The Abortion Procedure
At Women’s Health we have medical providers and counselors available to help a woman know all of her options when she is faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing safe, high quality medical services.
Women’s Health is a certified member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and meets its standards of care. Abortions are performed by licensed, experienced, specially trained physicians. Follow-up exams are performed by nurse practitioners.
What to Expect
The abortion appointment starts with some paperwork about your medical and gynecological history. Next, a nurse practitioner will do a preliminary pelvic exam and an ultrasound to confirm the duration of pregnancy.
You will then meet individually with a counselor, who will provide detailed information about the abortion procedure, possible complications, and aftercare. The counseling session is also an opportunity to ask questions, to talk about how this experience has been for you, and any emotional, religious, or relationship issues you may wish to discuss.
You will also be encouraged to choose a birth control method. We can provide you with information, counseling, and a prescription, and we will explain how to use the method you choose.
We require some simple lab work to determine whether you have an Rh-negative blood type or anemia. If you are Rh-negative, you will need medication following the abortion procedure, for which there will be an additional charge. If you are anemic, you will be given a handout recommending foods rich in iron.
Two different first-trimester abortion procedures are available at Women’s Health– an in-clinic procedure and medication abortion (abortion pill). Some differences between the procedures are outlined here:
Pill vs. Procedure.
Plan on 4-6 hours at the clinic for your abortion appointment. Medication abortion appointments generally take a little less time than in-clinic procedures.
Questions or Problems?
If you have questions or problems following your abortion appointment, call us at 303-442-5160.
In the event of a medical problem or emergency, you can reach us at any time. If we are closed, our answering service will page a nurse practitioner who is on call and she will return your call within twenty minutes.
If for any reason you are unable to contact us and feel you are having a life-threatening emergency, go to your local Emergency Room or urgent care facility or call 911. Women’s Health does not pay for care outside our clinic.
Learn more about the in-clinic abortion procedure.
Learn more about medication abortion.