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Abortion Procedures

There are two primary ways abortions are performed. One is called “medical” or “medication abortion,” meaning that you take medication to end the pregnancy. The other is called “aspiration” or “surgical” abortion, meaning that a doctor does a procedure to remove the pregnancy.

Medication Abortion

If your pregnancy is under 10 weeks, this might be a good option for you.

Aspiration Abortion

If you are between 6-17 weeks pregnant, an aspiration abortion might be a good option for you.

A medication abortion uses two medicines to end a pregnancy:

  1. The first medication, mifepristone, weakens the attachment of the pregnancy to the uterus.
  2. The second medication, misoprostol, placed in your cheek or into your vagina 1 to 2 days later, makes the uterus cramp and causes bleeding to expel the pregnancy.

When these two medications are packaged together, they are referred to as Mifegymiso.

Effectiveness

Medication abortion using Mifegymiso has a 95-98% success rate.

Cost

Your visit and the medication are completely covered by your BC Medical Service Plan (Care Card).

If you do not have BC MSP (Care Card) you will be required to pay $375 plus the cost of the medication which you will purchase separately at the pharmacy (approximately $332.75).

About Medication Abortion

In-person Appointment at the Clinic - about the procedure

If you book an in-person appointment for a medication abortion, you should plan to be at the clinic for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours.

  • First, you will have an appointment with a counsellor who will provide support around your decision and discuss any questions or concerns. You will be given information about the procedure and aftercare. If you are interested, you will be offered information about contraceptive options.
  • After seeing a counsellor, you will meet with a nurse and doctor to ensure you are a candidate for the medical abortion. At this time you will have an ultrasound to confirm the dates of the pregnancy. You will be given a prescription for Mifegymiso, Tylenol #3, and mifepristone.
  • The Mifegymiso package that you will collect from the pharmacy next door to our clinic is comprised of two boxes: one box contains 1 tablet of mifepristone (200mg), the second box contains 4 tablets of misoprostol (200mcg).
  • The clinic will ensure that you have detailed instructions provided to you so you understand how to take the medication.

Day 1:

  • Take the mifepristone tablet. This medication destabilizes the uterine lining ending the growth and development of the pregnancy. Once you take this medication the effects are not reversible.

Day 2-3:

  • 24-48 hours after you take the mifepristone, you will place the other medication (misoprostol) inside either the cheeks of your mouth or your vagina.

Expected side effects:

  • Pain and cramps
After taking the second medication (misoprostol), cramping and bleeding may start as soon as 15 minutes or may take up until several hours later. 
  • Vaginal bleeding
Bleeding may be heavy, especially in the first few hours after taking the misoprostol. Bleeding starts to decrease after the pregnancy tissue has been passed, but you may continue to have light bleeding/spotting for several weeks.
  • Side Effects
Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are common side effects after the misoprostol. This usually goes away quickly on its own without treatment.

 

In-person Appointment Follow-up

2 to 3 weeks following the procedure, you must ensure the medication was successful and the pregnancy has ended. You can choose one of the following: do a pregnancy test at home, attend at our clinic for an ultrasound, or get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy has ended.

You will receive a phone call from the clinic to confirm that your pregnancy has ended.

If there is a continuing pregnancy, you will need to have an aspiration abortion.

Complications are rare but can include infection and heavy bleeding. An aspiration procedure may be necessary to stop the bleeding.

Telehealth Appointment - about the procedure

If you book a telehealth appointment for a medication abortion, you will follow the following steps:

  • You will receive information from our administrative team about the process along with a series of important documents to review in advance of your appointment.
  • Your first phone or videoconference appointment will be with one of our physicians. The physician will review your medical history, discuss the process, review the consent forms with you, and confirm that medication abortion is a suitable option for you.
  • Within the next 24 hours, you will have your second phone or videoconference appointment. This appointment will be with a member of our counselling team who will provide support around your decision and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The counsellor can answer any further questions you have about the process. If you are interested, you will be provided information about contraceptive options.
  • After that, the clinic will send a prescription for Mifegymiso, Tylenol #3, and mifepristone to a pharmacy that is convenient for you.
  • The Mifegymiso package that you will collect from the pharmacy next door to our clinic is comprised of two boxes: one box contains 1 tablet of mifepristone (200mg), the second box contains 4 tablets of misoprostol (200mcg).
  • The clinic will ensure that you have detailed instructions provided to you so you understand how to take the medication.

