What To Expect At An Appointment in Gainesville, FL
We offer abortion services on specific days and times of the week and you will need to call the office to schedule an appointment. Abortion services are available throughout Northeast Florida including Gainesville, Palatka, Ocala and Tallahassee as well as Lake City, Crystal River, and Southern Georgia. If you are in an area where you are unsure where to seek abortion care, please call the office and we can help you find a clinic closest to you. If you are travelling and need assistance with directions, accommodations, or funding assistance for travel, please call the office so we can assist you.
The Day Of Your Appointment
- Wear a comfortable, two-piece outfit.
- If you choose to use IV sedation you must have a driver with you.
- Make sure you have a government issued ID with you. Florida has a Minor Parental Consent law so we need proof of age. If you don’t have an ID, please call the office so we can discuss other options for ID.
- For privacy reasons, we do not allow cell phones in our office.
- If you plan to use IV sedation, do not eat one hour before your appointment.
We understand that your time is important, and we will do everything we can to get you home safely and quickly. Generally, your surgical appointment will last about 2-4 hours. An RU-486 appointment will last about 1 hour.
On your appointment day you will give us a urine sample, fill out paperwork, have some lab work done, have an ultrasound and then meet with the Physician. The Physician will inform you about the procedure and discuss the risks, anesthesia options, aftercare, birthcontrol and she will address any and all questions or concerns that you may have.
If you are using the RU-486 you will take the Mifepristone medication, receive a take home bag with your second medication, prescriptions, check up appointment reminder card with pregnancy test, and aftercare information and then you are ready to go.
If you are having a surgical procedure you will see the Physician again and have the procedure. Once the procedure is completed you will be escorted into the recovery room where we will give you something to drink and a snack if you are hungry. Before you leave we will go over your aftercare instructions again and make sure you have all of your take home information and medications.
Every patient receives a local anesthetic. The Physician will use pain preventing medication (Lidocaine, Novocain – the same medication you may receive when you go to the dentist) on your cervix to numb it. Some people have their procedure only using the local anesthesia. If you only use the local, you should expect to feel moderate to heavy cramping during the procedure. As long as you have a driver you can also choose to have:
- IV sedation – Intravenous or “conscious sedation” is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during the surgical procedure. IV sedation will make you feel very sleepy and relaxed and you may not remember the procedure afterward
- Oral sedation – a sedative in pill form to help you feel relaxed and calm.
You can use any of these anesthesia options or none of them. The Physician will answer any questions you have about these options and you can decide which one is best for you on the day of your procedure.
It is important for us to know how far into the pregnancy you are so that we can provide a safe and effective procedure. Every patient will receive an ultrasound or sonogram. An ultrasound uses sound waves to view the pelvic area and does not hurt.
We will check your temperature, blood pressure and pulse. We will also take a small sample of blood from your finger to test your iron and to determine if you have a negative or positive blood type.
Blood Type / RH Factor
Women who have a negative blood type/are Rh negative will need an injection of Rhogam after an abortion. Rhogam will prevent antibodies from forming in your blood that would cause problems with future pregnancies or blood transfusions. There is an additional charge for this injection.
It is important to take care of yourself after a procedure. We’d like you to refrain from intercourse or using tampons for one week after your procedure (surgical or RU-486). We will give you an Aftercare Instruction sheet to take home with you that will describe how to care for yourself, any complications that may arise and how to contact us if they do arise. We have an on-call Nurse 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns. Check up appointments are always available for surgical procedures and are required for RU-486 procedures.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, bank drafts or cash. We do not accept personal checks and we are not able to offer payment plans. If you need assistance with payment, please call the office so we can discuss funding options and resources.