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Abortion Procedure Fees

What is included in your Abortion Fee?
What do other facilities not include in their fees?
How much does an abortion cost?
Are there any hidden fees?
I am looking for a free abortion - Do you perform free abortions at your clinics?
Do you have a payment plan?
Is the procedure covered by my health insurance?
Will my parents be informed if I use their insurance?
What if I change my mind while I am in the office, can I get all of my money back?

About The Women's Center

How long has the Women’s Center been in business?
Is the abortion performed by a "real" doctor?

Scheduling An Appointment

Is it necessary to come to the facility for a pregnancy test before my appointment?
Will I have to wait long for an appointment?
Are appointments available for evenings and weekend?
Is everything confidential?
Why does the entire visit require 2 or more hours in the facility?
Should I worry about protestors outside the Offices?

Abortion Procedures

What are some methods of Abortion?
How is a chemical Abortion, non-surgical abortion, RU 486, Abortion Pill,
Abortion by pill, instrument-free (Medical Abortion) performed?

What is the most common abortion medication used in the United States?
Up to how many weeks can the Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion, RU 486) be performed?
Are the Early Term Abortion medications safe to use?
How will I know if I am having some type of complication with the medical abortion (abortion pill) procedure?
What is the chance of the Medical Abortion Procedure (RU 486) working if it fails the first time?
How will I know the abortion is complete after the Medical Abortion (abortion pill) procedure?
If the Medication Abortion (Abortion Pill) Procedure does not work, can patients decide not to go through the abortion procedure?
Is there another abortion medication pill that I can take besides RU 486?
Can Abortion by Aspirin Be Done?
Where can I get the Abortion Pill?
Could you briefly describe the abortion process that occurs in your facilities?
What happens during an abortion?
How is a surgical abortion performed?
How effective is the surgical abortion?
How will I feel after the surgical abortion?
How long does the procedure take?
How will I know if the abortion procedure was successful?
Which procedure is better, the surgical or the chemical?
Which procedure is less painful?

Pain, Sedation and Anesthesia

Is the abortion procedure painful?
What are the differences between IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation, Deep Sedation, and General Anesthesia?
Does Abortion Hurt With Using the Abortion Pill Procedure?

After The Abortion Procedure

Are there any restrictions following an abortion procedure?
How long after having an abortion will I experience bleeding?
Can I return to work or school the next day?
Will an abortion have any effect on future pregnancies?
What happens to the fetus after the abortion procedure?
How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?
When will I have a normal period?
How soon can I get pregnant after an abortion?
If I can’t come back to the Women’s Center for my follow-up appointment, can I do a home pregnancy test or see my personal Physician?

Birth Control

Do you offer birth control?
When do I start birth control?
How long does it take for the birth control to be effective?

Abortion Procedure Fees

What is included in your Abortion Fee?

We have a global package that includes more in it than any other facility in the State of Florida at a very competitive price. We also run specials on a weekly basis so please ask when you call to set up an appointment. The fee includes blood and urine lab work that is specifically needed for the abortion procedure (hemoglobin, hematocrit, pregnancy test, urine dipstick, Rh typing), counseling, sonogram, post-operative medications (pain medication and anti-biotics), 20 minute oral HIV, Chlamydia screening test, H1N1 Vaccine (swine flu), regular IV sedation with the surgical termination procedure, and 1 month pack of birth control pills for patients who do not have a contraindication to taking birth control, and post abortion follow-up exam. If the abortion pill procedure fails, we do not charge extra for patients to undergo a surgical procedure except for an additional fee for IV sedation or general anesthesia.

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What do other facilities not include in their Fees?

Other facilities charge extra for H1N1 vaccine, HIV and Chlamydia screen. Both sexually transmitted diseases are on the increase in patients in the age group of 15 to 28 years old. We feel that all patients should be screened once a year for both of these sexually transmitted diseases. The Women’s Centers are proud to include in the price to have a abortion FREE HIV testing and FREE Chlamydia screening. It is our hope in the near future that we will be able to offer gonorrhea screening and Pap Smears for low or at no cost.

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How much money does an abortion cost?