Day 1:

  • Take the mifepristone tablet. This medication destabilizes the uterine lining ending the growth and development of the pregnancy. Once you take this medication the effects are not reversible.

Day 2-3:

  • 24-48 hours after you take the mifepristone, you will place the other medication (misoprostol) inside either the cheeks of your mouth or your vagina.

Expected side effects:

  • Pain and cramps
After taking the second medication (misoprostol), cramping and bleeding may start as soon as 15 minutes or may take up until several hours later.
  • Vaginal bleeding
Bleeding may be heavy, especially in the first few hours after taking the misoprostol. Bleeding starts to decrease after the pregnancy tissue has been passed, but you may continue to have light bleeding/spotting for several weeks.
  • Side Effects
Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are common side effects after the misoprostol. This usually goes away quickly on its own without treatment.

 

 

Telehealth Follow-up

You will have two follow up appointments after you take the Mifegymiso.

You will be scheduled for a phone or video conference appointment with the physician 8-10 days after your first physician appointment to check in and see how you are doing.

Then, 2 to 3 weeks after you take the Mifegymiso, you must ensure the medication was successful and the pregnancy has ended. You can choose one of the following: do a pregnancy test at home, attend at our clinic for an ultrasound, or get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy has ended.

You will be scheduled for a second follow up appointment with the physician 4 weeks after your medication abortion to review result of your pregnancy test.

If there is a continuing pregnancy, you will need to have an aspiration abortion.

Complications are rare but can include infection and heavy bleeding. An aspiration procedure may be necessary to stop the bleeding.

When to call us after your procedure

Call the clinic if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Filling and soaking through two large menstrual pad every hour for 2 hours in a row and are still bleeding. Normal bleeding is initially heavier that a period. This bleeding will usually decreases after the pregnancy tissue is passed (usually 2-24 hours after taking misoprostol). You may have bleeding for several weeks, but it should be lighter than a period after the first few days.
  • Severe pain not helped by the medications. The pain usually improves after the tissue has passed.
  • Shaking chills, or a temperature of more than 38ºC (100.4ºF). Usually any mild fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea caused the misoprostol should go away quickly without treatment. If they don’t, you should call the clinic.
  • Foul smell or pus-like vaginal discharge.
  • No bleeding 24-48 hours after taking Misoprostol. This does not mean the abortion isn’t working, but you need to call to make another appointment to come back. This is not an emergency.

Where to call:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: 604-736-0995 ext. 0

Evenings and weekends: 604-910-7121 (This number is for medical emergencies only and will connect you with one of our physicians)

** As we know your medical history, please call us first. If you are unable to reach us, please call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency.**

Please let us know if you receive any hospital treatment within 30 days after your procedure at the clinic. This information is important to us so that we can follow-up on your care.

 

At the Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic, we perform aspiration abortion up to the 17th week of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is 18 weeks and above, we will refer you to the CARE Program at BC Women’s Hospital.

Effectiveness

The procedure is successful 99% of the time.

COST

The visit and aspiration procedure are completely covered by your BC Medical Service Plan (Care Card ). If you do not have BC MSP, you will be asked to pay at the time of your appointment. The cost is dependent on gestational age of your pregnancy. If you are paying privately for your procedure, the cost is as follows:

  • If you are under 12 weeks pregnant, an aspiration abortion will cost $500.
  • If you are between 12 weeks and 14 weeks pregnant, an aspiration abortion will cost $550.
  • If you are 14 weeks pregnant and over, an aspiration abortion will cost $650.

