If you are eight or more weeks pregnant, and are having a surgical abortion, our staff at Lovejoy will give you all the support you need to come up with the plan that is just right for you.
You can also feel comfortable knowing that your surgical abortion procedure at Lovejoy will be performed in a hospital-like setting by an experienced specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and in terminating pregnancies. In fact, because of our doctors’ special expertise, they are often called upon by other doctors, clinics and hospitals to handle their more difficult cases. You can request to have enhanced privacy for your abortion procedure.
If You Are Eight to 10 Weeks Pregnant (Early Surgical Abortion)
Since this is the first trimester of pregnancy, you can have a safe and effective surgical abortion in just one day and with just one appointment, under either local or general anesthetic.
If You Are 13 to 19 Weeks Pregnant
More time is required for a surgical abortion during the second trimester so we’ll schedule your appointment on two consecutive days, with the abortion taking place on the second day under general anesthetic.
If You Are Over 20 Weeks Pregnant (Late Surgical Abortion)
A late term abortion can be performed through 23 weeks or occasionally longer on a case-by-case basis. Because a late term abortion requires more care, appointments are scheduled on three consecutive days, with the final procedure taking place on the third day under general anesthetic.
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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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