In-Clinic Abortion

Performed from approximately 5 weeks to approximately 17 weeks.

In-clinic abortion is a commonly performed procedure with a very low rate of complication. Most women feel better quickly and are back to their normal activities the day after the procedure.

How do I know if a medication abortion or an in-clinic abortion is best for me?

 

All in-clinic abortions are performed by a licensed, experienced gynecologist. The procedure uses aspiration to empty the uterus and usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.

You will meet privately with a clinician who will explain the procedure, review your after-care instructions, and help you with your birth control choice. During the procedure, a clinician will be with you at all times. A nurse will monitor and discharge you from the recovery room.

Your Visit Will Include:

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A full health history

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Pregnancy test

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Blood work

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Ultrasound or exam to determine the length of your pregnancy

We offer three levels of anesthesia available:

Local Anesthesia

Your cervix will be numb and you will receive pain medication. You are awake during the procedure and will feel strong cramping. You are able to come alone and drive yourself home.

General Anesthesia

ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR ROCKVILLE AND CATONSVILLE LOCATIONS
The most popular anesthesia choice. IV medication is administered by the anesthesiologist/anesthetist and you are given just enough anesthesia so that you do not experience any pain for the few minutes it takes to perform the abortion. You will not feel anything during the procedure and will awaken in the recovery room with the nurses after the abortion is complete. In order to safely administer the general anesthesia, you may not have anything to eat, drink or smoke from midnight the night before and you need someone to drive you home.

Twilight Sleep or IV Sedation

ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR ROCKVILLE AND CATONSVILLE LOCATIONS
Light sedation administered by an anesthesiologist/anesthetist. It relaxes you but you remain conscious. You are awake and aware of your surroundings. Patients respond differently to twilight sleep so we do not know exactly what you may feel but it will help with the discomfort. Twilight sleep is restricted for some patients due to weight, age and other factors. In order to safely administer the IV sedation, you may not have anything to eat, drink or smoke from midnight the night before and you need someone to drive you home.

We're Open 5 Days a Week

We offer appointments most days of the week for your convenience. We take appointments by phone (301-251-9124, Rockville OR (410) 788-4400, Catonsville ) or you can request one online.

Monday to Friday : 9am – 5pm

Saturday : 9am – 2pm (Rockville and Catonsville locations)

Confidentiality Notice

The information asked online is no different than what you would be asked over the telephone. Your information will be transmitted by secured, encrypted e-mail. Though we make every effort to keep your information secure, it is still possible that the information you provide could be captured by individuals who are engaged in illegal internet observance. By providing and submitting your confidential information, you accept the risk of sending this information by e-mail to Potomac Family Planning Center(“PFPC”) personnel. When submitting by e-mail, you also agree not to hold Potomac Family Planning, it's subsidiaries, including its employees or agents, liable for any damages you may incur as a result of the transfer or use of this information.

Private Insurance

To use your private insurance provide the insurance information 24-48 hours prior to your appointment.  You may call our office before your appointment to see what is covered.

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You will need to bring a photo ID and your health insurance card to your appointment. Any other payments can be made by cash or credit card.

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We are providers of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Carefirst, and Maryland Medicaid.

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Federal Insurance plans, DC and VA Medicaid DO NOT pay for abortion services.

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We are NOT providers of Allegiance, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Keepers, Highmark, and United Healthcare.

Insurance Verification

We accept most pre-verified insurances to cover abortion services in all of our facilities. All of our facilities accept MD Medicaid. If your insurance is through an employee of the federal government it will not cover abortion services. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover the procedure, we do work with local funding programs.

Insurance Verification Form: Patients may fill out their insurance information for prior verification. Insurance information must be received more than 24 hours before a scheduled appointment to be verified by the appointment time.

PREGNANCY CALCULATOR

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Select First Day of Last Menstrual Period:

Probable date of conception:

 

Fetal Age Today:

 

Funding Assistance

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Programs designed to assist patients with no insurance or other means to pay for their care with supplemental financial support. You have no obligation to repay any grants made for you.

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Assistance programs are phone-operated and you must call directly to the service.

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These programs have our information and will send your pledge directly to us.

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You may receive support from more than one funding program.

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Other funding programs exist and your case manager may refer you to additional funding services which are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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Call us (301-251-9124, Rockville OR 410-788-4400, Catonsville) in advance if you are receiving other funding so we can ensure it is accepted.

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Schedule an appointment before calling the funding assistance programs.

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