About Aspiration Abortion

Duration of appointment
  • If you are less than 14 weeks pregnant, you should expect to be at the clinic for 2 – 4 hours. The abortion procedure itself is very brief (10-15 minutes) but you will need time to see the counsellor and nurse, and then recover after your abortion.
  • If you are between 14 and 17 weeks pregnant, you will be scheduled for two appointments on consecutive days.  You can expect to be at the clinic for 2 – 4 hours on each day.
Preparing for your appointment
  • Bring your BC CareCard, UHIP card (University Health Insurance Plan) or IFH card (Interim Federal Health Program) as well as a piece of photo identification. Let us know at the time of booking your appointment if your photo identification does not accurately reflect your name, gender marker, or current gender presentation. We recognize that for some trans and non-binary people, your photo identification might not accurately reflect who you are.
  • You cannot eat for 4 hours before your appointment time.
  • You can drink clear fluids until you arrive at the clinic for your appointment.
  • Bring a small snack with you to eat after the procedure and something to drink.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing including a short-sleeved t- shirt and flat, comfortable shoes.
  • Do not wear colored contact lenses (clear contacts are fine) or lipstick.
  • Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
    • an extra pair of full back underwear,
    • an extra pair of socks,
    • two maxi pads,
    • a small snack and something to drink after the procedure,
    • any prescription medication(s) you are currently taking.

Bringing a support person?

You can bring one support person with you to your appointment. Please make sure you contact our office to let them know who you will be bringing with you.

Your support person is required to provide photo ID to enter the clinic on the day of your appointment.

Let us know at the time of booking your appointment if your support person’s photo identification does not accurately reflect their name, gender marker, or current gender presentation. We recognize that for some trans and non-binary people, their photo identification might not accurately reflect who they are.

 

During your appointment
  • When you first arrive at the clinic you will see a counsellor who will discuss the procedure and provide emotional support. The counsellor will also review contraceptive options if you wish. After counselling, you are prepped for the procedure by a nurse.
  • For the procedure, we offer intravenous medications to manage pain and anxiety, which most individuals prefer. The combination of these medications is called ‘moderate sedation’ or ‘conscious sedation’. You will be awake for the procedure.
  • The doctor will assess the pregnancy by pelvic exam followed by an ultrasound. Swabs for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea will be taken. The doctor then gently opens the cervical canal and passes a thin suction tube into the uterus to remove the pregnancy.
After your appointment
  • Following the procedure
    • You will be monitored in the recovery room for 15-30 minutes.
    • We suggest you bring a light snack and a drink to have at this time.
  • Transportation from the clinic
    • You are not permitted to drive for 24 hours after the procedure. If possible, arrange for someone to drive you home. Your ride needs to be at the clinic no later than 4:30 pm.
    • If that is not possible, we recommend you take a taxi.
    • If you are going home by transit, you will need to have someone accompanying you.
    • If you have no other option other than to ride transit on your own, please speak to our staff and we will do our best to make arrangements for your transportation.
  • How your body may react to the procedure:
    • Bleeding can range from no bleeding to bleeding like a heavy menstrual period. It can be light for the first 3 days after an abortion. It may become heavier on the 4th or 5th day, often with clots and cramping. Light bleeding or spotting may last for several weeks. You should expect your next menstrual period in 4-6 weeks.
    • Clots are normal after an abortion. The inside of the uterus is thicker at this time than during a regular period. Cramping normally occurs during the passing of clots.
    • Cramping may occur after your procedure, and using a heating pad, hot water bottle, and resting may help relieve the pain. If you do not have any allergies to the following medications, you may consider taking Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Midol.
  • Follow-up care
    • Most patients need no further care after their procedure.
    • If you still feel pregnant after 2 weeks or do not get your period after 6 weeks, call the clinic for further assessment.
    • Clients may return to normal physical activity, including sex, once they feel ready.
When to call us after your procedure

It is important to call us if you:

  • Soak 3 or more maxi-pads in three hours;
  • Have a fever of 38.0 C or 100.4 F or higher;
  • Experience chills or shaking;
  • Pass a clot that is as large as a lemon;
  • Have an unusual vaginal discharge or bad odour; or
  • Still feel pregnant two weeks after your procedure.

Where to call:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: 604-736-0995 ext. 0

Evenings and weekends: 604-910-7121 (This number is for medical emergencies only and will connect you with one of our physicians)

** As we know your medical history, please call us first. If you are unable to reach us, please call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.**

Please let us know if you receive any hospital treatment within 30 days after your procedure at the clinic. This information is important to us so that we can follow-up on your care.

A medication abortion uses two medicines to end a pregnancy:

  1. The first medication, mifepristone, weakens the attachment of the pregnancy to the uterus.
  2. The second medication, misoprostol, placed in your cheek or into your vagina 1 to 2 days later, makes the uterus cramp and causes bleeding to expel the pregnancy.

