Downtown Chicago Abortion and Women’s Health Clinic
659 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago IL 60661
Fax (312) 707-9223
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Up to how many weeks do you terminate a pregnancy?
FPA provides abortion procedures to 23.3 weeks of pregnancy.
How early can I terminate a pregnancy?
In most cases an abortion can be performed once a urine pregnancy test shows a positive result. The pregnancy must be visible on ultrasound, which usually happens around 5 to 6 weeks, in order for an abortion procedure to be performed. This is true both for the surgical abortion and the abortion pill procedure.
Do you provide the “Morning After Pill”?
FPA does not sell the Morning After Pill, but it is available over the counter at your local pharmacy for women age 15 and older. Sometimes it is also called ‘Plan B’. You may need to ask for the medication at the pharmacy window, since they are sometimes kept behind the counter and not on store shelves–just like some cold and allergy medications. If you are younger than 15, you will need a prescription. Just call our facility and we will be happy to help you.
What is the difference between the surgical abortion and the abortion pill?
A first trimester surgical abortion, or D&C (Dilation and Curettage), is a 5-7 minute surgical procedure where the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) is dilated (opened) and a gentle suction is used to empty the uterus. A D&C can be performed up to 13.6 weeks gestation.
The non-surgical abortion, or ‘abortion pill’ procedure, uses two medications to induce a miscarriage at home. With the medication abortion it is normal to have heavy cramping and bleeding while you pass the pregnancy. We do provide pain medication with this procedure to help minimize your discomfort. The abortion pill procedure is offered up to 10.0 weeks gestation.
When will I have my next period?
Normally, your regular menstrual cycle will resume 4 to 8 weeks after an abortion procedure. Please note that some birth control methods can significantly change your menstrual cycle.
If you do not have a period within 8 weeks, please call us and we will schedule a follow-up visit for you at your convenience.
What happens if I have some complications or problems after my abortion?
We have a team of medical professionals at FPA who are well trained and have many years of experience providing abortion care. While complications are rare, they are possible and we are prepared to handle these situations.
We also have professional medical staff on-call and available to our patients 24 hours every day, including weekends and holidays. If you have emergent questions or are experiencing post-operative problems, please call the clinic directly or use our toll-free number (800-541-0356) at any hour of the day or night. Our trained staff will speak with you and may ask that you return to our clinic for evaluation.
Is it safe to have an abortion procedure?
An abortion is an extremely safe surgical procedure. Less than 1% of patients experience any complications at all. Fewer risks exist with abortion than childbirth. Our physicians are highly skilled and specialize in this procedure.
For more information about safety and abortion care from unbiased, trusted outside organizations please see our ‘Helpful Links’ page.
Will somebody talk to me before the procedure?
Yes. Our admitting staff will review your options and medical history, pre- and post- operative instructions, method of payment and birth control information. Our clinician will perform a physical examination prior to the procedure and will answer any additional questions you may have. Lastly, you will meet the physician before your procedure and have the opportunity to ask them questions as well.
How will you know how far I am in my pregnancy?
At FPA, you will have an ultrasound to determine the size and gestation of the pregnancy.
What if I have a negative blood type (Rh negative)?
A blood test performed in our lab that will determine your Rh factor. If your blood is Rh negative, you will be given an injection of MICRhoGAM or RhoGAM, depending on your gestation, following the procedure. There is no additional fee for this injection at FPA.
How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?
In our experience, the majority of our patients feel relieved after the procedure. It is also normal to feel anger, guilt and regret–every patient is unique and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to feel. We understand that abortion is a complex decision and we are sensitive to your feelings before and after the procedure. We are grateful that we can offer women a safe solution for undesired or problematic pregnancies. If you are struggling with your decision, before or after the procedure, please know that help and support is just a phone call away. It can be very helpful to speak with someone outside of your everyday life–someone who is just there to listen without judgment or providing pressure.
We recommend the following organizations for free, unbiased support. You will find additional information about these organizations and links to their websites on our ‘Helpful Links’ page:
Backline: (888) 493-0092, Exhale: (866) 4-EXHALE or Faith Aloud: (888) 717-5010
What if I do not get my period soon after the abortion?
In most cases, your menstrual cycle will begin 4-8 weeks after the abortion. If you do not have a period within 8 weeks, please call us and we will schedule a follow-up visit for you at your convenience.
Please note that it is possible to become pregnant again immediately following an abortion procedure–within just a few weeks in some cases. If you do not start on a method of birth control immediately following your procedure, you could become pregnant before you have a period.