Reasons why you have decided to have a late abortion may come from an unforseen change in your life circumstances, a medical condition, financial hardship or a fetal anomaly (abnormal indications).
Almost always women seeking services for termination of a desired pregnancy over 20 weeks have developed serious complications. This usually means the discovery of a catastrophic fetal anomaly or genetic disorder that guarantees death, suffering, or serious disability if the pregnancy were to continue to term.
Occasionally, women seek to terminate pregnancy because of her own severe medical illness or a psychiatric indication.
To have a late abortion procedure should be YOUR decision. We will treat you with the utmost kindness, dignity and respect you deserve. Our staff will ensure that your time with us will be spent in a SAFE, caring, and comfortable environment.
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Late Abortion (Over 20 Weeks)
A late abortion can be performed through 23 weeks or occasionally longer on a case-by-case basis. Because a late abortion requires more care, appointments are scheduled on 3 consecutive days, with the final procedure taking place on the 3rd day under general anesthetic.
Late abortion between 20 – 24 weeks requires a procedure referred to as a D & E, meaning dilation (of your cervix) and evacuation (of the pregnancy).
You will get to know our medical team and speak privately with a reproductive health counselor. In addition, our doctors will take gentle medical and surgical steps to end the pregnancy. The late abortion procedure (Dilation and Evacuation) will be performed once dilation is sufficient. The time it takes varies from woman to woman.
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Your 1st Appointment Before An Abortion
During your first appointment at Lovejoy SurgiCenter abortion clinic, we’ll confirm that you are pregnant with a FREE pregnancy test and an ultrasound. Then you’ll meet with one of our counselors to talk about all of your choices. If you decide to go ahead with an abortion, you’ll learn more about the abortion procedure before an abortion. Plus, we will learn about your options for preventing another unexpected pregnancy.
Bring the Patient Health History form [pdf] to save time. This printable, 2-page form should be filled out before you come to Lovejoy. All patient information is kept confidential and is never shared outside of Lovejoy without your permission. We want you to feel safe knowing that your privacy is always protected.
Day of Your Abortion
This may be the same day as your first appointment if your pregnancy is early (between five and 10 weeks). If so, shower or bathe as usual before coming in and dress comfortably. Take any prescription medications at the usual times unless you plan to have general anesthetic; in which case, we will need to speak with you in advance about what you are taking. Please bring a friend of family member. You’ll need a ride home. To reduce your stress, and the stress of others, we ask that you not bring babies or children with you to any of your appointments.
If you would like GENERAL ANESTHESIA (being put to sleep) before an abortion, it’s important that you not eat, drink or smoke after midnight prior to coming in for your procedure. This is for your safety, and if you have not been able to do this, we will have to schedule your abortion for another day. Also check with us about any prescription medications you usually take daily.
Your Lovejoy counselor or doctor is always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about general anesthesia.
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