The cost of a pregnancy termination varies according to gestational age, the choice of anesthesia, and the location. We strive to offer the highest level of quality care at the lowest possible cost. We believe that not only will our patients find our fees to be as low, and in some areas even lower than those of our competitors, but also that there are more benefits included with the cost of our services.

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Are there any hidden fees?

Other facilities charge extra for sanitary napkins, medications, sonogram, and charge extra for anesthesia (IV sedation) if overweight. When you ask other facilities how much does it cost for an abortion, please make sure that you ask about the above hidden charges. There are no hidden fees at our facilities. There is an extra fee if the patient is Rh negative and need a rhogam injection, or the patient requests Deep IV Sedation, Advanced Technology Sedation, or General Anesthesia. At times we reduce the fee for Deep IV Sedation or General Anesthesia. Please call our offices to find out what days of the week we are reducing the rates for anesthesia.

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I am looking for a free abortion procedure as I have no money to pay for a termination of pregnancy. Are you a free abortion clinic?

Free Abortion Clinics are not located in the United States. Abortions may be performed at lower costs if individuals are found eligible (or meet certain criteria). We understand that obtaining an abortion for some women and their families can be a financial challenge. At the Women's Center, we strive to keep our prices as low as possible, and offer more services than any of our competitors in our complete package, including the option of being completely asleep on certain days at specified facilities at no cost which is a $160.00 savings. Additionally, you can have a Free 20 minute HIV test ($150.00), Free 20 minute Chlamydia screening test ($50.00), and a Free H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination ($15.00). If you were to have all of these tests and vaccinations anywhere else it would cost $215.00. We are potentially saving patients up to $375.00. This is not to mention the education that you will learn from our counselors in prevention of STD's, pregnancy, and developing serious potential problems from the #1 STD in the US for young people (Chlamydia) which can lead to chronic severe pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, hepatitis, and even death. We at the Women's Center care not only about your immediate concern (pregnancy), but for your overall health in the future. We do accept some insurance plans, credit cards, money orders or cashier checks.

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Do you have a payment plan?

We regret that we are unable to provide payment plans. Payment is expected in full at the time of your procedure appointment. For your convenience we accept cash and all major credit cards, but we are unable to accept personal checks.

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Is the procedure covered by my health insurance?

Some policies do cover elective abortion; however many do not. You will need to contact your insurance company to determine if elective abortion is covered under your plan. If you belong to an HMO or PPO, you will need to ask about your out of network benefits and determine exactly what is available. Some patients are able to use their parent’s insurance if they are currently eligible under their plan. If you find that abortion is covered under your plan, please let us know and we will be happy to contact your insurance company to obtain verification.

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Will my parents be informed if I use their insurance?

This varies by insurance companies. It is important that you call your insurance company to inquire about their policy.

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What if I change my mind while I am in the office? Do I get all of my money back?

Once you fill out the paper work, go to lab, have a sonogram performed, and counseling, you will not receive a full refund of your money. The administrative costs for the above to be performed are $175.00 and this fee is non-refundable.

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About The Women's Center

How long has the Women’s Center been in been in business?

The Women’s Center opened its first office in 1996. The founder has over 25 years experience performing abortions. There are other physicians with as much as 40 years of experience providing professional abortion services.

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Is the abortion performed by a "real" doctor?

All of our physicians are licensed medical doctors. Our physicians are extensively trained and highly experienced in performing pregnancy terminations. All of our staff members are experienced and tremendously dedicated to providing the utmost care and attention to our patients. The safety and well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We take great pride in providing the highest level of quality healthcare to the women of our communities at the lowest possible cost.

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Scheduling An Appointment

Is it necessary to come to the facility for a pregnancy test before my appointment?
No. It is not necessary because we will be performing a pregnancy test along with your other laboratory tests on the day of your procedure.

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Will I have to wait long for an appointment?

All of our offices offer a wide variety of appointment times to meet your needs. We can arrange early morning or evening appointments. We will do our best to see you the same day or the next day from the time of your call if you choose.

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Are appointments available for evenings and weekend?

For the convenience of our patients, we are able to provide evening and weekend appointments at one or more of our five easily accessible facilities located throughout Florida. An exclusive VIP appointment can be scheduled for you to be the only patient in the office. Please call for details.

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Is everything confidential?

