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FAQs

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

 

At our New York Abortion clinics our qualified and experienced physicians offer surgical abortion care in a SAFE and non-judgemental environment. Our compassionate staff are here for you every step of the way.

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, abortion is eleven times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin injection.

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There is no evidence of childbearing problems among women who have had an abortion early in their pregnancy. Of course, as with any outpatient surgery, part of the long-term effect is in your hands. Taking all your medications, following instructions, and returning for your follow-up examination will reduce your chance of long-term side effects. If you are concerned about this risk, do not hesitate to ask your provider about it and they will be able to answer your questions more specifically.

Every person responds to and tolerates pain differently.

Abortion patients are generally surprised at how well they feel physically after their abortion. When using general anesthesia, there is obviously no pain.

On rare occasion, after the procedure, the patient may feel some mild cramping.

When using local anesthesia, some patients experience cramping during the procedure but it is usually very mild.

With the “Gentle Touch Procedure” there is usually less cramping and recovery is almost instantaneous with the patient able to go about their everyday routine as soon as the procedure is done.

Each office offers pain management options. General anesthesia is always available and will put the patient to sleep for several minutes.

Be prepared to spend anywhere from two to four hours at the doctor’s office.

You must bring a support person with you to your appointment, to drive you home and care for you in the first 24 hours post-procedure.

We recommend that you discuss this with the office before making an appointment. Most offices discourage or prohibit bringing children since it is a long visit and waiting is hard on everyone.
There is no reason to expect protestors but the office does not have control over their absence or presence.

Surgical abortions are performed using a suction/aspiration method where the cervical muscle is gently dilated (widened) approximately to the diameter of a ballpoint pen and suction is used to remove the pregnancy.

A non-surgical abortion is performed by the administration of Mifeprex (“RU-486”). RU486 is approved by the FDA for non-surgical abortions. Commonly known as the Abortion Pill or medication abortion.

The cost of the procedure is related to the number of weeks you are, the type of procedure that you choose to have and whether or not you qualify for financial assistance.

Please call the office for further details. We will be happy to fill you in.

Many insurance plans cover the costs of both surgical and non-surgical abortions.

We recommend that you call our office and ask if we accept your particular insurance plan.

Be prepared with your insurance ID number when you call.

We will be able to answer all of your questions.

Although we are not able to provide financial help, there are funding networks that might be able to help you with the cost of your abortion.

In addition, our offices have done an extraordinary job of keeping the cost of abortion accessible to most women.

NY abortion accepts New York State Medicaid only.

On the day of your appointment, you need to bring your current Medicaid enrollment form and at least one form of picture identification.

Your coverage needs to be verified before you come for your appointment.

We’re a member of the National Abortion Federation (“NAF”)

You matter

In no uncertain terms, we care about you. Be assured that we will do everything possible to make certain that your experience at our office is as safe and as comfortable as possible.