16, does a parent have to come with me for my appointment when considering abortion in Dallas?

No, you may come in without your parents knowing. Even though you are a minor, you have the right to confidential help. We can’t provide your records to any person without written authorization from you. This is done to protect your privacy during a time that you need a discreet place to discuss your options.

3.) What do you mean that I “may not need an abortion”? How can you tell?

Many women can avoid a decision about what to do with their unplanned pregnancy, because many end naturally in a miscarriage. A limited ultrasound exam done by an experienced and licensed medical professional at Thrive Women’s Clinic can determine if it appears that your body may be preparing the pregnancy for a miscarriage. Who wants to go through the pain, cost and risk of an abortion if it’s not necessary?

At Thrive Women’s Clinic, we know you have the power and the right to choose what’s best for you. Regardless of what you’re considering, from abortion to adoption, we provide all the education and resources you will need to make the best decision. We are here for you. All of our services are no charge with no insurance required. Call us at 214.343.9263 or schedule online with us today!

 


3 Easy Tips to Tackle Spring Cleaning

SPRING CLEANING >> Everyone loves the first half of this word, spring, because we think of warmer days and bright sunshine. Yet we dread the second half of this word, cleaning… But why? Cleaning signifies a bright and refreshing start! Learn how spring cleaning can be fun and not so daunting with these three tips.

 

Create a Check List: Make a list of each room or project you want to accomplish, listing them in order of importance. Place your first priority at the top so it’s sure to be accomplished! Place a box or circle next to each item so as you accomplish them you can physically check them off your list. This helps you track your progress and you feel rewarded after completing a task.

Take Inventory: Be sure to go through your cleaning supplies before starting. Do a mental walk through of each room you plan to clean and think about what items you may need. If you begin cleaning without the proper supplies, this will force you to stop and head to the store. This will halt your progress and may interrupt your focus.

Set Your Environment: Skip the coffee this morning and let your environment wake you up! Open all your blinds and windows, let the sun shine through and soak up the vitamin D.  Then find your favorite music playlist and crank up the volume – you’ll be an unstoppable cleaning queen!

 

Room by room, line by line, your check list will get smaller and then all of a sudden, you’re done! What a great feeling of accomplishment. Now you can grab a refreshing cup of lemonade, kick your feet up and enjoy your wonderful clean home.

 

Happy Spring Cleaning!


What Making Your Bed Each Morning Says About You

Was it just me, or did your mom always pester you to make your bed every morning, too?  “It takes 2 minutes!” “You aren’t going to get to go to that event you’re looking forward to if you don’t start making your bed each morning!” “I’m done buying you the things that you ask me to buy until you start taking the time to make your bedroom look better.” – Love, Mom

But really… when I was younger, my mom insisted that I make my bed.  And I just didn’t understand.  I always had the same response, “Mom, I am literally going to crawl back in it in 14 hours.”

Somehow, that was never good enough.

As I have grown up, and I have my own home now, I suddenly know what my mom was doing.  She wasn’t just asking that I make my bed… she knew that if I could make making my bed a habit, it would do so much more for me.  Here’s what making the bed each morning says about you:

  • You’re a very productive person. If you get up every morning and you make your bed a priority, instead of scrolling through your phone, you’re already off to a more productive start for the day.
  • You have self-discipline. If you make your bed a priority, you are choosing to spend 5 minutes of your morning making your bed instead of wasting those 5 minutes elsewhere.  Whether that be scrolling on your phone, or messing around in the mirror, or playing with your dog… you are exercising self-discipline and you’re conquering the necessary tasks before the useless ones.
  • You care enough about your mind, that you want to declutter it when possible. Removing clutter and/or the appearance of messiness, also removes mental clutter and messiness.  Make your bed.  Have a clutter-free room when you leave every day.  And in return, you will begin your day with a clutter-free mind each morning.
  • You’re prepared for things you don’t want to do.   Who wants to make their bed?  Well, I personally don’t know anyone… however, by doing something you don’t want to do, you are preparing yourself and getting in the habit of doing tasks that you don’t particularly care about doing… each and every day.

It all starts with making the bed.  Once you start making the bed, and you get the feeling of satisfaction first thing in the morning, you will want to do more to feel accomplished.  For example, if you make your bed, and there is a pile of clothes in the corner… if you make your bed and declutter that area of your room, you will likely want to have a completely clutter-free room, and you’re likely going to put your clothes away too.  Why only do half of the project when you could accomplish the entire things and feel so much better?

Just try it!  Make your bed for a day, then a week, then a month… make it a habit!  You won’t be upset you did!


Affordable Summer Trip Ideas

Summer is on its way.  We can tell by the warmer weather that is coming our direction.  Not sure about you, but we are excited!  The warmer temps, longer evenings, and more sunlight is making us impatient.  But we can do it, we can wait.  It will be here before we know it!

I think the reason that summer is always so exciting is because of the immense amount of time we get to spend with family and friends.  A lot of times, we take vacations with those people.  However, as we get older, and expenses grow up as well, sometimes it is harder to afford a vacation every summer.

Have no fear!  Here are a few affordable summer trip ideas for you and your summer-time folks while on a budget –

  1. Jump in the car and drive! No matter where you live, you can always get in the car and drive.  Sometimes a couple day road trip is all you need with your besties.  Sun in the sky, windows down, fresh air, and singing at the top of your lungs is all affordable and totally doable.  The only expense you will have is gas money!  However, if you decide to get a way and stay at a hotel, you might have that cost as well.  Sometimes time away is all we need!
  2. Hike or walk nearby trails. It’s a proven fact that spending time in nature and exercising can help reduce stress.  And if you don’t live near mountains or hills, you can find a trail and enjoy yourself just the same!  So, grab your water, gather your friends, and get your booty outside.  You are sure to forget about the outside world and feel secluded from your worries and anxieties.
  3. Lock yourself out (or in!) If you live in the country, lock yourself out of your house (not really, but don’t allow yourself to go inside) and enjoy nature to it’s full extent.  Pitch a tent and camp with friends!  Spend your entire day and night outside, relaxing, and hanging out.  If you live in the city, and camping isn’t an option at your home, stay in!  Open all of your windows so you can enjoy the sunlight and do all the things you love.  Light all your candles, smell the fresh air, watch your favorite summertime movies, and step away from the world for a bit.

Vacation doesn’t always mean leaving home and spending intense amounts of money.  A day or two to get away and rest your mind is all a person needs.

Sometimes you don’t need a reason to get away… just go!  You deserve it.  Clear your mind, go vacation, and return back home refreshed and ready to take on the world!