The decision to terminate a pregnancy is not an easy one to make. But, if you have already decided to have an abortion, be assured that you are not alone. Here at Complete Healthcare for Women, our physicians and staff will provide private and confidential one-on-one treatment and will support you every step of the way.
A surgical abortion is a surgical procedure requiring no incision or cutting. It is considered minor surgery and is one of the safest medical procedures.
First Trimester – Suction Curettage (through 12 weeks LMP)
Suction Curettage is a safe surgical procedure that can easily be performed on an outpatient basis. The abortion procedure takes only a few minutes, using gentle aspiration or suction to empty the uterus. In our office, we use deep sedation. A nurse anesthetist will administer medication in an IV that will most likely allow you to be pain free during the procedure. You most likely won’t feel, hear or remember anything of the procedure.
Mid-Trimester – Dilation and Evacuation
The “de” abortion procedure is also a safe surgical procedure. Because the pregnancy is further along, the cervix must be dilated (enlarged) more gradually. Laminaria, a small sterile material that absorbs moisture, will be inserted into the cervix on the first day. This will dilate the cervix gently overnight and you will return to the office the next day for the procedure. Our nurse anesthetist will administer medication in an IV that will most likely allow you to be pain free. You most likely won’t feel, hear or remember anything of the procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You may not eat or drink after midnight the day of your procedure.
You must have a driver due to the sedation you will receive. When you arrive for your pre-op consultation, you will complete some medical forms then have an ultrasound to determine how long you have been pregnant. You will meet with a physician who will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Ohio law requires you to wait at least 24 hours after your consultation prior to having a termination. All post-operative medication prescriptions and written instructions will be given at the time of the procedure.
If you are a minor, you must have one parent with you to consent to your abortion. That parent must also have identification. If you cannot bring one parent, judicial bypass is available.
You must bring your full fee with you in cash, certified check or debit card. We also accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card. We do not accept personal checks under any circumstances.
Most women feel fine the day after the abortion. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you may be able to return to work/school. You should monitor your own symptoms.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
Is abortion safe?
Abortion is the most common outpatient surgical procedure in the country. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a leading public health research organization, a first trimester abortion is 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin injection.
Will having an abortion prevent me from having children in the future?
There is no evidence of childbearing problems among women who have had an abortion early in their pregnancy. OF course, as with all outpatient surgery, part of the long-term effect is in your hands. Complications can occur but are rare. Taking all your medications, following instructions and returning for your follow-up examination will reduce your chance of long-term effects. IF you are concerned about this risk, please do not hesitate to ask.
Is abortion painful?
At our center, we use deep sedation. A nurse anesthetist will administer medication in an IV that will most likely eliminate pain. You most likely won’t feel, hear or remember anything of the procedure.
How long will I be at the office?
Be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours.
When can I resume normal activities?
Most women feel fine the day after the abortion. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you may be able to return to work/school. You should monitor your own symptoms. You are not permitted to drive the day of the procedure if you have IV anesthesia.
Can I bring someone with me?
We do require that you have someone to drive you home on this day, due to the sedation. Please do not bring small children with you on the surgery day since it is a long visit and waiting is hard on everyone. If you bring children on procedure day you will be asked to reschedule.
Will there be protestors?
Occasionally we do have protestors. We are not a clinic, we are a private office. So when you come to our office no one knows why you are there.
Will my insurance cover?
Many plans cover the cost of an abortion. Please call our office to discuss your particular insurance.
What areas and Cities in Ohio Do You Accept Patients From?
We readily accept patients from Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio for all of our qualified Doctor conducted abortion services.