Ultrasound Lab Tests (Rh Typing, Anemia Screening & Pregnancy Test)
Sample Package of Birth Control Pills if eligible
Ask About Private Abortion Appointments
1) What to expect
Non-surgical abortion, RU486, or the ďAbortion PillĒ are available to patients who are no more than eight weeks from their last menstrual period. This method is a good option for some people, but not all. The good things are that you get to be at home in your own space and have a friend or partner with you. Some patients also say that it feels more natural and less invasive. The downside is that it requires that you have at least 2 days off of work, and the bleeding and cramping is often more severe and lasts longer. Mifeprex (RU486) will be taken on the day of your appointment. You will take another medication, Cytotec, 24-72 hours later at home. This process lasts for several days and requires a follow up visit in two to three weeks.
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2) Before your appointment
There are several things that you can do before your appointment to make your
time here go more smoothly:
Have a light meal before you come to the clinic. We suggest
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Wear comfortable clothing. Dress in layers, as the clinic is kept fairly cool.
Wear or bring a pair of socks with you.
You will need a government issued photo ID. Please
make sure that you have this before your appointment. Driverís licences, state IDís, passports, and Resident Alien IDís are all acceptable. If you are having trouble getting an appropriate ID please call the clinic to discuss alternatives.
North Carolina has a parental consent law. If you are under the age of 18 you will
need a parent or legal guardian to come with you and bring their ID. They will
also need to sign forms consenting to your abortion. If you feel that you are
unable to obtain this consent there is a process called Judicial Bypass that
may be available to you. Please call the clinic to discuss any concerns. A non
surgical abortion is not always available to minors. In certain cases a minor
with a supportive parent may be eligible at the doctorís discretion.
Think ahead about any comfort items you would like
to have when you get home. Your favorite foods, a heating pad, and a good book
or movie may make your recovery easier. You will also need maxi pads and a thermometer.
3) While you are here
Because we pay attention to your body as well as your head and heart, your visit
will include several steps. Many of these steps will be similar to a surgical abortion.
Reception: You will check in at the front desk and be asked to complete a basic medical history. You will then be asked to present your photo ID so that a photocopy can be made. You will be given a packet of information and forms to complete.Back to top
Ultrasound: A staff member will do an ultrasound to determine where you are in your pregnancy. An ultrasound does not hurt and is the most accurate way to find out how many weeks pregnant you are. A non-surgical abortion is available in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, measured from your last normal menstrual period.
Laboratory: Several simple laboratory tests will be performed. The lab tech will take your vital signs and prick your finger. Blood tests to screen for anemia and check your blood type are necessary. If you have a negative blood type you will need a medication called Rhogam after you take the Mifeprex. This blood type is rare, so most people do not need this medication.
Business Office: You will be seen privately in the business office to review your medical history and pay your fee. We accept cash, money orders and all major credit cards. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept checks.
Counseling: You will meet individually with one of our trained counselors to review the abortion procedure, possible risks and complications, after-care instructions and your decision. This is an opportunity to have all of your questions answered and to discuss any concerns, fears, or doubts you are having. While a non-surgical abortion is a good option for some patients, it is not for everyone. The counselor will discuss this with you and help to determine which option is the best for you. Patient eligibility is always at the doctorís discretion.
Please understand that we are not here to make decisions for you or to talk to you into or out of anything. Deciding to have an abortion is a difficult decision for many women. Being pregnant when you do not want to be is hard. Religion, spirituality, family, physical conditions, and many more things play an important role in making this choice. It is important to pay attention to your whole self when making this important decision. Making the decision that is best for you is very important. If you make your own decision, based on your own beliefs, wants and needs, you are likely to experience relief, not guilt. If you allow yourself to be guided or pushed into a decision that is wrong for you, you are likely to experience guilt, anger and regret. Even if you are making a good decision, your own decision, you may feel sadness after your abortion. It is sad to lose opportunities, to say now to important life changes. Sadness is normal, and is an important part of the healing process. It may last for a few days or longer. You will pass through it. If you find that you need help getting to the other side of sadness, please talk to us. Our purpose is to provide you with truthful information, help you clarify your feelings, and above all support whatever decision you make regarding your pregnancy.
Exam and Mifeprex: An assistant will call you to the exam room.
We suggest using the restroom before you are seen by the doctor. The doctor will
do a basic pelvic exam to determine that your uterus and cervix are anatomically
able to pass a pregnancy using Mifeprex. The doctor will also review your consent
forms and the procedure with you. The doctor will then give you the Mifeprex
and a prescription for a pain medication.
Recovery: After seeing the doctor the assistant will take you to see the nurse. The nurse will give you detailed instructions and precautions as well as the Cytotec. With a non-surgical procedure it is advised to wait until after your check-up to begin birth control pills.
Most patients experience little to no side effects from the Mifeprex. You can do normal activities in the time before you insert the Cytotec. We do recommend avoiding alcohol or any strenuous activity. It is also important that you have nothing in your vagina between when you take the Mifeprex and when you return to the clinic for your check-up. This includes sexual intercourse, tampons, douching, swimming, or tub baths.
You will need to choose a time to insert the Cytotec somewhere between 24 and 72 hours after you take the Mifeprex here in the office. Plan for a quiet restful time that you have no other obligations. We recommend having someone with you to help you through the process.
You will insert the Cytotec vaginally and then lay down for thirty minutes afterwards. You may take the pain medication that was prescribed at the same time you insert the Cytotec. Patientís experiences with using these medications vary widely. Some say that it is just like a heavy day of a period, while others experience intense cramping and heavy bleeding for several hours. Most patients will have passed the pregnancy within 24 hours.
You should expect heavy bleeding and possibly large blood clots. However, if you are soaking through two or more pads an hour for more than one hour, or if your clots are larger than a lemon, you need to contact the clinic.
It is very important that you keep your appointment for a check-up. It is important to your health that we know that your abortion is complete. A follow-up exam is the only way to know that you are no longer pregnant and that your body has returned to normal.
There is a staff member on call 24 hours a day for patient's medical concerns. Please call (704) 551-0808 or (800) 952-9034.
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Counselor will provide you with the fee based on your needs. This is payable in cash, credit card or money order. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept checks. Payment must be made before you are seen by the doctor. We do not accept insurance here, but we are glad to help you complete the forms necessary for you to be reimbursed. Call your insurance provider to determine if abortion is a covered benefit.
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