Q: Will the abortion procedure affect future pregnancies?
A: Throughout the history of this facility, our physicians have found no evidence to conclude that this procedure, in and of itself, has an effect on future pregnancies.

Q: Is this procedure safe?
A: If you are less than 14 weeks pregnant, it is unusual to have a serious complication (less than half of one percent). Complication rates are slightly higher for abortions performed after 14 weeks.

Q: What are the possible complications?
A: The risk of complications is rare. Some known complications are: uterine perforation, infection, hemorrhage, hysterectomy, continuing pregnancy and even the remote possibility of death.

Q: Can I drive myself home?
A: Yes, but we recommend that you make arrangements for someone to drive you home. You must not drive if you use a sedative.

Q: Will I be put to sleep?
A: No, we do not use general anesthesia. We offer two forms of sedation to choose from; oral diazepam or I.V. Versed. If you choose a sedative, you must have someone drive you home.

Q: How long will I be in the clinic?
A: Plan to be in the clinic 4-6 hours.

Q: How long will the abortion take?
A: If you are less than 14 weeks, the surgical procedure is approximately 10 minutes. Over 14 weeks the procedure is approximately 15-20 minutes.

Q: How much pain will I have during the abortion?
A: The amount of pain experienced during an abortion procedure is individual. You can expect to have cramping that may or may not be stronger than your menstrual period. Most women tolerate the procedure very well. Women with a low tolerance for pain should consider a sedative. If you are less tense you will experience less pain.

Q: What medication can I take to relieve discomfort after the abortion?
A: We recommend ibuprofen (Advil) for uterine cramping. If you are allergic to, or cannot use ibuprofen, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Q: Can my companion be in the room with me?
A: No, we do not allow visitors or companions in the operating rooms.

Q: Do you make financial arrangements?
A: No. We accept most health insurance plans and Minnesota Medical Assistance. If funding is a barrier for you, call the clinic to ask about funding resources that may be available.

Q: What kind of doctors are performing the abortions?
A: All of our doctors are board certified obstetricians/gynecologists (ob/gyn) and have extensive training in abortion services.

Q: How much experience do the doctors have?
A: Most of our doctors have performed abortion procedures for more than 30 years.

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825 South 8th Street, Suite 1018
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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