Choices Women’s Medical Center has been providing abortion services in New York City with respect, honesty and a high level of professional care for the past 50 years. Choices offers surgical abortions to women up to 24 weeks pregnant. No matter your personal circumstance, your income or your age. Choices provides free abortion pregnancy testing, and no-cost abortion options are available if you qualify.
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In-clinic surgical abortion is the most effective form of abortion in the first trimester (up to 12 weeks of pregnancy). It is a safe, simple procedure performed by suction (vacuum aspiration) that takes about 2 to 5 minutes. You will be put to sleep by anesthesia (deep sedation) for that time.
After the pregnancy is removed, you will rest in the recovery room for about 1 hour and then be discharged home. You will need to have a friend, partner or relative accompany you. A first trimester surgical procedure is one of the safest outpatient medical procedures. Choices has performed them safely since 1971.
Over 12 weeks of pregnancy, the abortion procedure is called “D&E” (dilation and evacuation), which refers to gentle opening of the cervix and emptying the uterus using suction and surgical instruments. This is a two-day procedure. On day one, a sterile product made specifically to dilate is placed into the cervix by your physician. This takes only a few minutes. You should plan on being at Choices for approximately 2 hours, which includes preparation time.
On day two the procedure is completed. This takes 10-15 minutes, and you will be put to sleep by anesthesia (deep sedation) for this time. You should plan on being at Choices for a total of several hours to include pre-operative preparation and recovery. You will need to have a friend, partner or relative accompany you home.