When these two medications are packaged together, they are referred to as Mifegymiso.

Effectiveness

Medication abortion using Mifegymiso has a 95-98% success rate.

Cost

Your visit and the medication are completely covered by your BC Medical Service Plan (Care Card).

If you do not have BC MSP (Care Card) you will be required to pay $375 plus the cost of the medication which you will purchase separately at the pharmacy (approximately $332.75).

About Medication Abortion

In-person Appointment at the Clinic - about the procedure

If you book an in-person appointment for a medication abortion, you should plan to be at the clinic for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours.

  • First, you will have an appointment with a counsellor who will provide support around your decision and discuss any questions or concerns. You will be given information about the procedure and aftercare. If you are interested, you will be offered information about contraceptive options.
  • After seeing a counsellor, you will meet with a nurse and doctor to ensure you are a candidate for the medical abortion. At this time you will have an ultrasound to confirm the dates of the pregnancy. You will be given a prescription for Mifegymiso, Tylenol #3, and mifepristone.
  • The Mifegymiso package that you will collect from the pharmacy next door to our clinic is comprised of two boxes: one box contains 1 tablet of mifepristone (200mg), the second box contains 4 tablets of misoprostol (200mcg).
  • The clinic will ensure that you have detailed instructions provided to you so you understand how to take the medication.

Day 1:

  • Take the mifepristone tablet. This medication destabilizes the uterine lining ending the growth and development of the pregnancy. Once you take this medication the effects are not reversible.

Day 2-3:

  • 24-48 hours after you take the mifepristone, you will place the other medication (misoprostol) inside either the cheeks of your mouth or your vagina.

Expected side effects:

  • Pain and cramps
After taking the second medication (misoprostol), cramping and bleeding may start as soon as 15 minutes or may take up until several hours later. 
  • Vaginal bleeding
Bleeding may be heavy, especially in the first few hours after taking the misoprostol. Bleeding starts to decrease after the pregnancy tissue has been passed, but you may continue to have light bleeding/spotting for several weeks.
  • Side Effects
Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are common side effects after the misoprostol. This usually goes away quickly on its own without treatment.

 

In-person Appointment Follow-up

2 to 3 weeks following the procedure, you must ensure the medication was successful and the pregnancy has ended. You can choose one of the following: do a pregnancy test at home, attend at our clinic for an ultrasound, or get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy has ended.

You will receive a phone call from the clinic to confirm that your pregnancy has ended.

If there is a continuing pregnancy, you will need to have an aspiration abortion.

Complications are rare but can include infection and heavy bleeding. An aspiration procedure may be necessary to stop the bleeding.

Telehealth Appointment - about the procedure

If you book a telehealth appointment for a medication abortion, you will follow the following steps:

  • You will receive information from our administrative team about the process along with a series of important documents to review in advance of your appointment.
  • Your first phone or videoconference appointment will be with one of our physicians. The physician will review your medical history, discuss the process, review the consent forms with you, and confirm that medication abortion is a suitable option for you.
  • Within the next 24 hours, you will have your second phone or videoconference appointment. This appointment will be with a member of our counselling team who will provide support around your decision and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The counsellor can answer any further questions you have about the process. If you are interested, you will be provided information about contraceptive options.
  • After that, the clinic will send a prescription for Mifegymiso, Tylenol #3, and mifepristone to a pharmacy that is convenient for you.
  • The Mifegymiso package that you will collect from the pharmacy next door to our clinic is comprised of two boxes: one box contains 1 tablet of mifepristone (200mg), the second box contains 4 tablets of misoprostol (200mcg).
  • The clinic will ensure that you have detailed instructions provided to you so you understand how to take the medication.

Day 1:

  • Take the mifepristone tablet. This medication destabilizes the uterine lining ending the growth and development of the pregnancy. Once you take this medication the effects are not reversible.

Day 2-3:

  • 24-48 hours after you take the mifepristone, you will place the other medication (misoprostol) inside either the cheeks of your mouth or your vagina.

Expected side effects:

  • Pain and cramps
After taking the second medication (misoprostol), cramping and bleeding may start as soon as 15 minutes or may take up until several hours later.
  • Vaginal bleeding
Bleeding may be heavy, especially in the first few hours after taking the misoprostol. Bleeding starts to decrease after the pregnancy tissue has been passed, but you may continue to have light bleeding/spotting for several weeks.
  • Side Effects
Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are common side effects after the misoprostol. This usually goes away quickly on its own without treatment.