Yes, everything is strictly confidential. We cannot give out any information about a patient without her written permission.

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Why does the entire visit require 2 or more hours in the facility?

Although the actual procedure takes only a few minutes, there are various other important aspects to your visit. Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete medical history forms and read a variety of information and consent forms. You will receive laboratory tests which will include an analysis of your blood volume, your Rh factor, and a routine urinalysis which will also include a pregnancy test.

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Should I worry about protestors outside the Offices?

There are certain days and times when there may be several people standing on the public sidewalk. Our privately owned parking lots separate the demonstrators from our patients. Their techniques are to attempt to speak to you, give you pamphlets of literature that discourage you from having an abortion performed, tell you how unsafe the abortion procedure is, and eventually call you a child murderer, and say or do anything to prevent patients from coming in our offices. The best thing is to avoid them, not speak to them, and walk directly into our offices.

Although they can be annoying, loud, inappropriate, and harass patients, they have a legal right to voice their opinion on the public right of way. They are not allowed to walk onto our properties. If you have any concerns or would like to be escorted to and from your car, please let us know.

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Abortion Procedures

What Are Some Methods of Abortion?
Some of the methods of Abortion are the following:

  1. Menstrual Extraction: This method is used in early pregnancy (3 to 6 weeks) where a hand held manual suction device along with a sterile curette is inserted inside the cervix and the pregnancy tissue is removed.
  2. Dilation and curettage (D&C): This procedure is performed between 3 to 12 weeks gestation. The patient electively receives IV Sedation, Deep Sedation, Advanced IV Sedation, or General Anesthesia. The cervix is anesthetized with Lidocaine and then dilated with sterile dilators followed by insertion of a sterile curette the size of a straw inside the uterus and the pregnancy tissue is gently removed. The procedure is a 3 minute pain free safe abortion.
  3. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): This procedure is performed between 12.5 to 24 weeks gestation. This can require cervical preparation where the cervix is dilated and softened using Laminaria and prostaglandins. Laminaria is sterile seaweed that is placed generally over night that allows dilation of the cervix to occur. This reduces the incidence of cervical tears, bowel and bladder problems, and uterine perforation from occurring during the procedure. The procedure is described as in number 2 above, plus there may be special forceps used to help to manually evacuate the pregnancy tissue inside the uterus. Patients that are further than 21 weeks will also undergo fetal intra-cardiac injection with Digoxin which stops the fetal heartbeat instantly on day one of the D&E procedure.
  4. Prostaglandin or Oxytocin Inductions: This procedure is performed in patients that are 17 weeks and beyond. Both of these medications cause the uterus to contract which allows the cervix to open and within several hours there is passage of the fetal tissue.
  5. Hysterotomy: Rarely performed but occurs where there is a small incision made on the mother’s abdomen and the uterus is opened and the fetus is removed.
  6. Medical Abortions: Early Medical abortions are generally performed between 3 to 14 weeks gestation. Late Medical abortions can occur between 15 and 24 weeks.

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How is a chemical Abortion, non-surgical abortion, RU 486, Abortion Pill, Abortion by pill, instrument-free (Medical Abortion) performed?

A chemical abortion is also referred to as an instrument-free, non-surgical abortion, RU 486, Abortion Pill, Abortion by pill, or Medical” abortion because surgical instruments are not used. Medical Abortions (Abortion Pill) are performed over a course of one to three weeks requiring weekly visits. During the first visit the physician will perform a sonogram to determine the length of the pregnancy. The patient is given an oral form of Methotrexate, RU486, or Tamoxifen, or an intramuscular injection of Methotrexate which will stop further development of the pregnancy in the majority of cases.

You will insert a medication called Misoprostol into the vagina on the same day or up to 96 hours (5 days) (normally 48 to 72 hours) after your initial visit to the office. This medication will be in the form of small tablets and will cause the cervix to dilate without the need for surgical instruments. Within 2 to 6 hours after the tablets have been inserted, the patient will experience bleeding and cramping similar to a menstrual period. On the second visit (generally 1 week after the first office visit) the physician will perform a sonogram to determine that all of the pregnancy tissue has been eliminated. The success rate of a chemical abortion is approximately 94 to 99%. The earlier the pregnancy, the higher the success rate for a complete abortion to occur. Should the physician determine that the procedure was incomplete, a patient has two options: She may have the Misoprostol reinserted to encourage further elimination of the pregnancy tissue, or she may have a vacuum aspiration procedure performed.

