In the State of Ohio you are required to have a consultation and ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to any type of abortion service. During this visit you will:
- Meet with a nurse to discuss your medical and contraceptive history.
- Have a small amount of blood work done.
- Have an ultrasound to determine the status of your pregnancy and we will also provide a urine pregnancy test if needed.
- Meet with a patient advocate in order to ask questions and discuss your decision and options, in a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere.
- Meet with the doctor to sign a 24 hour consent, and discuss possible risks and complications that go along with abortion and continued pregnancy.
Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill) up to 9.6 weeks
How it works:
Day 1 Visit:
Day 2 Visit:
During your second appointment, our doctor will give you an oral dose of Mifepristone and a dose of Misoprostol to take at home 24 to 48 hours later. Once you take the Misoprostol you may experience cramping in as little as 20 minutes. You will have cramping and bleeding, and the pregnancy will be expelled. Most women pass the pregnancy in 24 hours, but it could take up to 48 hours. We will give you prescriptions to manage any pain or nausea you may experience.
Symptoms and Side Effects
Most women will experience cramping and bleeding similar to a normal heavy period. You may see blood clots and tissue that come from the uterus. This is an expected part of ending the pregnancy.
Bleeding or spotting lasts an average of 9–16 days and may last for up to 30 days. In rare cases (1% of the time), bleeding can be very heavy and may need to be stopped by a surgical procedure.
Common side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, dizziness, and diarrhea.
Surgical Abortion up to 15.6 weeks
The surgical abortion is a safe and very effective way to end a pregnancy. The procedure itself takes only about 5 minutes. We offer various pain and anxiety relief options to make you comfortable for this short procedure.
How it works:
We offer outpatient surgical abortion from 5 through 15.6 weeks from the date of your last menstrual period. The surgical method is a simple medical procedure that usually takes 3–20 minutes (depending on how far you are into your pregnancy). In the first trimester (through 14.6 weeks) our physicians use a silent vacuum aspiration technique. For second trimester abortions, our physicians use dilation and evacuation (D&E) because it is the safest and gentlest method. Ohio law requires at least 2 visits to get an abortion. The first visit will last about 1 hour. On your first visit, you can expect:
Day 1 Visit:
Day 2 Visit:
The length of the second visit will depend on what services you are having. It can take anywhere from 2–6 hours. When you schedule your second visit, we will give you an estimate of how long it will take and any special instructions you will need to follow. Our staff will support you during your procedure. Afterward, you will rest for a while in the recovery room. You will receive detailed instructions for what to expect after your abortion. After your abortion your body will go through changes due to a dramatic drop in the hormones of pregnancy, but you should begin to feel normal within 24–48 hours after the procedure. Any nausea, vomiting, or fatigue you may have experienced should go away within 24 hours. You may feel bloated for a few days. Feel free to eat whatever you want, but don’t overdo it if you have had nausea and vomiting. You can return to work or school as soon as you feel able, often the next day. Also, we can provide a medical excuse up to the first 3 days. Most women will have a period within 4–6 weeks. Please be aware that if you are not using birth control, you could become pregnant again even before your next period begins.
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