 

 

Telehealth Follow-up

You will have two follow up appointments after you take the Mifegymiso.

You will be scheduled for a phone or video conference appointment with the physician 8-10 days after your first physician appointment to check in and see how you are doing.

Then, 2 to 3 weeks after you take the Mifegymiso, you must ensure the medication was successful and the pregnancy has ended. You can choose one of the following: do a pregnancy test at home, attend at our clinic for an ultrasound, or get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy has ended.

You will be scheduled for a second follow up appointment with the physician 4 weeks after your medication abortion to review result of your pregnancy test.

If there is a continuing pregnancy, you will need to have an aspiration abortion.

Complications are rare but can include infection and heavy bleeding. An aspiration procedure may be necessary to stop the bleeding.

When to call us after your procedure

Call the clinic if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Filling and soaking through two large menstrual pad every hour for 2 hours in a row and are still bleeding. Normal bleeding is initially heavier that a period. This bleeding will usually decreases after the pregnancy tissue is passed (usually 2-24 hours after taking misoprostol). You may have bleeding for several weeks, but it should be lighter than a period after the first few days.
  • Severe pain not helped by the medications. The pain usually improves after the tissue has passed.
  • Shaking chills, or a temperature of more than 38ºC (100.4ºF). Usually any mild fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea caused the misoprostol should go away quickly without treatment. If they don’t, you should call the clinic.
  • Foul smell or pus-like vaginal discharge.
  • No bleeding 24-48 hours after taking Misoprostol. This does not mean the abortion isn’t working, but you need to call to make another appointment to come back. This is not an emergency.

Where to call:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: 604-736-0995 ext. 0

Evenings and weekends: 604-910-7121 (This number is for medical emergencies only and will connect you with one of our physicians)

** As we know your medical history, please call us first. If you are unable to reach us, please call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency.**

Please let us know if you receive any hospital treatment within 30 days after your procedure at the clinic. This information is important to us so that we can follow-up on your care.

 

At the Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic, we perform aspiration abortion up to the 17th week of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is 18 weeks and above, we will refer you to the CARE Program at BC Women’s Hospital.

Effectiveness

The procedure is successful 99% of the time.

COST

The visit and aspiration procedure are completely covered by your BC Medical Service Plan (Care Card ). If you do not have BC MSP, you will be asked to pay at the time of your appointment. The cost is dependent on gestational age of your pregnancy. If you are paying privately for your procedure, the cost is as follows:

  • If you are under 12 weeks pregnant, an aspiration abortion will cost $500.
  • If you are between 12 weeks and 14 weeks pregnant, an aspiration abortion will cost $550.
  • If you are 14 weeks pregnant and over, an aspiration abortion will cost $650.

About Aspiration Abortion

Duration of appointment
  • If you are less than 14 weeks pregnant, you should expect to be at the clinic for 2 – 4 hours. The abortion procedure itself is very brief (10-15 minutes) but you will need time to see the counsellor and nurse, and then recover after your abortion.
  • If you are between 14 and 17 weeks pregnant, you will be scheduled for two appointments on consecutive days.  You can expect to be at the clinic for 2 – 4 hours on each day.
Preparing for your appointment
  • Bring your BC CareCard, UHIP card (University Health Insurance Plan) or IFH card (Interim Federal Health Program) as well as a piece of photo identification. Let us know at the time of booking your appointment if your photo identification does not accurately reflect your name, gender marker, or current gender presentation. We recognize that for some trans and non-binary people, your photo identification might not accurately reflect who you are.
  • You cannot eat for 4 hours before your appointment time.
  • You can drink clear fluids until you arrive at the clinic for your appointment.
  • Bring a small snack with you to eat after the procedure and something to drink.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing including a short-sleeved t- shirt and flat, comfortable shoes.
  • Do not wear colored contact lenses (clear contacts are fine) or lipstick.
  • Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
    • an extra pair of full back underwear,
    • an extra pair of socks,
    • two maxi pads,
    • a small snack and something to drink after the procedure,
    • any prescription medication(s) you are currently taking.

Bringing a support person?

