Frequently Asked Question
Is it common to have an abortion?
According to the National Abortion Federation, nearly half of all U.S. women of reproductive age have an abortion before the age of 45. All types of women, from different races and ethnic groups, ages, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds have abortions.
Does it hurt?
Like most medical procedures some pain and/or discomfort may be involved. Some women feel only mild cramping while for others the procedure is painful. Most of our patients say the procedure wasn’t as uncomfortable as they had imagined it would be. Sedatives, pain killers and nitrous oxide gas are available to help you with pain management.
How long will I be at the clinic?
Appointments for surgical procedures generally last 3 hours, with the procedure taking only 5 minutes. For Medical/RU-486 procedures, appointments last about 2 hours. We understand your time is important and we will do everything we can to get you on your way home safely and quickly.
If the procedure only lasts 5 minutes why am I at the clinic for so long?
Your appointment includes paperwork, lab work, an individual information session, the procedure, and some recovery time.
When can I return to work/school?
We suggest and encourage you to refrain from heavy lifting and rigorous activities until after your check up appointment. Many women return to work and/or school the day after their procedure. You may return to normal activities as soon as you feel up to it but if you experience an increase in your cramping and/or bleeding you will need to decrease your activity level.
Is my appointment confidential?
Confidentiality is one of our biggest concerns. No one can obtain information about you or your procedure without your written consent. Our staff respects a patient’s right to privacy and will not release any information without written consent and proof of identification.
I’m a minor. Can I have an abortion without my parents knowing?
The State of Florida requires either parental notification (not consent!) or a judicial waiver for any minor seeking to terminate their pregnancy. If you are unable to tell your parent(s) about your decision to terminate a pregnancy call the clinic and we can give you information about judicial waivers. If your parent(s) or legal guardian knows about your decision to terminate, he or she will need to:
- sign and have notarized a waiver form (we can mail or fax this form or you can come by to pick it up prior to your appointment),
- accompany you to your appointment and,
- they will need to bring photo identification AND legal documentation proving that they are indeed your parent or legal guardian.
In addition, you will need to have a photo ID.
If you are a minor and unsure how to proceed, please call the clinic and we can provide you with additional information.
Do I have to bring someone with me?
If you elect to use a sedative or pain killer you must have someone with you to drive you home or someone that can pick you up.
What should I wear?
You should wear a comfortable, two-piece outfit (you will only need to undress from the waist down), and underwear that you can put a pad into. Sometimes the clinic is chilly, so bring a long-sleeved shirt or sweater.
Why do you need to know my blood type?
It is important for us to know if you have a positive or negative Rh factor to help ensure the safety of future pregnancies. Women with a negative Rh factor require a Rhogam injection with each pregnancy, regardless of the outcome. This injection keeps the body of a Rh negative woman from building up antibodies against Rh positive blood. Bringing documentation of your blood type with you will save you from having to have your Rh factor typed on the day of your appointment.