Potomac

FAMILY PLANNING CENTER

Rockville, MD 301.251.9124 966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 24

Hagerstown, MD 301.733.2400 160 W. Washington Street, Suite 100

Baltimore, MD 410.788.4400 5602 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 600

Your choice…
a private matter

  • FAQs help women in decision-making about abortion.
We Believe…
Every woman should be able to make choices about her pregnancy.

Our job is to provide compassionate care safely, affordably and confidentially. That is why we have won the TRUST of generations of women.

FAQs

See our most commonly asked questions.

How safe is abortion?

Very safe. Our doctors are gynecologists who have years of experience specializing in abortion care. It’s unusual to have even minor problems.

How do I know whether to choose an in-clinic abortion or abortion by pill?

It is your personal preference. The pill must be done early in pregnancy, 70 days from the first day of your last period. It is more involved than an in-clinic procedure and may require more than one follow-up visit. Some women like the idea of using medicine rather than instruments. An in-clinic abortion is more efficient than a pill because everything is usually completed in one visit.

Will I be able to get pregnant again after having an abortion?

Generally, abortion does not affect your fertility. You should consider the day of the abortion the same as the first day of a period with ovulation in about 14 days. You could become pregnant again right away.

Does it hurt?

Under local anesthesia you should expect to feel a lot of hard cramping similar to a bad period during and immediately after the abortion. Twilight sleep or IV sedation relaxes you but you still feel cramping during and after the abortion. If you choose general anesthesia you are fully asleep during the abortion and will only feel some mild cramping when you awaken. Twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore facilities.

The the medication used at home for the medical abortion causes you to feel strong cramps.

How do I know which anesthesia to choose?

The local anesthesia is administered with lidocaine to the cervix. This offers some numbing to the immediate area. You are fully conscious. If you know you don’t want to see, hear or feel anything general anesthesia is the better choice. Twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore offices.

How private and confidential is my visit?

Your appointment and all information about your health history and visit are protected and completely confidential. We will not confirm your appointment. We will not release any information concerning you or your appointment without your permission. For ultimate privacy you may also choose our Private VIP appointment option.

Do I need a referral or do I need to see my doctor to confirm the pregnancy?

No. We’ll perform all the tests and gather all the information we need when you come for your visit.

When can I go back to work?

Most people return to their usual activities the next day.