Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions and Answers
- Is abortion safe?
- Will having an abortion prevent me from having children in the future?
- Is abortion painful?
- Do I have to be awake for the procedure?
- How long will I be at the office?
- Can I bring someone with me to the office?
- Can I bring my children with me to the office?
- Will there be protestors at the office?
- What is the difference between a surgical abortion and a non-surgical abortion?
- How much does it cost to have an abortion?
- Will my insurance cover the costs of my abortion?
- Can I get financial help to pay for my abortion?
- I am on Medicaid. Will that program pay for my abortion?
Is abortion safe?
Abortion is the most common outpatient surgical procedure in the country. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a leading public health research organization, abortion is 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin injection.
Will having an abortion prevent me from having children in the future?
There is no evidence of childbearing problems among women who have had an abortion early in their pregnancy. Of course, as with any outpatient surgery, part of the long-term effect is in your hands. Taking all your medications, following instructions, and returning for your follow-up examination will reduce your chance of long-term side effects. If you are concerned about this risk, do not hesitate to ask your provider about it and they will be able to answer your questions more specifically.
Is abortion painful?
Every person responds to and tolerates pain differently. Abortion patients are generally surprised at how well they feel physically after their abortion. When using general anesthesia, there is obviously no pain. On rare occasion, after the procedure, the patient may feel some mild cramping.
When using local anesthesia, some patients experience cramping during the procedure but it is usually very mild.
With the "Gentle Touch Procedure" there is usually less cramping and recovery is almost instantaneous with the patient able to go about their every day routine as soon as the procedure is done.
Do I have to be awake for the procedure?
Each office offers pain management options. General anesthesia is always available and will put the patient to sleep for several minutes. We also offer options such as IV sedation or nitrous oxide, which puts the patients in a trance-like state or general anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep for several minutes.
How long will I be at the office?
Be prepared to spend anywhere from three to six hours at the doctor's office.
Can I bring someone with me to the office?
You must bring a support person with you to your appointment, to sit with you while you wait and to be able to provide transportation home after the procedure. We allow support people to participate in counseling sessions.
Can I bring my children with me to the office?
We recommend that you discuss this with the office before making an appointment. Most offices discourage or prohibit bringing children since it is a long visit and waiting is hard on everyone.
Will there be protestors at the office?
There is no reason to expect protestors but the office does not have control over their absence or presence.
What is the difference between a surgical abortion and a non-surgical abortion?
Surgical abortions are performed using a suction/aspiration method where the cervical muscle is gently dilated (widened) approximately to the diameter of a ballpoint pen and suction is used to remove the pregnancy. A non-surgical abortion is performed by the administration of Mifeprex ("RU-486"). RU486 is approved by the FDA for non-surgical abortions.
How much does it cost to have an abortion?
The cost of the procedure is related to the length of gestation, the type of procedure that you choose to have and whether or not you qualify for financial assistance. Please call the office for further details. We will be happy to fill you in.
Will my insurance cover the costs of my abortion?
Many insurance plans cover the costs of both surgical and non-surgical abortions. We recommend that you call our office and ask if we accept your particular insurance plan. We will be able to answer all of your questions.
Can I get financial help to pay for my abortion?
Although we are not able to provide financial help, our offices have done an extraordinary job of keeping the cost of abortion accessible to most women. You might ask if they have a local abortion fund to refer you to. Also, there are some national funding networks that might be able to help you with the cost of your abortion.
I am on Medicaid. Will that program pay for my abortion?
NYabortion accepts New York State Medicaid only. On the day of your appoint you need to bring your current Medicaid enrollment form and at least one form of picture identification.