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What is the most common abortion medication used in the United States?

The most common medication used in the United States is RU 486 which is also known as Mifeprex, Mifepristone, Abortion Pill, or French pill. RU 486 was approved by the FDA in 2001 specifically for termination of pregnancy. It works by altering the blood flow to uterine lining of the uterus as well as causing an increase in the intrauterine pressure that leads to inadequate blood flow to the pregnancy and uterine contractions which leads to spontaneous vaginal bleeding and miscarriage. There is approximately a 40 percent chance of the loss of pregnancy with the use of RU 486 alone if used in pregnancies less than 6 weeks gestation. The RU 486 pill has been found to be very safe and highly effective with a 96 percent success rate of termination of pregnancy up to 9 weeks gestation and near 100 percent for pregnancies less than 6 weeks gestation.

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Up to how many weeks can the Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion, RU 486) be performed?

Most Physicians in the U.S. do not go past 9 weeks from the last menstrual period. The European literature shows that the Abortion Pill procedure can be safely performed up to 13 to 14 weeks on an outpatient basis. There is a higher incidence of failure. There are Physicians in our facility that may allow a patient that meets certain criteria to do the Abortion Pill procedure up to 10 to 11 weeks.

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Are the early term abortion medications safe to use?

The medications used to terminate pregnancies in early term have been studied since the early 1980’s which means that they have been used for this indication for close to thirty years. There is less than a 1 percent chance of complications that occur. The most common is failure of the medications to work and the pregnancy continues to grow. Rarely does such heavy bleeding occur that a blood transfusion is required. Other complications include the possibility of retained tissue with possible uterine infection. There have been a few reported deaths related to a rare infection but there is no direct evidence that the deaths were directly caused by the medications that were taken.

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How will I know if I am having some type of complication with the medical abortion (abortion pill) procedure? The complications that are seen with the abortion pill procedure are the following which occur less than 1%:

  1. Heavy Bleeding. This occurs less than 1 percent of the time and usually resolves almost immediately when a surgical D&C is performed. It is very rare that a blood transfusion is required.
  2. Prolonged Bleeding. Bleeding with the abortion pill normally lasts anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks. It can last more than 30 days but this is seen in less than 1 percent of cases.
  3. Severe cramps. This can indicate that there is retained tissue (incomplete abortion) in which additional Misoprostol is used or a surgical D&C is performed to get rid of the tissue.
  4. Elevated temperature. Usually with temperature there is pelvic pain and possibly cramps. This indicates a high probability of infection. Patients are normally given a course of antibiotics and they undergo a surgical D&C.
  5. No bleeding or cramping. The number 1 reason for this is a failed procedure. There is a choice of repeating the Misoprostol dosage or performing a surgical D&C.

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What is the chance of the Medical Abortion Procedure (RU 486) working if it fails the first time?

The abortion pill procedure has a 94 to 99 percent success rate. No one knows why the procedure is not 100 percent effective. When patients return and either have an incomplete abortion or a failed abortion, they are offered more Misoprostol tablets to take as our experience shows that there is high percentage of success with the second dosage. If the patient decides that she does not want to take the Misoprostol tablets, then we proceed with the surgical abortion.

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How will I know the abortion is complete after the medical abortion (abortion pill) procedure?

You will not know 100 percent until you return for a sonogram to see that there is no presence of fetal or gestational tissue.

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If the Medication Abortion (Abortion Pill) Procedure does not work, can patients decide not to go through the abortion procedure?

Methotrexate and Misoprostol are known to be fetotoxic. In essence, they can cause severe fetal abnormalities and so therefore once these medications are used, one must continue with the abortion procedure. There have not been any fetal toxic problems reported with RU 486 in the literature. It is known for patients less than 6 weeks, there is approximately a 40 percent chance of an abortion occurring without the use of Misoprostol.

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Is there another abortion medication pill that I can take besides RU 486?

