a private matter
An in-clinic abortion is performed from approximately 5 weeks to approximately 17 weeks.
In-clinic abortion is a commonly performed procedure with a very low rate of complication. Most women feel better quickly are back to their normal activities the day after the surgery.
All in-clinic abortions are performed by a licensed, experienced gynecologist. The procedure uses aspiration to empty the uterus and usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Your visit will include a full health history, pregnancy test, blood work, and ultrasound or exam to determine the length of your pregnancy. Then you will meet privately with a clinician who will explain the procedure, review your after-care instructions, and help you with your birth control choice. During the procedure a clinician will be with you at all times. A nurse will monitor and discharge you from the recovery room.
We offer are three levels of anesthesia available:
Your cervix will be numb and you will receive pain medication. You are awake during the procedure and will feel strong cramping. You are able to come alone and drive yourself home.
The following levels are only available at our Rockville and Baltimore locations:
The most popular anesthesia choice. IV medication is administered by the anesthesiologist/anesthetist and you are given just enough anesthesia so that you do not experience any pain for the few minutes it takes to perform the abortion. You will not feel anything during the procedure and will awaken in the recovery room with the nurses after the abortion is complete. In order to safely administer the general anesthesia, you may not have anything to eat, drink or smoke from midnight the night before and you need someone to drive you home.
Twilight sleep or IV sedation
Light sedation administered by an anesthesiologist/anesthetist. It relaxes you but you remain conscious. You are awake and aware of your surroundings. Patients respond differently to twilight sleep so we do not know exactly what you may feel but it will help with the discomfort. Twilight sleep is restricted for some patients due to weight, age and other factors. In order to safely administer the IV sedation, you may not have anything to eat, drink or smoke from midnight the night before and you need someone to drive you home.
To estimate the length of your pregnancy, enter the first day of your last period and then press 'calculate'.
The Pregnancy Calculator above is an estimation of weeks from reported last normal menstrual period and does not constitute medical advice. A missed period does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, and having a period does not mean you are not pregnant. Only an exam, pregnancy test, or ultrasound by a physician can confirm pregnancy and approximate length of pregnancy. The calculator should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon for weeks of pregnancy, conception date, or due date.