Frequently Asked Questions – Abortion

WILL THERE BE AN INCISION DURING MY SURGICAL ABORTION?
There is no abdominal incision or scarring in a surgical abortion. The procedure is done via the cervix and via vacuum evacuation.

WHY DO I NEED TO BRING SOMEONE WITH ME, WHY CAN’T I DRIVE MYSELF FOR THE SURGICAL ABORTION?
It is not safe to drive yourself home after twilight anesthesia which is administered during a surgical abortion. You will be given the twilight anesthesia, so you will not be able to drive for 24 hours. It is required that you have a ride to and from the facility. The person designated as your driver must bring a photo ID.

CAN I TAKE ASPIRIN FOR THE PAIN AFTER MY SURGICAL ABORTION OR MEDICAL ABORTION?
No aspirin products should be taken after a surgical abortion or the medical abortion(Abortion pill). Aspirin can cause additional bleeding as a blood thinner. IbuProfen or Tylenol is preferred and the center can instruct you on dosages to take for pain.

IS HAVING AN ABORTION SAFE?
Having an abortion(surgical or medical) is safe, and very few women experience complications. Having an abortion poses fewer risks to a woman than going through pregnancy and birth.

WILL HAVING A SURGICAL ABORTION OR MEDICAL ABORTION AFFECT MY ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT IN THE FUTURE?
Uncomplicated abortion (Surgical Abortion or Medical Abortion) poses virtually no risk to a woman’s future reproductive health, as shown by numerous studies. It is extremely rare for a serious pelvic infection to damage the fallopian tubes, which can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy or fertility problems. You can decrease the risk of infection by seeking prompt treatment if symptoms of infection occur. You should also follow the Home Care Instructions given to you Post Abortion by the staff.

DO WOMEN WHO HAVE AN ABORTION SUFFER FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, “POST-ABORTION SYNDROME”, OR “POST-ABORTION STRESS SYNDROME”?
No. In spite of claims by the anti-choice movements that women who have abortions(surgical abortion or take the abortion pill) are at risk of “post-abortion syndrome” (PAS) or “post-abortion stress syndrome” (PASS), no such syndrome is recognized by any mainstream professional organization.
Women who have had an abortion most frequently report relief, positive emotions, and decreased stress after an abortion. Abortion is not associated with long-term psychological distress.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY ABORTION?
We accept most insurance plans. It is best to contact us with questions regarding cost. We accept cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

WILL I BE AWAKE DURING MY SURGICAL ABORTION?
You will be given twilight anesthesia during the surgical abortion and therefore will not be awake during the procedure.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT GETTING AN ABORTION?
You can change your mind at any time – we want you to be completely sure before the abortion. Call (630)595-1515 or Toll Free at (888)-795-1515 to cancel or re-schedule your appointment. You can also call if you want to come in to discuss pregnancy options with our counselor.

DOES HAVING AN ABORTION INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING BREAST CANCER?
No – there is no proven link between breast cancer and abortion.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF AN ABORTION?
Abortion procedures are very safe, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. No clinical procedure is without risk and these are fully explained to you before treatment.

Afterwards
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE ABORTION?
Recovery after an abortion usually happens fairly quickly. Most women can return to a fairly normal routine in a few days.

HOW MUCH BLEEDING IS THERE AFTER AN ABORTION?
We prepare women to bleed for 1-2 weeks and recommend using sanitary napkins (pads) during this time. The bleeding can be like a normal period (there may be some blood clots). There may also be spotting until your next period. After a surgical abortion, some women may not experience bleeding until their next period. In most cases, there is little to no bleeding after the abortion is completed.
If your bleeding soaks 2 or more sanitary napkins (pads) per hour for 2 hours in a row, contact the clinic or Aftercare line immediately on (630)595-1515 or Toll Free at (888)-795-1515.

CAN I USE TAMPONS AFTER AN ABORTION?
Use sanitary napkins (pads) for 1 to 2 weeks after the abortion. Tampons can be used for your next menstrual period, as advised by the doctor.

WILL I NEED TIME OFF WORK AFTER AN ABORTION?
Most women return to their normal routine in a day or 2 after an abortion. We recommend you rest until you can resume your usual activities. There are some restrictions for two weeks to allow your body to heal. This will be further explained in your home care instructions.

HOW SOON CAN I HAVE SEX AFTER AN ABORTION?
Avoid sex or any sexual activity for 2 weeks after an abortion to reduce the risk of infection. Remember you can get pregnant almost immediately following abortion.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL AFTER THE SURGICAL TREATMENT?
It’s best not to travel within 24 hours of treatment of a surgical abortion. If you must travel, make sure you know how to get emergency medical care if needed.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL AFTER THE MEDICAL Abortion (UP TO 7 WEEKS)?
Traveling away from the center and Doctor is not advised when taking the Abortion Pill. Some MD’s may not give the first set of pills if the patient is planning on traveling. Due to the concern of problems concerning the second set of pills (vomiting before first hour of taking pills, bleeding, cramping, and pain that may be extreme).

Advantage Health Care is a proud member of the Illinois Abortion Clinics.