Yes. There are actually two pills that have been studied extensively in the medical literature. The first is Methotrexate and the second is Tamoxifen. Methotrexate has been used extensively since the late 1980’s in combination with Misoprostol to terminate pregnancies between 3 and 9 weeks gestation. This combination is 90 to 94 percent effective in causing termination of pregnancy. Tamoxifen has been used since the early 90’s to terminate pregnancies from 3 to 9 weeks gestation. Its success rate is equivalent to

Methotrexate. Both medications are very safe and efficient in terminating early pregnancies and can be used as a substitute or if the patient is allergic to RU 486.

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Can Abortion by Aspirin Be Done?

Aspirin is a anti-inflammatory medication that can cause thinning of blood such that it helps to reduce chance of blood clotting. There are no studies that show that taking aspirin will cause an abortion in early pregnancy. As a matter of fact anti-inflammatory medications have been used to help stop premature labor, and they are also used in early pregnancy along with Heparin to prevent miscarriages in patients who have had multiple losses of pregnancies and are found to have connective tissue disorders. Taking high doses of aspirin can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding and maternal death.

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Where Can I Get the Abortion Pill?

There are some people that order their Abortion Pills online from facilities or pharmacies outside of the United States. The problem with this is that patients are getting medications that are potentially unregulated and may or may not contain the medication, or the medication in the appropriate dosages. Without being under the care of a Physician and taking the Abortion Pills can be very dangerous in that if a serious complication occurs and one is not under the care of a Doctor, the patient could end of having a dire emergency which could be a matter of life or death for the patient. It is always advised to get the Abortion Pill from a licensed Medical Physician who is trained to perform surgical termination of pregnancies in case there is a medical problem. In addition; a sonogram should be performed on all patients to assure the exact gestation of pregnancy. The complication rate for medical abortion increases for pregnancies greater than 13 to 15 weeks gestation. There are many women where their pregnancy does not match their last menstrual period which can lead to very serious problems if the patient is not under the supervision of an experienced Physician.

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Would you please describe the Abortion Process that occurs in your facilities?

Because it may be comforting to discuss the procedure prior to coming in for your appointment, we encourage you to call us with any questions. You are also welcome to visit our office ahead of time to become familiar with our location and staff.

Your appointment will include the following:

  1. If you did not print and fill out the necessary forms online prior to your appointment, we will give them to you when you present to our receptionist.
  2. Lab work to measure your hemoglobin and determine your blood type and a urine test to perform pregnancy test, and documentation of vital signs
  3. Personal Abortion counseling to discuss the benefits and risks of the abortion procedure and Birth control education
  4. The abortion procedure and recovery

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What happens during an abortion?

The patient is taken to an exam room where she is placed on the exam table and gets into the same position as if a Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear are going to be performed. If she has elected to have IV Sedation, Advanced IV Sedation, Deep IV Sedation or General Anesthesia, that process is started. After the patient is noted to be comfortable, the remainder of the procedure occurs.

The cervix is anesthetized with Lidocaine, which is similar to Novocaine. The cervix is then dilated to allow for access to the uterus. A curette (hollow plastic tube comparable to a drinking straw) is inserted into the uterus, and the contents are then removed by manual or machine suction aspiration.

After a certain number of weeks pregnant, your cervix will need to be dilated (opened) with Laminaria (sterile seaweed), or Cytotec (medication that causes the uterus to contract) which causes the cervix to open. You may be asked to go home or to a hotel to return the following day for the actual surgery. Sometimes it may take 3 days in order for the cervix to dilate adequately before surgery is performed by removing or evacuating the pregnancy tissue with oval forceps suction aspiration.

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How is a surgical abortion performed?

The cervix is anesthetized with Lidocaine, which is similar to Novocaine. The cervix is then dilated to allow for access to the uterus. A hollow plastic tube comparable to a drinking straw is inserted into the uterus, and the contents are then removed by manual or machine suction aspiration.

After a certain number of weeks pregnant, your cervix will need to be dilated (opened) with Laminaria (sterile seaweed), or Cytotec (medication that causes the uterus to contract) which causes the cervix to open. You may be asked to go home or to a hotel to return the following day for the actual surgery. Sometimes it may take 3 days in order for the cervix to dilate adequately before surgery is performed.

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How effective is the surgical abortion?

