Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)
Does it hurt?
Each person is different. Some people experience mild cramping while others experience very heavy cramping. Everyone has a different pain tolerance level.
How long will I be bleeding?
With the medication abortion, you will bleed for 24 to 48 hours heavily and then bleeding will taper off like a menstrual cycle.
With the surgical abortion, the bleeding will vary from patient to patient. Some people experience little to no bleeding while others experience heavy bleeding.
Do not use tampons for two weeks after an abortion and contact NFWS immediately if you saturate two oversized maxi pads with blood per hour.
When can I have sex?
You may have sex after the physician has cleared you to resume regular activity. This will happen at your follow up appointment if there are no concerns from the physician. It is highly recommended that contraception be used post abortion as many women can get pregnant immediately following their abortion.
Will I be prescribed medication afterwards?
You will be prescribed medications for both the medication abortion and the surgical abortion. They will be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choosing.
When can I drink alcohol?
You can drink alcohol after all medications are completed and you are released by the physician.
How long will the actual procedure take?
The surgical abortion procedure takes approximately 5-7 minutes.
Can I be sedated?
We do NOT offer sedation. We offer Nitrous Oxide gas (laughing gas) for relaxation and localized numbing agents.
Is this confidential?
Patient privacy is of the upmost importance to NFWS. We strictly follow HIPPA guidelines, and do not disclose any information to outside sources unless specifically requested in writing in the form of a medical records release signed by the patient.
To aide in privacy we offer “VIP” appointments where the patient will be the only patient in the building on our “Non-Clinic” weekdays which are Tuesday and Thursday. VIP appointments are made around the physicians schedule, and the date must be approved before officially being scheduled. VIP appointments also require a non-refundable $250.00 deposit at the time of scheduling. This deposit will not be refunded under any circumstances, and is not related to our $200.00 non-refundable fee for regular appointments.
Is the doctor a “real” doctor?
Yes, our doctor is licensed Medical Doctor and has 26 years of experience in women’s health.
Why can’t I take “the Pill” after 11 weeks?
The pill works by blocking the hormones that support pregnancy. After 11 weeks it is not an effective option.
Is it more effective to start the at home portion of the medication abortion on the first of the three days?
Days 1 through 3 show no difference in effectiveness.
Why can’t I start the at home portion of the medication abortion at night?
The medication manufacturer recommends that the pills be started in the morning. If there are complications, you have easier access to medical attention and the medication will cause heavy bleeding and cramping which may cause you not to sleep through the night if you decide to start them later.
Will my regular doctor be able to tell I have had an abortion?
Unless you see a doctor before the pregnancy hormones have resolved, there should be no way of them knowing you have had an abortion.
Will I ever be able to get pregnant again?
Yes, baring no serious complications. These complication percentages are low but not zero We do not recommend getting pregnant within 6 months of a procedure.
When will my pregnancy test be negative?
HCG (pregnancy hormone) may take 4 to 6 weeks to go to undetectable levels. During this time, a pregnancy test may show positive.
Can I take medications that I am currently prescribed?
You will need to disclose all medications that you are taking to our staff when your appointment is made. The doctor will review these on an individual basis and advise you appropriately.
What if I’m breastfeeding?
Please advise a staff member if you are breastfeeding when making your appointment and the doctor will advise you appropriately.
When will my cycle get back to normal?
It could be up to 10 weeks before your cycle returns to normal.
When do you start your birth control?
Begin birth control on the Sunday after your first period. IUD are best placed the week immediately after your period. Contact your health care provider for instructions.
What if I change my mind?
If you change your mind, you will be refunded all of your money except for the $200.00 non refundable administrative/preliminary fee.
Do I have to be from Tallahassee to come to this clinic to have an abortion?
No, we accept patients from all cities and states. Our office is located in Tallahassee, FL. We are able to provide abortion services to patients in surrounding cities such as:
Quincy, FL., Midway, FL., Havana, FL., Monticello, FL., Crawfordville, FL., Panacea, FL., Blountstown, FL., Madison, FL., Perry, FL., Live Oak, FL., Jacksonville, FL., Starke, FL., Marianna, FL., Chipley, FL., Bonifay, FL., Port Saint Joe, FL., Callaway, FL., Panama City, FL., Lynn Haven, FL., Miramar Beach, FL., Freeport, FL., Defuniak Springs, FL., Destin, FL., Fort Walton Beach, FL., Niceville, FL., Crestview, FL., Navarre, FL., Pensacola, FL., Gulf Breeze, FL., Milton, FL.
We are also available to provide abortion services to patients in the states surrounding Florida such as:
Thomasville, GA., Bainbridge, GA., Cairo, GA., Tifton, GA., Albany, GA., Valdosta, GA., Moultrie, GA., Pelham, GA., Camilla, GA., Quitman, GA., Donalsonville, GA., Blakley, GA., Leesburg, GA., Cuthbert, GA.
Dothan, AL., Enterprise, AL., Ozark, AL., Troy, AL., Atmore, AL., Mobile, AL., Gulf Shores, AL., Foley, AL., Daphne, AL., Montgomery, AL.
Gulfport, MS., Pascagoula, MS., Biloxi, MS., Gautier, MS., Long Beach, MS., Hattiesburg, MS., Jackson, MS., Meridian, MS., Vancleave, MS., Moss Point, MS., Diberville, MS.