What to expect on the day of your appointment.
- You can expect to be at the clinic for approximately 2-3 hours.
- Take any regular medications as usual.
- Women who use Insulin should bring it with them.
- Upon your arrival your ID is verified and you will be asked to fill out a medical history form.
- You can ask for assistance for any questions you may have.
How to prepare yourself for your visit
- A valid health card and positive ID is required for health insurance.
- You must have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
- You must abstain from street drugs and alcohol for 48 hours prior to the procedure.
- Bring clean long shirt or night gown and pair of socks or slippers.
- DO NOT bring your children to the clinic.
- DO NOT have anything to eat for 4 hours prior to the appointment .
- DO NOT have anything to drink for 2 hours prior to the appointment.
- Anyone who comes to our clinic for an abortion (medical or surgical) will meet with the counsellor before the procedure.
- The counsellor will try to make sure that you are voluntarily choosing to have an abortion based on accurate information.
- She will explain the procedure and discuss birth control options any concerns you may have.
- After the informative counseling you will be taken to the pre operative area to change in an examination gown and be seated in the pre-operative waiting room.
- A registered nurse will take you to the operating room where an ultrasound will be performed to determine the length of your pregnancy.
- You will NOT be put to sleep.
- You will be offered analgesic / anxiolytic (painkiller / sedation) medication to help keep discomfort level of the procedure to a minimum.
- The doctor will perform the manual examination, give you a local anesthetic and perform the procedure.
- The entire procedure takes 4-8 minutes. During the operation your nurse will monitor your discomfort level, vital signs, and level of consciousness. Most women are able to carry normal conversation with the nurse during the procedure.
Postoperative Recovery Period
After the procedure you will rest in the observation room for 30-45 minutes. You will be offered refreshing drinks and light snacks. A registered nurse will observe you during the recovery period.
When you are comfortable and ready to leave you will be discharged home with all the necessary information about post operative care.