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Abortion Clinic Brooklyn / Surgical Abortion
At Brooklyn Abortion Center we believe that patients may have a wide array of questions prior to having a termination of pregnancy. As medical providers our job is to facilitate answers to all those questions.
The following information has been designed to answer the most common questions that you may have. We invite you to read the information below carefully and want you to feel free to speak live with any of our trained medical assistants by calling 718 369-1900.
Each year, almost half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended. About half of these unplanned pregnancies, 1.3 million each year, are ended by abortion.
There are many myths and misconceptions about who gets abortions, and why. The fact is that the women who have abortions come from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CURRENT MEDICAL CONDITION AND ARE TAKING MEDICATIONS PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE SO THAT A TRAINED STAFF MEMBER CAN GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHETHER YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE.
If you are currently under the care of a medical provider for any medical condition such as (High Blood Pressure, Seizures, Heart conditions, Etc). We suggest you to call our office to speak to one of our trained staff member to get guidelines and instructions prior to your appointment.
Do not wear any jewelry, including earrings, bracelets, rings, etc. All body piercing jewelry must be removed. (Especially any tongue or nose piercings).
Do not bring any valuables or a large amount of cash.
If you are using your medical insurance for the procedure be aware the verification is required prior to your office visit. Please give us a call and one of our staff members will verify your insurance.
We do request from patients to bring a valid picture ID along with your insurance card on the day of your appointment.
Terminations of pregnancies are done in our office in a two to three hour visit. During this time our patients are first requested to provide us with important medical history. Once all the information is collected, the patient will be provided with an individualized session in where the procedure will be explained and questions will be answered.
To ensure your safety on the day of your appointment, you will go through a series of pre-operative assessments with the medical and counseling staff. You will have:
• History and Physical: An individualized session where one of our trained staff members will review your medical history, current physical state and birth control options.
• Counseling: During your medical/physical assess the length of pregnancy or gestational age.
• Billing: At Brooklyn Abortion Clinic, we require your entire fee to be paid before the abortion is performed. The basic fee for the procedure includes: a review of your pertinent medical history, an educational counseling session, ultrasound screening, routine urine and blood testing (If requested by your physician), the abortion procedure, anesthesia, and recovery room services. (Please be aware that if you are paying cash an additional fee for the Rhogam injection will be required for those patients that are NEGATIVE RH TYPING).
• Payment can be made in cash, or by credit card. For the convenience of our patients, we accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. (We do not accept any Debit Cards). We accept most private insurances including MEDICAID- HMO’S plans.
Choose which is right for you.
A medical abortion⇓, also known as the abortion pill, can be taken up to 10 weeks after your first missed period. A medical abortion requires more doctor’s visits. The first pill is administered in the clinic and the second pill you would take at home. These pills cause your uterus to expel the pregnancy and you will experience bleeding similar to a heavy period with cramps.
Surgical abortions are performed when the 10 week period has been surpassed. This is a one-day procedure performed in our Brooklyn Surgical Centre and you return home the same day. The benefit of a surgical abortion⇓ procedure is that there is less risk of an incomplete procedure and leaving some remaining pregnancy tissue in your uterus.
One-Day procedures can only be performed up to 15 weeks of your pregnancy.
For more information please visit the One-Day Abortion page on our site: ONE-DAY
Two-Day procedures are performed after 15 weeks (but not past 20) of your pregnancy.
For more information please visit the Two-Day Abortion page on our site: TWO-DAY
Yes, your healthcare provider will schedule an appointment for a follow-up exam within 2 weeks after your abortion procedure. Keep in mind that even if you feel well, you will have to attend your post-abortion appointment. Make sure to strictly follow the instructions provided by your abortion clinic in NY.
Everything depends on your threshold for pain. Having an abortion feels different for every person. It can be either extremely painful or just slightly uncomfortable. Apart from that, your level of pain depends on the medications you get and how far in pregnancy you are. The vast majority of patients state that it feels like strong period cramps.
At PBGS, we offer you the opportunity to select the type of anesthesia that is right for you. You can choose to be awake or asleep for the procedure. Your anesthesia options are described in more detail below.
• Local Anesthesia involves the injection by the physician of pain-stopping medication into your cervix. You will be fully awake during the procedure, but your cervix will be numbed. You can expect to have moderate cramping during the procedure.
• General Anesthesia is administered by injecting medication into your vein. This medication will allow you to sleep for the duration of the procedure. The medication is given by an Anesthesiologist, a physician specially trained in anesthesia or by a Nurse Anesthetist.
A sonogram is considered the most reliable method of assessing how far you are into your pregnancy. A sonogram is a test that uses sound waves to see your pelvic structures. It will be done during your examination with your physician while you lie down comfortably. There is little or no discomfort while the sonogram is being performed. Although you may have had a sonogram elsewhere before coming to our office, we must perform our own sonogram.
It is essential to follow–up your post-operative instructions as indicated by your physician in order to maintain your well being and to have a great recovery period. We will provide you with clear, written post-operative instructions prior to your procedure, that way you will be able to discuss them with your physician as needed.
Important tips to remember after the procedure:
• To prevent any infection, we will provide you with antibiotics. It is essential that you take all the medications prescribed by your physician in the manner explained.
• All Rh-Negative type patients are given an injection of Rhogam followed
• You must have an escort to take you home following the procedure done with anesthesia other than local anesthesia. For your own safety, you must not drive for the remainder of the day.
• You will be required to return to our office within two-week period time after your first visit. During your follow up visit a sonogram will be performed to evaluate the completion and safety of the procedure. Contraceptives options will be also discussed in your follow up visit. If you were referred to our office by your Ob/Gyn physician, we encourage you to return to your physician for your post-operative care. However, complete post-operative care and on-going gynecological services are available at our office for all patients.
• Our office has a 24 answering service to address any emergencies.
To protect against infection, it is important that nothing goes into your vagina until you have your two-week appointment (Follow-Up). This means:
• NO Tampax or tampons, use only sanitary pads.
• NO vaginal douching.
• DON’T take tub baths or swim, ONLY Shower.
• NO vaginal intercourse.
Don’t worry, irregular periods are normal for the first few months after your surgical abortion. Your periods may be longer or shorter varying individually. You may experience some bleeding after your abortion procedure (even heavy bloody clots or brown discharge after surgical termination) that is not your period that may last 2-4 weeks.
If you experience no bleeding after the surgical abortion for the first few days, that is normal too, as you will probably start bleeding later on due to the hormonal changes.
However, if you do not get your first period after about 8 weeks after surgical abortion in Brooklyn, contact your surgical abortion specialist. If you experience yellow discharge after your surgical abortion contact your Brooklyn abortion clinic.
A surgical abortion should not affect your chances of getting pregnant in the future. In fact, an abortion restarts the menstrual cycle, which means you will ovulate within the next few weeks. In other words, the chances of getting pregnant soon after your surgical abortion are even higher. Doctors recommend waiting a few weeks before having sex after your surgical abortion to prevent infection. If you are trying to get pregnant or trying to prevent future pregnancy please talk with our surgical abortion specialists.
Surgical Abortion – a medical procedure that stops pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the mother’s uterus via the vagina.
Outpatient procedures(ambulatory procedures, same-day procedures) – a type of procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” means that patients may enter and leave the hospital on the same day.
First trimester of the pregnancy – period of pregnancy that begins on the first day of your last period and lasts until the end of week 12.
Medical abortion(medication abortion) – a type of abortion when pills are used to end a pregnancy. A medical abortion doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia.
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