What to expect "before an abortion"? What to expect "after
Let us answer your questions here or by calling one of our helpful staff.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How safe is abortion?
Very safe. Our doctors are gynecologists who have years of experience specializing
in abortion care. It’s unusual to have even minor problems.
How do I know whether to choose a surgical
abortion or abortion by pill?
The pill must be done very early in the pregnancy, 49 days from the first
day of your last period. It is more involved than a surgical procedure and
may require more than one follow-up visit. Some women like the idea of using
medicine rather than instruments for the abortion. A surgical abortion is
more efficient than a pill because everything is usually completed in one
Will I be able to get pregnant again after
having an abortion?
Generally, abortion does not affect your fertility. You should consider the
day of the abortion the same as the first day of a period with ovulation in
about 14 days. You could become pregnant again right away.
Does it hurt?
Under local anesthesia you should expect to feel a lot of hard cramping similar
to a bad period during and immediately after the abortion. Twilight sleep
or IV sedation relaxes you but you still feel cramping during and after the
abortion. If you choose general anesthesia you are fully asleep during the
abortion and will only feel some mild cramping when you awaken. Twilight sleep
and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville facility.
How do I know which anesthesia to choose?
The local anesthesia is an injection of Lidocaine around your cervix, which
offers some numbing to the immediate area. You are fully conscious. If you
know you don’t want to see, hear or feel anything general anesthesia
is the better choice. Twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available
only in the Rockville office.
How private and confidential is my visit?
Your appointment and all information about your health history and visit are
protected and completely confidential. We will not confirm your appointment.
We will not release any information concerning you or your appointment without
your written permission.
Do I need a referral or do I need to see my
doctor to confirm the pregnancy?
No. We’ll perform all the tests and gather all the information we need
when you come for your visit.
When can I go back to work?
Most women return to their usual activities the next day. You will need to
avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 2 weeks.
Do you have any Female doctors?
Yes, we have a female doctor at our Hagerstown office.