You can bring one support person with you to your appointment. Please make sure you contact our office to let them know who you will be bringing with you.

Your support person is required to provide photo ID to enter the clinic on the day of your appointment.

Let us know at the time of booking your appointment if your support person’s photo identification does not accurately reflect their name, gender marker, or current gender presentation. We recognize that for some trans and non-binary people, their photo identification might not accurately reflect who they are.

 

During your appointment
  • When you first arrive at the clinic you will see a counsellor who will discuss the procedure and provide emotional support. The counsellor will also review contraceptive options if you wish. After counselling, you are prepped for the procedure by a nurse.
  • For the procedure, we offer intravenous medications to manage pain and anxiety, which most individuals prefer. The combination of these medications is called ‘moderate sedation’ or ‘conscious sedation’. You will be awake for the procedure.
  • The doctor will assess the pregnancy by pelvic exam followed by an ultrasound. Swabs for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea will be taken. The doctor then gently opens the cervical canal and passes a thin suction tube into the uterus to remove the pregnancy.
After your appointment
  • Following the procedure
    • You will be monitored in the recovery room for 15-30 minutes.
    • We suggest you bring a light snack and a drink to have at this time.
  • Transportation from the clinic
    • You are not permitted to drive for 24 hours after the procedure. If possible, arrange for someone to drive you home. Your ride needs to be at the clinic no later than 4:30 pm.
    • If that is not possible, we recommend you take a taxi.
    • If you are going home by transit, you will need to have someone accompanying you.
    • If you have no other option other than to ride transit on your own, please speak to our staff and we will do our best to make arrangements for your transportation.
  • How your body may react to the procedure:
    • Bleeding can range from no bleeding to bleeding like a heavy menstrual period. It can be light for the first 3 days after an abortion. It may become heavier on the 4th or 5th day, often with clots and cramping. Light bleeding or spotting may last for several weeks. You should expect your next menstrual period in 4-6 weeks.
    • Clots are normal after an abortion. The inside of the uterus is thicker at this time than during a regular period. Cramping normally occurs during the passing of clots.
    • Cramping may occur after your procedure, and using a heating pad, hot water bottle, and resting may help relieve the pain. If you do not have any allergies to the following medications, you may consider taking Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Midol.
  • Follow-up care
    • Most patients need no further care after their procedure.
    • If you still feel pregnant after 2 weeks or do not get your period after 6 weeks, call the clinic for further assessment.
    • Clients may return to normal physical activity, including sex, once they feel ready.
When to call us after your procedure

It is important to call us if you:

  • Soak 3 or more maxi-pads in three hours;
  • Have a fever of 38.0 C or 100.4 F or higher;
  • Experience chills or shaking;
  • Pass a clot that is as large as a lemon;
  • Have an unusual vaginal discharge or bad odour; or
  • Still feel pregnant two weeks after your procedure.

Where to call:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: 604-736-0995 ext. 0

Evenings and weekends: 604-910-7121 (This number is for medical emergencies only and will connect you with one of our physicians)

** As we know your medical history, please call us first. If you are unable to reach us, please call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.**

Please let us know if you receive any hospital treatment within 30 days after your procedure at the clinic. This information is important to us so that we can follow-up on your care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about your appointment and procedure through our frequently asked questions that other patients have asked.

Will having an abortion affect my ability to get pregnant in the future?
Your fertility will not be affected when you have an uncomplicated abortion performed by qualified health professionals. You will be offered testing for sexually transmitted infections at the time of your abortion and will be offered preventative antibiotics if necessary. If your tests show that you have an infection, you will be contacted for further treatment. You will also be given instructions on how to care for yourself after your abortion. The abortion procedure will not prevent you from having children later on.
Can I bring a support person with me to the clinic?
You may bring one support person with you to the clinic. For security and confidentiality reasons, your support person must show photo ID to enter the clinic. Please provide us with the name of the person who will be coming with you when you book your appointment. Feel free to let us know if your support person's photo identification does not accurately reflect their name, gender marker, or current gender presentation. We recognize that for some trans and non-binary people, their photo identification might not accurately reflect who you are. No children are permitted into the clinic.
What do I need to do to prepare for an aspiration or medication abortion?
Please refer to this page for information on how to prepare for your procedure and what to expect during and after.

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