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 abortions before the age of 45. All types of people, 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 people 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 and pain killers are available to help you with pain management.
How long will I be at the clinic?
Appointments for surgical procedures generally last about 2-4 hours, with the procedure taking less than 10 minutes. For Medical/RU-486 procedures, appointments last about one hour. 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 less than 10 minutes why am I at the clinic for so long?
Your appointment includes paperwork, lab work, meeting with the Physician, the procedure, and some recovery time. Some patients require additional medications that take time to become effective.
When can I return to work/school?
Most people return to work and/or school the day after their procedure. You may return to regular activities as soon as you want but if you experience an increase in your cramping and/or bleeding you may need to decrease your activity level.
Is my appointment confidential?
Yes! 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 parental consent or a judicial waiver for any minor seeking an abortion. If you are unable to tell your parent(s) about your decision to have an abortion and are unsure how to proceed, please call the clinic and we can provide you with additional information. You can also check this great website to learn about your rights and options for abortion services via judicial bypass: For Additional information regarding Teen Abortion Florida CLICK HERE
If your parent(s) or legal guardian knows about your decision to have an abortion, he or she will need to:
- sign and have notarized a “consent” form (we can e-mail, regular mail or fax this form or you can come by to pick it up prior to an appointment),
- accompany you to your appointment if the consent form has not been notarized and,
- they will need to bring photo identification AND legal documentation proving that they are your parent or legal guardian (a birth certificate or documents listing them as your legal guardian).
In addition, you will need to have a photo ID such as a drivers license, Florida ID card or school ID.
Do I have to bring someone with me?
If you are going to use a sedative or IV sedation 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, 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?
People 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 person from building up antibodies against Rh positive blood. If you have a donor card that shows your blood type you can bring it to your appointment.