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Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of abortion is best for me?”

Women who are no more than eight weeks into the pregnancy have the option of either a surgical or medical abortion. For most, a first trimester surgical abortion (suction curettage) presents less of a risk than a medical abortion. During the procedure, the physician uses suction to empty the uterus. A medical abortion, on the other hand, requires a combination of medications to end the pregnancy.

Will the surgical abortion hurt?”

A surgical abortion can cause cramping, similar to the cramping experienced with a menstrual period. Pain medication is given before and after the procedure. The procedure lasts only 4-8 minutes, depending on how far you are into the pregnancy. With assistance of the medical assistant and pain medication, most women are able to get through the procedure with minimal difficulty.

Can my boyfriend/husband/mother/friend be in the procedure room with me?”

No, only medical personnel are allowed into the surgical area. This is both for your safety and for confidentiality reasons, but we will always keep your loved ones informed of your progress.

How long can I expect to be at Lovejoy?”

Although the actual procedure itself lasts only 4-8 minutes, you can expect to be at Lovejoy for more than three hours. There are medical forms to be completed, lab work and an ultrasound to be done, educational materials to review as well as individual counseling sessions and recovery time. So there are a lot of “other” time-consuming parts of your visit here. Time can be saved on your appointment day by downloading and completing one of our Patient Health History forms before you arrive.

Patient Health History form [pdf]

What forms of payment are accepted? | Is there a payment plan? | Is there any financial assistance available?”

You can pay by cash, or credit card – Visa, MasterCard or Discover. No personal checks can be accepted. Payment must be made at time of your service. There are limited payment plan arrangements possible for those who are later second trimester patients. And there are some funds available for financial assistance.

I had an abortion last week and I’m testing positive on a home pregnancy test. Am I still pregnant?”

We strongly encourage you not to do a home pregnancy test before returning for your follow-up appointment at Lovejoy, or with your own doctor. Pregnancy hormones levels can be detected with a pregnancy test for three to four weeks after a surgical or medical abortion, even though you are no longer pregnant. Doing a home test can be confusing and unnecessarily frightening. We recommend you return for your follow-up visit two to three weeks after your surgery to confirm that you are no longer pregnant.

Will a Doctor be able to tell I had an abortion?”

It is unlikely that a doctor will be able to tell that you had an abortion after your cervix has healed, which takes about three weeks after an abortion. However, a pregnancy and abortion procedure is an important part of your medical history, and we encourage honesty with your doctor. We also understand the fear and concern of being “judged” or treated badly by medical personnel. Most OB/GYN’s are supportive of all reproduction choices, including abortion. However, there are some anti-choice doctors. Ask us and we can recommend good, supportive gynecologists.

Will I be able to get pregnant after my abortion?”

There is no evidence of fertility or childbearing problems after an abortion. Having an abortion does not interfere with your ability to have children in the future.