Especially for Patients

How is an abortion procedure performed? Does it hurt?
Dr. Cousins uses a vacuum aspiration which generally takes under 5 minutes. Usually the last minute or so is crampy and then in 15 minutes it fades off. You can choose IV or oral pain relievers and sedation if you have a ride home. You can also choose the abortion pill up to 8 weeks which causes a miscarriage at home.

Will I bleed or cramp afterwards?
Probably. You may or may not bleed for up to two weeks. Cramps are usually relieved by Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Tylenol.

Do you participate in any research?
We do not have any fetal research going on now, but we do have some other studies, including one for women with PCOS or HPV and one on the Rh factor. If you have a female friend or relative with you, some of our studies include women who are not pregnant.

How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?  Most women feel relieved and a mix of other emotions. How you feel afterwards is mostly determined about how you feel about your decision now, other stresses in your life, and how much support you have. If you feel especially ambivalent or upset, please tell us. Ask for the Pregnancy Options Workbook or call All Optionsat 888-493-0092 to discuss all options. We want you to make the best decision for your life.

Is this confidential?  We take your confidentiality seriously. Please let us know if you are expecting a call from someone checking on you, or if you are worried about someone trying to find out information about you. Your records will be released only at your signed request. Our full HIPAA policy on confidentiality is available upon request.
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