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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Is abortion safe?
Abortion is the most common outpatient surgical procedure in the country. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a leading public health research organization, a first trimester abortion is 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin injection.

Will having an abortion prevent me from having children in the future?
There is no evidence of childbearing problems among women who have had an abortion early in their pregnancy. OF course, as with all outpatient surgery, part of the long-term effect is in your hands. Taking all your medications, following instructions and returning for your follow-up examination will reduce your chance of long-term effects. IF you are concerned about this risk, so not hesitate to ask.

Is abortion painful?
Every person responds to and tolerates pain differently. Patients are generally surprised at how well they feel physically after their abortion. Although most women experience some hard cramping during the procedure, the intensity of the cramps begins to lessen quickly while in recovery. When patients leave, they may feel light cramping that can be managed with Tylenol or Motrin.

Do I have to be awake with the procedure?
At our center, we offer a local anesthetic and a mild sedative to relax you. Nitrous oxide gas is also available. How long will I be at the office? Be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours. Remember, you must make 2 trips due to Alabama's Law that requires a 24-hour waiting period.

Can I bring someone with me?
We do require that you have someone to drive you home on this day, due to the sedation. Please do not bring small children with you on the surgery day since it is a long visit and waiting is hard on everyone.

Will there be protestors?
We usually don't have protestors, but there is a "sidewalk counselor" handing out anti abortion information. We recommend that you and your support person simply tell her "no thanks".

Will my insurance cover?
Many plans do not cover the cost of an elective abortion.

Can I get financial help to pay for some of the abortion?
Although we are not able to provide financial help, we have worked very hard to keep our costs affordable for most women. There are some national funding sources that might be able to help you with the cost of your abortion.

I am on Medicaid. Will that cover my abortion?
Medicaid will not pay for abortions in the State of Alabama. However, we offer a small discount if you bring your current card with you. Be sure to discuss with our office when you make the appointment.

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