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What To Expect On The Day Of Your Appointment
- Wear a comfortable, two-piece outfit.
- If you choose to use oral sedatives and/or a painkiller you must have a driver with you or a ride home.
- If you plan to use oral sedatives, do not eat before your appointment
- Make sure you have a government issued ID with you.
- We do not allow cell phones in our office. It is a violation of privacy as most cell phones have built in cameras.
We understand that your time is important and we will do everything we can to get you home safely and quickly. Generally, your surgical appointment will last about 3-4 hours, and if you are scheduled for the abortion pill (RU-486) your appointment will last about 2 hours.
On the day of the procedure you will; fill out paperwork, give us a urine sample so we can confirm your pregnancy, meet with the physician for an ultrasound and discussion about the procedure and risks, have some lab work done, meet with an information counselor to discuss the procedure, anesthesia options, risks, options, birth control, aftercare instructions, and to address any and all concerns that you may have.
Once your pre-processing is completed, you will meet with the physician and have the procedure. When the procedure is over you will be escorted into the recovery room where we will give you something to drink and a snack if you are hungry. Before you leave we will go over your aftercare instructions again and make sure you have all of your take home information and medications.
If you are using the abortion pill (RU-486) you will meet with the physician, take the Mifepristone medication, and then you are ready to go.
- Oral sedation – you may choose to use a sedative during your procedure. It will make you feel relaxed and calm.
- Oral pain reliever – you may choose to use an oral anesthetic/painkiller during your procedure. This medication will make you feel relaxed and will help lessen and manage the pain you may feel during the procedure.
- Local anesthesia – every patient receives this. The physician will use pain preventing medication (Lidocaine, Novocain – the same medication you may receive when you go to the dentist) on your cervix to numb it. Many women have their procedure only using the local anesthesia. If you only use the local anesthesia, you should expect to feel moderate to heavy cramping during the procedure.
You can use any of these anesthesia options or none of them. Your information counselor and physician will answer any questions you have about these options and you can decide which is best for you on the day of your procedure.
It is important for us to know how far into the pregnancy you are so that we can provide a safe and effective procedure. Every patient will receive an ultra sound or sonogram. A sonogram uses sound waves to view the pelvic area and does not hurt.
We will check your temperature, blood pressure and pulse. We will also take a small sample of blood from your finger to test your iron and to determine if you have a negative or positive blood type.
Blood Type / RH Factor
Women who have a negative blood type/are Rh negative will need an injection of Rhogam after an abortion. Rhogam will prevent antibodies from forming in your blood that would cause problems with future pregnancies or blood transfusions. There is an additional charge for this injection.
It is very important to take care of yourself after a procedure. We will give you an aftercare Instruction sheet to take home with you, and in addition, we are always available to answer any questions. We will also set up a check-up appointment with you – this appointment is included in the cost. If something comes up and you are unable to keep the appointment please call the office to check in and/or reschedule.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or cash. We do not accept personal checks.
We understand that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is not an easy one and we strongly support your ability to decide what is best for you. You are the most important person involved in your health care. Your informed decision making regarding your care is important to us. It is our sincerest concern that your experience at one of our clinics is positive, and that you are taken care of in a pleasant, professional, caring manner.