(up to 15.6 weeks from your last menstrual period)
How is it done?
The method used is vacuum aspiration. A small tube is inserted into the uterus and aspiration or suction is used to empty the contents of the uterus.
Does it hurt?
We make every effort to insure that you will be as comfortable as possible during the abortion. In addition to local anesthetic we offer sedation to help you relax and to decrease the cramping at no extra cost.
How long will I be at the office?
The entire visit takes approximately 2 hours. Before the abortion procedure you will have some forms to complete, lab tests and an ultrasound examination. You are also given an opportunity to talk with the physician, a nurse, a staff member to address any questions or concerns. After the procedure, you will rest in our recovery area for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Do I need anyone’s permission for an abortion?
Texas law requires parental consent for anyone under 18. Please contact our office for instructions. If you feel that is not an option, there is an organization that can help you obtain an abortion legally with out parental consent called Jane’s Due Process. They can be reached toll free at (866) WWW-JANE or contacted on the Internet at www.janesdueprocess.org.
Is it safe?
Abortion is a very safe, procedure that has been perfected over the past 30 years. In fact, it is considered one of the safest surgical procedures when performed by a skilled physician. Our physician has over 36 years of experience and his goal is to provide the best medical care in order to protect your future fertility. Complications are very rare and we have a "very low" complication rate. An abortion should not impact your ability to have children in the future.
How do I prepare for the visit?
We ask that you not have anything to eat or drink 6 hours before your appointment. Shower or bathe as usual and dress comfortably. As a courtesy to other patients, we do not allow children in our waiting area. Be sure to bring picture ID and your payment in cash, credit card or money order. If you are receiving sedation, it is required that you have someone to drive you home.
What does 24 hour consent mean?
Texas Law requires that you receive specific information from the clinic/physician at least 24 hours before having the abortion. Please call our office for details.
When can I return to normal activities?
Most women feel fine the day after the abortion and are able to return to normal activities. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you can return to work/school. You should monitor your own symptoms and be sure to take all medications as you were instructed. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions, please read these carefully and call if you have any questions or concerns.