Here are some of the questions you will be asked when
booking an appointment at our clinic. Please be sure to have
this information ready when you call:
We will ask you to provide the date of the first day of
your last normal menstrual period. If you are unsure of
that date, you will speak with an intake counselor who
will help you assess what may be required to find out
your last normal menstrual period date.
Have you had any previous pregnancies?
Were they normal vaginal deliveries or caesarian
Do you have any allergies?
Any reactions to medications, anesthetic or latex?
Do you have any health or medical problems?
Are you on any medications?
How much do you weigh?
We will also need basic personal information such as
name, date of birth and a contact number for you.
How to Prepare
for your Appointment:
are not permitted to drive after the procedure. If
you do not have a drive home, you will be rebooked for
another appointment. There are
exceptions to this rule as it is for your own health and
safety that we must enforce the no driving policy.
You must bring picture I.D. and your provincial health
card (if applicable).
Please bring a loose-fitting t-shirt, a bathrobe, and a pair of socks.
No food, this includes gum or candy, 4 hours before your appointment. You should drink plenty of water prior to your appointment and arrive with a full bladder for the ultrasound.
What to expect
on the day of your visit:
arrival you will be asked to complete intake paperwork.
Shortly thereafter, you will be called by a nurse to
have an ultrasound examination to confirm the length of
your pregnancy and a routine finger-prick blood test to
determine the RH factor of your blood. 15% of the
population have an RH negative blood type. We will
perform a simple finger prick test to determine if you
belong in the RH negative or RH positive blood group.
If you are RH negative you will be given an injection of
WinRho SD (Anti-D Globulin) to safeguard any future
pregnancies. Please speak to the counsellor, nurse or
doctor if you have any questions about the RH factor.
You will then see a counsellor with whom you can discuss
any questions or concerns that you may have about your
decision or about the abortion procedure. She will
review your medical history and advise you of what form
of birth control will be most appropriate for you.
Please discuss any concerns you may have with the
counsellor. At the end of the talk with the counsellor,
she may give you medication to relieve anxiety and to diminish
Your counsellor will provide you with an Informed
Consent Form. This document is to inform you of all
complications that are possible as a result of a
surgical abortion and must be signed by you before an
abortion can be performed. While reading the list of
complications may scare you, know that to
list them all is a legal requirement. In
practice very few complications actually occur. Surgical
abortion has one of the lowest
A nurse will then show you where to change and give you
locker where you may
safely leave your personal
possessions, before accompanying you to the operating
room to meet the clinic doctor.
The operation involves a safe and simple procedure
during which the doctor gently opens the cervix
(dilation) and empties the uterus by aspiration. The
entire procedure only takes between 5 and 10 minutes. To
ensure maximum comfort, conscious sedation is offered.
When the abortion is over the nurse will take you to the
recovery area where you can rest. Medications are
available for women who experience uncomfortable
cramping following the procedure. Recovery is rapid and
most patients feel ready to leave in approximately 30
When you are ready to leave the recovery room, the nurse
will explain how to take care of yourself after
the abortion. She will provide you with some
post-operative information to take home. This important
information includes after-care advice and our 24 hour
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