Abortion Care

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center

Reproductive & Sexual Health Care Center located in Boulder, CO & Longmont, CO

All people of reproductive age face decisions regarding whether or when to bear a child. The staff at Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center trusts each person to make the choice that is best for them and their unique situation. As the first abortion clinic in Colorado, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center aims to be supportive, respectful, and caring. Abortion care is provided at our Boulder location only, although we serve people from throughout the Denver metro area and throughout Colorado as well as from other states, such as Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Confidentiality is paramount and we protect the privacy of all patients.

Abortion Care Q & A

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Women’s Health) was founded in 1973 as the first abortion clinic in Colorado. Today, we offer a full range of gynecology and reproductive health care, including safe, affordable abortion services.

All people of reproductive age are faced with decisions regarding whether or when to bear a child. We trust each person to make the choice that is best for them and their unique situation. Our role is to be supportive, respectful and caring.

Our female physicians, along with our medical and counseling staff, provide warm, compassionate care in the quiet and secluded environment of our Boulder clinic. Confidentiality is a concern for many people. We understand this concern and protect the privacy of all our patients.

Long-term birth control methods, such as IUDs or Nexplanon, are available on the day of your abortion appointment. Other methods of birth control are also available. Your counselor will discuss birth control options with you.

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Note: Abortion services are offered at our Boulder location only.

Women’s Health is certified by the National Abortion Federation and is a proud member of FAN, the Feminist Abortion Network. Women’s Health is an independent abortion provider and not affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

What counseling services are provided during an abortion appointment?

Our counselors provide acceptance, respect for your ethical process, and emotional support during your abortion experience. Counseling is an optional service we provide. Please let our staff know if you would like counseling. At this time due to the COVID virus counseling services will be provided over the phone.

These counseling services are confidential, nonjudgmental, and respectful. The session is an opportunity to ask questions, and talk about your experience and any emotional, religious, or relationship issues you may wish to discuss.

Our counseling staff also offers post-abortion counseling free of charge at any time in the future. Many women may not want or need this, but patients confirm that having this support available is important to them.

What happens at an abortion appointment?

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center is a certified member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and meets its standards of care. A licensed, experienced, specially-trained physician performs the abortions. Nurse practitioners perform the follow-up exams.

The staff will first go over your medical history and schedule your appointment.  You will be emailed the consent forms and instructions to review at home prior to arrival. They will set up a time for a provider to call you 1-2 days prior to the appointment to provide detailed information about the abortion procedure, possible complications, and aftercare. On arrival to the clinic you will check in and then due to the COVID virus, at this time we are having patients sign the procedure consent forms in their car.   Not all patients require an ultrasound in their pregnancy prior to an abortion. If an ultrasound is indicated we will perform one. You will be given the opportunity to speak with a counselor over the phone prior to your procedure if you request counseling. Please notify our staff if you would like counseling services. The counseling session is also an opportunity to ask questions and talk about any emotional, religious, or relationship issues you may have.

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. Long-term birth control methods, such as IUDs or Nexplanon, are available on the day of your abortion appointment.

You may or may not undergo some simple lab work to check for anemia and Rh blood status as indicated. If indicated we may perform a gonorrhea and chlamydia urine test.

Two different first-trimester abortion procedures are available at Women’s Health– an in-clinic procedure and medication abortion (abortion pill).

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.

What is a medication abortion?

From five weeks from the first day of your last period up until the first day of the eleventh week, medication abortion is an option. You take an oral dose of Mifeprex, a medication that ends your pregnancy.

You will also be given a second medication, misoprostol, to use at home anytime between 8-72 hours after taking the first medication. Misoprostol completes the abortion process. This medication causes your body to expel the pregnancy, with expected side effects of bleeding and cramps that occur within three to five hours of taking the medication.

Some women have vomiting, chills, and headaches, too. However, if you experience these symptoms more than 24 hours after taking the second medication, call the clinic.

You’ll be instructed about how to follow up to ensure that the procedure is complete either through a home pregnancy test or an in clinic visit.

What is an in-clinic abortion procedure?

An in-clinic abortion procedure is available to women starting at five weeks from the first day of your last period and up until the last day of the 13th week. Your procedure will begin with a preliminary pelvic exam.. You will be given an antibiotic prior to the procedure. The doctor will then inject a local anesthetic to numb the cervix, dilate the cervix using manual dilators, and perform the vacuum aspiration procedure (usually lasting about a minute or two).

In the recovery room you will rest, review aftercare instructions and receive medications for cramping. You may also be given a prescription for a pain medication to use at home, if needed.