In over 99 percent of cases, a surgical abortion is completely effective. A small percent of patients may experience pain, bleeding, fever, or retained tissue (pregnancy tissue remaining inside the uterus). This will require the surgical procedure to be repeated (re-aspiration). It is rare for a perforation of the uterus, bowel damage, bladder damage, or maternal death to occur.

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How will I feel after the surgical abortion?

It is during the first 10 to 15 minutes after surgery that patients have the most discomfort. This is caused by the uterus contracting and is comparable to menstrual cramps. There are a small percentage of patients that have cramps after leaving the office which is usually relieved by the post-operative pain medications provided. Tylenol, Advil and other over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used as well. For patients less than six weeks, you may have intercourse the following day after your procedure. For patients more than six weeks, they may not use tampons, have intercourse, or douche for 2 to 3 weeks after the abortion procedure.

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How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the length of your pregnancy the actual procedure may take from only 3 to 7 minutes.

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How will I know if the abortion procedure was successful?

Your pregnancy symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and decrease or increase appetite) will go away almost immediately. It may take a week or two for the breast tenderness and sensitivity to completely subside. If there is no bleeding greater than 2 pads an hour, a temperature greater than 100.4, or severe abdominal pain, then you can be fairly certain that the procedure was successful. If there are any questions or problems, you can always call the office at anytime.

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Which procedure is better, the surgical or the chemical?

This is an individual decision. Some women feel the surgical procedure is better because it is not drawn out over the course of a two to three week period. Other women feel the medical abortion procedure may be more advantageous because it can be done earlier in pregnancy, they do not want to undergo surgery or have pelvic exams, and they feel that the abortion pill offers more privacy since the procedure is generally completed at home. The insertion of the Misoprostol is taken with the patient’s companion, friend, or family member around which can be very important for the patient. Each woman may decide which procedure is best suited for her individual needs.

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Which procedure is less painful?

The level of discomfort varies from person to person because every individual has a different degree of pain tolerance. Most women feel that because the chemical procedure is less invasive, it is therefore less painful. If you are found to be less than 6 weeks gestation, the early surgical procedure has the advantage of immediate completion. You are able to return to your normal activities and have sex the following day.

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Pain, Sedation and Anesthesia

Is the abortion procedure painful?

With the different services that we offer for your comfort which include IV sedation, Deep IV sedation, Advanced Technology IV sedation, and General Anesthesia, there should be no reason that patients should experience pain or discomfort during the abortion procedure. Most patients after waking up experience a small amount of cramps for 10 to 30 minutes after the procedure which generally goes away without additional pain medications. We do have patients that undergo the surgical abortion procedure without any IV sedation and do very well. There are other patients that can experience a lot of discomfort without IV sedation which can cause the patient to move in such a manner that can lead to complications.

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What are the differences between IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation, Deep Sedation, and General Anesthesia?

The IV Sedation used helps to reduce anxiety and pain. It allows the patient to not remember or feel any discomfort during the surgical procedure. The patient remains awake and is able to follow verbal instruction very easily. The patient must bring an escort to drive her home after the procedure as the medications used can remain in the body for several hours

Our Advanced Technology IV Sedation uses medications that have a very short half life of 5 to 20 minutes which means that within an hour the medications are out of the patient’s body. This allows the patient to drive herself to and from the office without being accompanied by an escort. There are patients that want the abortion procedure to be an absolute private matter and this option is for that particular person. They are able to resume all of their normal activities as soon as leaving the office.

Deep IV Sedation uses medications that allow the patient not to remember or feel any discomfort or pain during the abortion procedure. They are able to respond to deep stimuli and her swallowing and other reflexes are still in place.

General Anesthesia is where the patient is completely asleep and does not respond to any verbal stimuli and may lose certain major reflexes. The patient does not remember of feel any pain or have any discomfort during the surgical abortion procedure.

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Does Abortion Hurt With Using the Abortion Pill Procedure?

Over 80 percent of women who use the Abortion Pill say that they would use it again if they had to have another abortion. Women who have had both abortions surgically or by the Abortion Pill prefer the latter. Over 50 percent of women who terminate their pregnancy using the abortion pill do not use any form of pain medications during the abortion process. Forty percent of women use only Tylenol or a anti-inflammatory medication for their discomfort. Approximately 10 percent of women need stronger pain medication to take. The majority of those women have never had any children.

