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FAQs

Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment for the abortion or D & C procedure?

Q: How many days in advance can I book an appointment?

Q: If I am under the age of 18, do I need parental/guardian consent to have an abortion?

Q: Is the abortion or D & C procedure painful?

Q: Can anyone find out I had an abortion or D & C procedure?

Q: Will having an abortion or D & C procedure affect my ability to have children in the future?

Q: What should I expect after the abortion or D & C procedure?

Q: What is a medical abortion?

Q: Is RU-486 (abortion pill) available in Canada?

Q: What is the difference between methotrexate (used in Canada in medical abortions) and RU-486?

Q: Why choose our Clinic?

Q: What is the difference between having the abortion procedure at your Clinic as opposed to a hospital?


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Q: What should I expect after the abortion or D & C procedure?
Bleeding: It is normal to experience bleeding or spotting for 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure or not to experience any bleeding at all.

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.

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Q: What is a medical abortion?
A medical abortion is an abortion that is caused by medicine rather than surgery. A medical abortion is only available to women who are less than 7 weeks pregnant. In Canada, methotrexate and misprostol are used in medical abortions.

– Methotrexate is a drug that is used to treat certain types of cancer or to control severe psoriasis. In medical abortions, methotrexate is used to stop the growth of the pregnancy. Methotrexate is usually administered by an injection.
– Misoprostol is a drug that causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Misoprostol tablets are placed in the vagina a few days after methotrexate is administered. Bleeding may start 12 to 24 hours after misoprostol is administered and may last 4 to 6 hours to several days.
– A follow-up to the medical abortion must be done one or two weeks after the methotrexate injection to ensure that the abortion is complete. Patient must also be prepared to have a surgical abortion if the medical abortion is unsuccessful.
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Q: Is RU-486 (abortion pill) available in Canada?
RU-486 (known as mifegymiso in Canada), commonly referred to as the abortion pill, was approved by Health Canada at the end of July, 2015 and is available in Canada.

The Mississauga Woman’s Clinic will start offering mifegymiso to its patients in September, 2017.  Currently, mifegymiso is not covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) and it costs between $300 and $450; however, according to Ontario Health, the government is in conversations with the drug manufacturer and hopes to begin covering mifegymiso in the near future.

In medical abortions mifepristone is used with misoprostol.

– Mifepristone is a drug that blocks the pregnancy hormone, progesterone. Mifepristone is administered orally.
– Misoprostol is a drug that causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.  Misoprostol is administered orally or vaginally.
– A follow-up to the medical abortion must be done one to two weeks after to ensure the abortion was successful. If the medical abortion is unsuccessfully, the patient must be prepared to have the surgical abortion procedure.
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Q: What is the difference between methotrexate and RU-486?
It is suggested that methotrexate is less effective and that the process may take longer with methotrexate than with RU-486.
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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 23 years experience in performing abortion and D & C procedures.
– Our Director of Nursing holds over 22 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.
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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.
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