Abortion Services at Choices are All About Respect, Honesty and Care
Choices Women’s Medical Center has been providing abortion services with respect, honesty and a high level of professional care for the past 45 years. Choices offers medical (the “abortion pill” up to 10 weeks of pregnancy) and surgical abortions to women up to 24 weeks pregnant. No matter your personal circumstance, your income or your age.
Choices is Here to Help. Here's How:
- An experienced, dedicated medical and counseling team is dedicated to providing the best of care for our patients.
- A state-of-the-art facility and the highest quality healthcare practices to keep you safe.
- On site sonograms and lab facilities make it easier and more convenient for you.
- Sessions with licensed clinical social workers who will support, listen and help you claim the power to make important life decisions.
- A free-of-charge follow up appointment, that is included as part of the procedure to make sure you are healing, healthy and your life is getting back to normal as quickly as possible.
- No worries about State mandated waiting periods, age restrictions or permission from partners.
- Flexible Payment Options-Accepting most major health insurances, Medicaid and other government assistance programs as well as offering reasonable self-pay rates.
- Financial Assistance-If you need financial help, Choices will help you find a way to access the services you need. No one will be turned away Taking your application for Emergency Medicaid and be able to fast track you for a same-day appointment Complete confidentiality.
What type of abortion will I need and what can I expect?
You are considered to be in the first trimester of pregnancy, and you may have the option of a medical abortion (called RU 486 or the “abortion pill).” This type of procedure is most effective when used as early in the pregnancy as possible. The Choices medical team will explain the procedure to you and give you a sonogram by a Choices sonographer to confirm your pregnancy, gestational size and to determine if this procedure is right for you. After your sonogram, a Choices counselor will explain the procedure and help you to understand all your options. You will then meet with a health care provider who will administer the first pill. You will also be given detailed instructions on the next step and a 24/7 telephone number to a Choices “on call” nurse to call if you have any questions, problems or concerns. Several days later, at home, you will complete the medication series by taking the other pill. The abortion pill works differently on every woman and may have different effects on your body. You may feel cramps similar to those with a heavy menstrual period, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and heavy bleeding. Medical abortion can take anywhere from 3 days to 4 weeks to complete, and a follow-up visit to Choices is mandatory to make certain that the procedure is successful. About one in 20 women, who request a medical abortion, will later need a surgical procedure because the medical abortion failed. A Choices counselor will go over all the details and help you decide if this procedure is right for you.
Currently, we are also offering the option of medical abortion by telemedicine through the TelAbortion Study. This option may be helpful to women who have difficulty coming to Choices. In this study, you would have a consultation with a Choices provider by videoconference and get required screening tests near your home. If you are eligible, we would send you the abortion medications by mail. For more information, go to www.telabortion.org or click here.
You are considered to be in the first trimester and the procedure is simpler and easier on your body. The cost is lower as well. Most abortions in the U.S. are done in the first trimester. Right after you check in, you are given a sonogram by a Choices sonographer to confirm your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are. You will then meet with your counselor to discuss your options and then meet with a Choices physician. The procedure itself is short and simple, taking only about 5-8 minutes. In most cases, you will be given general anesthesia (put to sleep). After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room where our team of registered nurses will monitor your condition and assist you with anything you may need. You can expect to have menstrual-like cramps and perhaps experience a bit of dizziness, nausea or weakness. Once our team of medical professionals determines that you are ready, you will move to the sit up area and be ready to go home after about 30 minutes. You will need to arrange for an escort to accompany you home. You will be sent home with detailed instructions and a 24/7-telephone number to a Choices “on call” nurse in case you have any questions or are experiencing any pain or discomfort which can sometimes accompany the procedure. Finally, before you leave Choices, we will schedule your free follow up appointment in two weeks, to make sure you are healing properly and discuss birth control alternatives with you.
You are considered to be in the second trimester of pregnancy and the procedure is most likely done in two stages over a two-day period. On your first day, once you check in to Choices, you are given a sonogram by a Choices sonographer to determine your gestational size. You will then meet with your counselor to discuss your options as well as the procedure itself. The next step is to see a Choices physician who will review all your information and then insert dilators or small organic strips into your cervix causing it to gently open over the next 24 hours. You will be given instructions on what to expect with the dilators in place and also a 24/7 telephone number to a Choices “on call” nurse in case you have any questions or concerns. You will also be given your appointment to return to Choices the next day for the second and final stage of your procedure. On your second day, the second stage of the procedure takes place with you under general anesthesia. This takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete after which you will be taken to the Choices recovery room where our team of nurses will monitor your condition and assist you with anything you need. Your recovery time will take approximately one hour. You will need to arrange for an escort to accompany you home. After the procedure, you may experience vaginal bleeding, similar to a normal menstrual period. You will be sent home with detailed instructions and a 24/7 telephone number to a Choices “on call” nurse in case you have any questions, are experiencing any pain or if you have any concerns at all. Your free follow up appointment, which is part of the procedure, will be scheduled before you leave Choices and you will return in 2 weeks
Why does Choices include a counseling session?
A licensed clinical social worker meets with every patient that comes to Choices for an abortion. Knowledge is power and understanding your options and what the procedure is all about will lessen your stress or anxiety. Your session with a Choices counselor will be completely confidential, objective, and honest and offer factual information to help you make the right decisions
Recent legislation in certain states has made it difficult and sometimes impossible for women to access vital abortion services close to home. Choices understands how serious this is and welcomes women from outside the NYC Metropolitan area and from other states to access services via its Out of Town Program. Choices is part of a dedicated care network of healthcare providers, organizations and charities that are committed to helping you get the services that you need. Our hospitality program has helped women from upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Barbados. If you live outside of the NYC area, in another state or even another country, the Choices mission and commitment to its patients remains the same and crosses all boundaries, geographical as well as political. Through Choices Out of Town program you will be able to access the care you need, including safe, confidential and compassionate second trimester abortion services. When you call to make an appointment, ask to speak to our “Out-of-Town Counselor” who can help you with the following: Financial Assistance – Choices accepts Medicaid from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. In some cases, prior authorization may be required. We also partner with funding agencies, such as NYAAF that have been established to help pay for abortion services for low-income women.
Choices accepts Medicaid from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. In some cases, prior authorization may be required. We also partner with funding agencies, such as NYAAF that have been established to help pay for abortion services for low-income women.
If you are coming for a two-day procedure or traveling from a long distance, you may need to stay overnight. Choices has made arrangements for discounted hotel rates or can connect you with an entire volunteer network of caring people in the Haven Coalition. With a bit of advance notice, Haven Coalition will “host” your stay at one of their homes and can arrange for an escort to accompany you to your appointment at Choices.