In our last blog, we discussed things to consider when choosing an abortion provider. Today, we’re giving you some additional questions to ask before you have the procedure done. At Focus Women’s Center, we believe it’s important to be fully educated before you proceed with any option.
How many visits are required? Your abortion may require more than one office visit. You should make sure that all these visits are included in the original cost estimate provided to you by the provider. Please note, it is important to have at least one consultation prior to the abortion to discuss the procedure with the doctor and have all your questions answered. We also recommend you have at least one follow-up visit with your provider after the abortion that includes an ultrasound to ensure that it completed and that you are healing as expected.
Can a friend or parent come with you to your appointments? It’s a good idea to have a support person with you for emotional aid, as well as a backup in case you unexpectedly find yourself unable to drive home after the appointment. However, if you plan on going alone, we recommend you ask ahead of time if you’ll be able to drive home after the procedure or if you will need a ride.
What abortion procedures do they offer at the clinic? Abortion clinics can vary in the types of abortion procedures that they offer. Some only provide medical abortions, whereas others may provide medical and surgical abortions. Specific surgical abortion procedures offered might also vary depending on the clinic as well. Gestational age (how far along you are) determines which abortion procedure you qualify for. Using the date of your last menstrual period is not always accurate. Therefore, an ultrasound is recommended to calculate exactly how far along you are so you can ensure the clinic offers the appropriate procedure for your needs. Although here at Focus Women’s Center we do not provide abortions, we do offer free ultrasounds to determine gestational age, as well as information on all available abortion options.
What happens if the abortion does not complete? A very small percentage of the time a medical abortion will not complete, or products of conception may be left inside after a surgical abortion, and you may need further intervention. If this happens, what is the clinic’s policy? Will you be charged for an additional procedure? Does the clinic provide that procedure, or would they refer you elsewhere?
What can you expect in terms of side effects and risks? Whether you are taking the abortion pill or having a surgical abortion procedure done, you can expect certain side effects. It’s important to know what to expect so you can prepare accordingly. Will you need to take time off from work or school? Are you expected to take it easy for a few days, or will you be back to your normal routine immediately? How much bleeding and cramping is normal – and for how long? What are signs of complications that require further medical attention, and where should you seek medical help? Is there someone available 24/7 should you have questions or concerns after their normal business hours? What risks are involved with your procedure?
If you’re planning on having an abortion or are considering it, Focus Women’s Center in McHenry, IL is a good first step because we can confirm your pregnancy, provide a free ultrasound to determine gestational age, and give you information on your abortion options. While we do not provide abortions or refer to any specific abortion provider, our licensed medical staff is specially trained to educate you on all your options in a caring, supportive environment. Call 815-322-1585 today to schedule your free appointment with a nurse.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). (2022). Abortion care. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/induced-abortion?utm_source=redirect&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=int
Committee on Practice Bulletins—Gynecology and the Society of Family Planning. (2020). Medication abortion up to 70 days of gestation, 225. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2020/10/medication-abortion-up-to-70-days-of-gestation