Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment for the abortion or D & C procedure?
You do not need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment for any of our services. Appointments can be made by patients themselves of by the referring doctor’s office.
Q: How many days in advance can I make an appointment?
We do not require advance notice for appointment bookings. We offer weekday and weekend appointments as well as same day appointments.
Q: I am under the age of 18. Do I need parental/guardian consent to have an abortion?
You do not need parental/guardian consent to have an abortion procedure.
Q: Is the abortion or D & C procedure painful?
Abortion and D & C procedures are performed under IV sedation medication and local anesthesia. Both procedures take between 3 and 8 minutes to complete during which you may experience uncomfortable pressure and/or pain similar to menstrual cramps.
Q: Will anyone find out I had an abortion?
Your visit to the Clinic is strictly confidential. It is completely your decision who you tell about your abortion including your partner, parents, or family doctor. We will not disclose any information about your visit to anyone without your written consent.
Q: Will having an abortion or D & C procedure affect my ability to have children in the future?
There is no evidence that an abortion or D & C procedure will have any effect on future fertility or any other aspect of your general health. 1st trimester abortion procedures are very low risk and have one of the lowest surgical complication rates of all surgeries performed in Canada.
Please remember that it is very important to always use contraception and practice safe sex.
Cramping: It is normal to experience cramping on and off for 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure.
Post procedure care: To prevent infection, the following instructions must be followed for 2 weeks after the procedure:
- No tampons, sanitary pads only.
- No baths, shower only.
- No sexual intercourse.
- No swimming.
- No hot tubs or jacuzzis.
- No douching.
Post procedure check-up: We advise you to have a check-up 2 to 3 weeks after the abortion and D & C procedure. If you do not feel comfortable seeing your family doctor, you may return to our Clinic or visit a walk-in clinic. During the check-up the doctor will ensure that your uterus and cervix have returned to normal and that there are no signs of infection.
Your next period: Your first period after the abortion or D & C procedure may start anytime from 2 to 8 weeks; however, most women start their period within 4 to 6 weeks.
Please Note: It takes a couple of weeks for your hormone levels to change. For this reason, taking a pregnancy test for up to 4 weeks after the procedure may produce a positive result.
Please remember that our Clinic is always available should you have any questions after your procedure.
Q: What is a medical abortion (abortion pill)?
A medical abortion (abortion pill) is an abortion that is induced by medicine rather than surgery. A medical abortion is available to women who are less than 9 weeks pregnant.
Mifegymiso (mifepristone and misoprostol) are the medicines used in medical abortions.
A follow-up appointment to the medical abortion must be done two weeks after taking Mifegymiso (mifepristone, misoprostol) to ensure that the abortion is complete. Patient must also be prepared to have a surgical abortion if the medical abortion is unsuccessful.
Q: Why choose our Clinic?
– We have been providing safe abortion and D & C procedures since 2002 and have a renowned and uncontested reputation.
– Our Medical Director holds over 25 years experience in performing abortion and D & C procedures.
– Our Director of Nursing holds over 24 years experience in abortion, D & C, and birth control counselling and assisting with abortion and D & C procedures.
– Our staff is experienced, professional, caring, and non-judgemental.
– We continuously receive positive patient feedback.
– Most of our patients are referred to us by friends and family doctors.
– Abortion and D & C procedures are performed under local anaesthesia which makes the procedures safer involving less risk and a shorter recovery time.
Q: What is the difference between having the abortion procedure at your Clinic as opposed to a hospital?
Some of the issues women face with hospital environments include: requirement for a doctor’s referral, requirement for several appointments in order to terminate a pregnancy, and use of general anaesthesia.
Mississauga Woman’s Clinic’s approach to pregnancy termination is different. We do not require a doctor’s referral for booking an appointment and we offer comprehensive treatment in one appointment for pregnancies under 14 weeks gestation.
Abortion procedures at our Clinic are performed under local anaesthesia which makes the procedure safer. Abortion procedures at hospitals are performed under general anaesthesia.
In addition, we offer next day appointments where hospital appointments have longer wait periods.