Frequently Asked Questions – About Abortion
Obria Medical Clinics at Whittier, Pasadena, and Compton are where you can get medically accurate facts, answers to your abortion and pregnancy questions, and respectful compassionate help that you want and need. We are here to walk with you through your pregnancy options for you to make the best decision for your situation.
Pregnancy Assessment – might be FREE depending on patient insurance / income, including:
- FREE medical grade urine pregnancy verification testing verified by a nurse
- FREE pregnancy confirmation Ultrasound exam
- FREE pregnancy options education / counseling (including abortion info if you are considering abortion)
All Other services – are Low Cost to No Cost (Free) based upon patient insurance / income. However, no patient is ever turned away due to inability to pay!
Our professional medical staff are available to discuss any questions you may have regarding an abortion, barriers to continuing a pregnancy, as well as abortion procedures, costs, and risks associated with abortion near you. The types of abortion near you that may be available depend on factors such as how far along you are in your pregnancy.
We do not provide abortions or abortion referrals. But, no matter what choice you make, we respect you and will be there for you. We are devoted to listening and supporting our patients, without judgment, in a holistic and supportive atmosphere.
What if I start taking the Abortion Pill and then regret my decision or change my mind?
If you have started taking the Abortion Pill and have feelings of remorse or are questioning your decision, it may not be too late. There is hope!
There is a possible reversal process if it has been less than 72 hours since you took the first Abortion Pill.
How is a medical abortion (abortion pill) different than a surgical abortion?
A Medical Abortion (abortion pill) can be used up until the 9 week pregnancy mark.1 This is done using 2 different medications (5 pills total).
After 9 weeks a Surgical Abortion needs to be used for an abortion. There are three different types of surgical abortions including Suction Aspiration, Dilation and Curettage (D&C), and Dilation and Evacuation (D&E), and each procedure is dependent upon how far along you are in your pregnancy.
How long will it take me to physically recover from an Abortion?
After an abortion is complete, most women can return to most normal activities in several days1, but you will need to avoid strenuous exercise for about 1 week2. Some women have other limitations due to special circumstances.
Avoid swimming and baths for 2 weeks and don’t lift anything over 15 pounds. Avoid sex, the use of tampons, and douching for at least 1 week or until the bleeding stops completely.2
Carefully follow the instructions of your medical healthcare provider. Make sure you do your follow-up appointment(s) if given to you. These exams can determine that your cervix is closed, the abortion was complete, and there is no infection or other complications.
What are my other Pregnancy Options?
Other options include Parenting and Adoption. There are several types of options within these options. Each will uniquely affect and change you.
We can help you explore all these options and give you the support and resources you need to make an informed decision. Only you hold the key to what’s going on in your life–but it is important to gather this accurate information to be assured that you are making the best decision for you.
Is the Abortion Pill the same as the Morning After Pill / Plan B?
The abortion pill (“Plan C”) is not the same as the “morning after pill,” also called the “Plan B pill” or an “emergency contraceptive.” The abortion pill is intended for women who have a verified pregnancy and is used to terminate an existing pregnancy.
The “morning after pill” is intended to prevent a pregnancy from occurring – it is used shortly after sexual intercourse. The newest morning after pill, Ella, works on a similar fashion as the first pill in the RU-486 protocol, in that its action blocks progesterone receptors. It is approved by the FDA for use up to five days after intercourse and has abortifacient effects.
For either pill it is advisable to speak with a medical professional before considering them, due to health considerations.
No matter what choice you make, Obria respects you and will be there for you.
Pregnancy Services – might be FREE depending on patient insurance / income, including: FREE medical grade urine pregnancy verification testing verified by a nurse, FREE pregnancy confirmation via Ultrasound, and FREE pregnancy options education. However, no patient is ever turned away due to inability to pay!
1 Cleveland Clinic. (2021). Medical Abortion. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21899-medical-abortion
2 Planned Parenthood (n.d.). Caring for yourself after an abortion. Retrieved August 12, 2022 from Planned Parenthood website.