Frequently Asked Questions About Our Abortion Clinic
We are the closest abortion clinic near Huntington Beach.
Q: Do you offer free pregnancy testing?
A: Yes, we offer a free pregnancy test to anyone that wants one and qualifies.
Q: What is the cost of an abortion procedure?
A: The cost depends on the age of the conception. It is lowest whenever it is less than 9 weeks of pregnancy (up to 9 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period). After that, the cost increases for each additional week. It is best to call us at 714-966-9094 to get a more exact cost. On the day of your visit we will have to perform an ultrasound to determine the exact age of the conception. The fee is all inclusive, and includes the cost of blood work, medications administered during the procedure, ultrasound examination, local anesthesia, as well as post operative follow up visit.
Q: What is the medical abortion pill?
A: Medical abortion is induced with a medication called RU486 (mifepristone). Although no surgery is usually necessary, sometimes a rescue surgery (D and C) is necessary to remove the conception. The pill is only effective for an early pregnancy, and works about 90% of time. Severe cramping, pain, and bleeding can occur, and on rare occasions might result in an emergency. A risk of the medication includes sudden hemorrhage, which may necessitate surgical D and C. This method is usually succesful, and its advantage is that it avoids the more invasive D and C procedure which carries with it more risks.
Q: How safe is the procedure?
A: As with any surgery, it does carry some risk. Although terminations are usually very safe, there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, uterine perforation, blood transfusion, hospitalization, hysterectomy, sterility, or even death. However, the risks of such events are low, and in experienced hands are very low. Such risks must be weighed against the risks of continuing the conception, which carries risks that are similar or higher in likelihood.
Q: Might this affect future fertility?
A: The answer is possibly, although highly unlikely. If one of the above complications occur, there is an increased likelihood of infertility in the future. However, since such events are rare, the likelihood of future infertility is also rare.
Q: What should I expect afterwards?
A: In most cases, mild cramps and slight vaginal bleeding is the extent of all that is expected afterwards. Some discomfort and cramping is normal, as is some bleeding. The bleeding usually lightens significantly or ceases within 2-3 weeks. If the bleeding is heavier than a period, or lasts longer than 3 weeks, you should seek an evaluation by us. If the pain is severe, or you notice heavy discharge or fevers or chills, contact us.
Q: When can I return to work?
A: Usually, within 2-3 days after the process you may resume work. You should wait longer if directed to do so by you health care provider.
Q: When can I resume sexual activity?
A: You should refrain from any sexual activity for at least 4 weeks. Do not have sex prior to returning for your follow up visit in 3 weeks.
Q: What kind of anesthesia will I be given?
A: The typical options include general and local anesthesia. General anesthesia presents a higher risk of death, aspiration pneumonia, uterine perforation, and vaginal bleeding. Therefore, for safety reasons, we do not offer general anesthesia. We have found that local anesthesia is safer and provides adequate pain relief during the process. Local anesthesia is sometimes combined with a mild sedative / tranquilizer, and provides adequate pain relief.
Q: What type of transportation do I need afterwards?
A: It is best to be accompanied by another adult, and ideally to have that adult be able to drive you. We do not recommend that you drive, walk home, or take the bus by yourself.
Q: Can someone accompany me during the visit to the clinic?
A: You may have someone accompany you while in the waiting lobby. However, both for safety as well as confidentiality reasons, non-patients are not permitted in the recovery area or procedure room.
Q: How long does the surgery take?
A: The actual surgical procedure takes no more than 20 minutes. However, preparing you for the procedure takes much longer, since a history and exam must be performed, as well as paperwork, blood work, an ultrasound, and time to observe you afterwards. All together, plan on spending at least 3 hours at our medical clinic.
Q: What is your confidentiality policy?
A: We are committed to protecting your confidentiality as much as possible. We understand the sensitive nature of family planning and abortion services, and do whatever we can to protect patient confidentiality. We do not release any information to anyone other than you unless specifically directed to do so by you, or as is required by law.
Q: Do I need to inform and get the consent of my partner (husband or boyfriend) or parents if I am a minor?
A: No. The consent of the patient is all that is needed. The parent's consent is not necessary for a pregnant minor patient in California.
Q: Why do I need to return for a follow up visit?
A: A follow up visit is always recommended between 2 to 3 weeks later. This is necessary to ensure that it was successful, as well as to address any problems that may have arisen. Occasionally, some pregnancy tissue may have been retained, and this needs to be evacuated. Therefore, a follow up visit at our medical clinic is very important to ensure that the unplanned pregnancy has completely resolved without any problems.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: Although we welcome walk-in patients and try to accommodate them as much as possible, we cannot guarantee that they will be seen that day. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you obtain an appointment.
Q: Do you offer the morning after pill?
A: Yes, we offer the morning after pill (emergency contraception). It is recommended that you come in to see us as soon as possible after the unprotected sexual encounter, as the effectiveness decreases with the passage of time. The morning after pill is confused with the abortion pill by some people. They are not the same. The morning after serves to prevent pregnancy from occurring, while the abortion pill causes termination of an already formed pregnancy by taking a medicine.
We are located in Santa Ana, near Huntington Beach.