At A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville our patient information tells you what you can expect for a surgical abortion.
- Dress comfortably
- Bring a maxi pad for your ride home
- Do not eat or drink 2-3 hours prior to your appointment
- Bring someone to drive you home
- Please do not bring small children to the office
- Remember to bring your ID
Special Instructions if you are a minor:
Florida Law requires patient under the age of 18 must have parental notification.
This means our Physician must speak to the mother, father or legal guardian only to verify they are aware that the patient (minor) has an appointment 48 hours from the time of verification. This time allows communication between minor and parents or Legal Guardian.
If Parental Notification is not an option, minors may obtain a Judicial Bypass. This must be done through the court system and does not take very long. We can assist with this process at no additional charge to the patient. Please call our office for assistance.
A brief medical history will be taken and evaluated. A urine sample will be obtained and used to confirm a positive pregnancy test. Your vital signs will be taken, and a small amount of blood will be needed to check your iron and for Rh typing. If it is determined that you have Rh negative blood, RhoGAM will be administered immediately following the abortion procedure. This medication is necessary to prevent problems in future pregnancies.
An ultrasound is performed on every patient to confirm intrauterine pregnancy and determine gestational age. This is essential to rule out ectopic pregnancy. An ultrasound can also give the physician vital information needed to best perform the procedure. Click here for Pregnancy Calculator
The counseling session is intended to ensure all patients are aware of their options and are comfortable with their decision to terminate their pregnancy. It is also important that patients fully understand the procedure and how to take care of themselves afterward.
We provide this in a private setting, not a group, which enables us to get to know each patient on an individual and personal level. This time is also used to discuss birth control options.
Medication and Anesthesia Options
Every patient will receive a local anesthetic to numb the cervix. Depending on your choice of sedation, Valium and Ibuprofen may also be given to help you relax. Additional sedation options include Nitrous Oxide Gas, IV Sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide Gas is a gas you breathe through your nose. This medication helps you to further relax and the effects last only while you are breathing the gas.
- IV Sedation is a combination of medications given intravenously. The combination of medications works as a strong sedation and sometimes has an amnesiac effect. With this sedation you may not remember the actual procedure.
Both of these options are offered at no additional cost to you. If you choose to be sedated with IV Sedation, you must have someone to drive you from the facility after your procedure.