How safe is abortion?
Abortion is now one of the safest surgical procedures available. A first trimester abortion is considerably safer than childbirth. Complications are very rare. According to National Abortion Federation statistics, only 2.5% of women who have an abortion have even a minor complication. Medical and suction abortion are both safe and effective methods to end a pregnancy.
What about future child bearing?
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, no medical data exists to support the claim that abortion interferes with having a child in the future. An abortion now will in no way prevent you from getting pregnant or delivering healthy babies.
Is the procedure performed by a certified Medical Doctor?
Yes. We insist on any physician working with us to be board certified and experienced. Our Ob/Gyn surgeons each have over 20 years of experience and expertise in women’s health services.
Will I be embarrassed coming to the Annandale Women and Family Center?
No, we are located in a private medical office and we offer primary care to women and men. Abortion services are provided within the primary care setting and no one will be aware of the purpose of your visit. As in any other private practice we do our utmost to protect the confidentiality of your visits.
My husband/boyfriend is against my having an abortion.
Making the decision to terminate a pregnancy can be difficult. If you do not think you are ready to handle the responsibilities of raising a child, you should not be forced to have a baby by your husband or boyfriend. Ideally you and your partner should come to a decision together, but in the end the choice is yours.
Is the abortion procedure painful?
If you choose general anesthesia, asleep, you will feel no pain during the abortion. Some women feel no pain with the local anesthesia, awake, and others feel mild to moderate cramping that resolves in 10 to 15 minutes.
What is a medical or pill abortion?
This is a pregnancy terminated by taking medicine to cause a miscarriage in very early pregnancy. Mifepristone causes the pregnancy to detach from your uterus. Misoprostol causes the cervix to open, uterine contractions, and the expulsion of the pregnancy. The combination of drugs is 90-95% effective. If they do not work you will need to have a suction abortion as these medicines cause severe birth defects.
What restrictions do I have after an abortion ?
Most women go back to work or school the next day. You need to avoid putting anything in the vagina for 3 weeks to prevent infection. It is important to come back for your follow up check up in three weeks. This visit is included in your fee and is the only way to make sure the abortion was successful.