Potomac Family Planning Center (PFPC)
Your choice is
a private matter
We believe every woman should be able to make choices about her pregnancy. Our job is to provide compassionate care safely, affordably and confidentially. That is why we have won the trust of generations of women.
Abortion by Pill
Abortion by Pill—Up to 10 weeks. No anesthesia or surgery required.
In-Clinic Abortion Procedure
In-Clinic Abortion Procedure—Up to 17 weeks. General anesthesia, IV sedation, or local anesthesia available.
Your appointment is prioritized and your time in the office is minimized.
In addition to abortion care, we offer gyn services and birth control services.
Counseling services available to discuss the best birth control options for you.
Birth Control methods include: the pill, the patch, Depo Provera (injection), Nuva Ring, IUDs.
Annual gynecological exams include breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears, and routine lab work.
Services are provided by gynecologists.
What to Expect
Compassionate care that is safe, affordable, and confidential.
Caring physicians with decades of experience.
Guaranteed privacy. All information about your health history and visit will be protected and kept completely confidential.
Friendly and understanding staff.
Follow-up appointments as needed.
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Serving Maryland, DC, and Surrounding States Since 1993
Potomac Family Planning Center (PFPC) is committed to providing private, safe, and affordable abortions and gynecological services to patients throughout the northeast United States.
Our team of physicians, including anesthetists, have years of experience in abortion care. The registered nurses, medical assistants, and receptionists are friendly and understanding. All staff members specialize in reproductive healthcare. Our clients are treated with respect, dignity and compassion.
We offer appointments most days of the week. We take appointments online or by phone (301-251-9124).
What our patients are saying
I walked out of another clinic and I am glad I did. I felt your facility was organized, comforting and safe. Abortion is a hard decision and you guys made it easier.
I was really impressed and comforted, starting with the friendly receptionist and throughout my entire appointment. The whole staff was helpful and understanding. I would highly recommend Potomac Family Planning Center to my friends.”
Everyone was so kind. It was the worst day of my life but everyone made it the best it could be.
In going through a traumatic experience (fetal abnormality) the staff made me feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone was polite, friendly and understanding and professional.
I am a PhD faculty member who teaches women’s health courses. My entire experience at your clinic was awe-inspiring. Clearly you are committed to your jobs and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such excellent health care. Your work, time and courage is so very much appreciated.
So grateful for such caring and non-judgmental people at this clinic. I would definitely recommend this facility with very high praise.
Words cannot express how comforting and caring everyone was.
Very clean, nice environment.
I appreciated a same day appointment. Everywhere else I called couldn’t schedule me for at least a week.
Is having an abortion safe?
Yes. Even minor complications are very rare, and our doctors are gynecologists who have decades of experience specializing in abortion care.
Can I get pregnant again after having an abortion?
You could become pregnant again right away. Abortion generally does not affect fertility. You should consider the day of the abortion as the first day of your period—ovulation normally occurs about 14 days later.
How do I know which anesthesia to choose?
General anesthesia is the best choice if you do not want to feel, hear, or remember anything during the procedure. The procedure lasts a few minutes.
Alternatively, Local anesthesia involves administering lidocaine into the cervix. This offers some numbing to the immediate area. You will be fully conscious during the procedure. You can drive yourself.
Finally, “twilight sleep” induces a light sedation via intravenous (IV) medication. The sedative will help you to relax during your procedure. However, you will be partially conscious and may feel discomfort.
Please note that twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore offices.
Do I need a referral? Or do I need to see my doctor to confirm the pregnancy?
No. We will perform all the required tests and gather all the necessary information during your visit.
How do I know whether to choose an in-clinic abortion or abortion by pill?
This is a personal decision. The pill must be done early in pregnancy—up to 10 weeks (70 days) from the first day of your last period. The pill option is more involved than an in-clinic procedure, and will require a follow-up visit. By contrast, an in-clinic abortion is more efficient than a pill. Everything is usually completed in one visit, while follow-up visits are optional.
Does it hurt?
If under local anesthesia, you should expect moderate to strong cramping—similar to a bad period—during and immediately after the abortion. Twilight sleep relaxes you, but you may still feel cramping during the procedure. General anesthesia will ensure that you are fully asleep during the abortion; you will feel only some light cramping when you awaken. Twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore facilities.
If you choose an abortion by pill, you should expect moderate to strong cramping after taking the medication at home.
How private and confidential is my visit?
Your appointment and all information about your health history and visit will be protected and kept completely confidential. We will not confirm your appointment by phone or email, other than to respond directly to an initial scheduling request. We will not release any information concerning you or your appointment without your permission. For ultimate privacy, you may also choose our Private VIP appointment option.
When can I go back to work?
Most people return to their usual activities the next day.