We appreciate the support you are showing your partner as they face a difficult decision. If you come with them to the surgical abortion appointment, we will make you as comfortable as possible. While most of our attention will be devoted to meeting the needs of the person you are accompanying, we will be happy to accommodate you in any way we can.
The total time of your appointment will be between three and four hours. There is often a break when you can go out to get some fresh air or have a snack or in one of the nearby cafes.
The following information will give you an overview of your partner’s appointment.
- The first step for your companion will be lab work. Following lab work, they will have an ultrasound to accurately date the pregnancy.
- If they are between 6 and 14.6 weeks into the pregnancy by ultrasound, they will meet with a counselor who will spend time with privately to review medical history, discuss the procedure, post-procedure instructions, birth control, and general feelings about the pregnancy, and the decision to terminate. This session usually takes between 30-60 minutes.
- There may be a break after counseling of between 40 minutes and an hour. If the nurse has given your friend/partner medication, they may need to wait for up to an hour for that medication to work. If you’re going to have a long break, we’ll tell you so you can go out of the building if you like – and we’ll let you know when to be back.
- When you return from your break, your friend will go upstairs where they will change into a gown and wait in a waiting room. Friends wait in the waiting room downstairs. If your friend wants you with them during the abortion, we will call you when it is time.
- In the procedure room, you will be given a chair facing your partner. You will be there between 15 and 20 minutes; the procedure itself lasts about 10 minutes. Your companion will experience some cramping during the procedure, as the cervix is slightly dilated and the contents of the uterus removed by vacuum aspiration.
- When the procedure is completed, your friend/partner will walk down the hall to the recovery room, where we will ask them to rest for 20 to 30 minutes while we monitor vital signs (blood pressure & pulse), give prescriptions, and make sure they are feeling well. Most people leave the center with light bleeding and mild cramps, if any.
We want to acknowledge and thank you for being here with your companion today. Please be sure to let us know if we can help you in any way.