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After the Abortion Procedure

Are there any restrictions following an abortion procedure?

There are only a few restrictions a patient must follow after an abortion procedure; however, these limitations are very necessary to achieve full recovery. Patients who are more than 6.5 weeks must not insert anything into the vagina for two weeks after having a surgical abortion. This includes no tampons, no douching, and no sexual intercourse. Swimming, tub bathing, heavy lifting, strenuous activity, sun bathing and standing for prolonged periods of time are also prohibited. After having a chemical abortion, there are very few restrictions. The first week after the procedure the restrictions are the same as the surgical abortion except that you may engage in intercourse when you feel comfortable.

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How long after having an abortion will I experience bleeding?

This will vary from patient to patient. The bleeding will be similar to that of a menstrual period. Patients may expect to have bleeding from one to seven days. Spotting may even be experienced for the duration of a month. The bleeding may be very light to somewhat heavy. Some blood clots may be passed, and this is considered normal.

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Can I return to work or school the next day?

Most patients can go to work or school and resume normal activities the next day. We ask patients who were over 6 weeks pregnant to avoid long periods of standing, heavy lifting, or pushing. These activities may cause increased bleeding and cramping. If your schedule involves heavy lifting or strenuous activity, we will provide a work or school excuse stating that you must avoid certain activities for a week. Patients less than 6 weeks pregnant and receive no IV Sedation can return to work the same day and resume their normal activities.

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Will an abortion have any effect on future pregnancies?

Having an abortion is greater than 10 times safer than having a full term labor and delivery. It is unlikely that you would experience any lasting complications from an abortion procedure; however, as with any type of surgical procedure there are always some risks involved. If there are no complications with your abortion procedure, then the chance of you having any complications in the future with pregnancies is extremely rare.

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What happens to the fetus after the abortion procedure?

Once a pathology exam is performed, it is disposed of according to Florida State Law.

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How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?

The majority of patients are relieved after the abortion procedure. Having an abortion is a very difficult decision for most patients. It involves moral, ethical, financial, social, and religious issues. Other feelings patients may experience are anger, guilt, and regret which generally only last 2 to 4 weeks. If these feelings last longer, the patient should speak with special services such as Exhale (www.4exhale.org) or Backline (www.yourbackline.org) which are free after-abortion hotlines.

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When will I have a normal period?

Most women will have a normal period within 4 to 6 weeks after having an abortion. It can take up to 3 or 4 months for a patients menses returns.

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How soon can I get pregnant after an abortion?

Patients can get pregnant as early as 10 days after having an abortion performed. Despite us always emphasizing to patients that they need to be careful and begin birth control immediately, there are many patients who return a month or two after the abortion procedure complaining of nausea, fatigue, and no menses. The pregnancy test is positive and the sonogram shows a new pregnancy.

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If I can’t come back to the Women’s Center for my follow-up appointment, can I do a home pregnancy test or see my personal physician?

When you come to the Women’s Center to have a medical abortion performed, you are agreeing to do your follow-up with us as we are the responsible party. More than likely, the reason that you did not go to your personal Physician in the first place is because he or she does not perform abortions which means they do not have the experience or the expertise to handle the complications that can arise with medical abortions. Additionally, pregnancy tests can remain positive for 8 to 12 weeks after a medical abortion procedure is complete. If you are certain that you are not going to be able to come back to our office for your follow-up exam, then we ask that you not have the Abortion Pill procedure.

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Birth Control

Do you offer birth control?

Yes. We evaluate every patient for the birth control method is best for her. Birth control pills or the Depo-Provera shot are immediately available in our Centers for your convenience.

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When do I start birth control?

When using birth control pills or the Nuva Ring, you start the first Sunday after the abortion procedure is performed. You may have the Depo-Provera shot immediately after the abortion procedure is performed.

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How long does it take for the birth control to be effective?

Birth control is effective in the first week to 10 days. Without starting birth control, women can become pregnant 10 days to two weeks after termination of their pregnancy. One must remember that sperm can live for 5 days, so it is possible for women to have unprotected sex 5 days after an abortion and become pregnant.

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