In-Clinic Abortion Service

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Safe, Simple, With the Utmost Precision

Getting an abortion can understandably feel like a daunting prospect to many. There is no need, however, to feel embarrassed, uncomfortable or afraid of the procedure. The medical staff at HealthQ come from all walks of life with years of experience, and we pride ourselves on empowering patients and providing an environment that is safe, supportive and non-judgmental.

Receiving an abortion in our health clinic is a simple medical procedure that is done in a single visit, up to 14 weeks (98 days) from the first day of your last period. The procedure, which only takes 5-10 minutes to complete, is performed by a board-certified physician who will also take time to give you all the information, support and care you need.

When seeking an abortion clinic in Lawrence, MA or the surrounding area, HealthQ is here for you.

What to Expect at an In-Clinic Abortion

Here’s an overview of the process of our in-clinic abortion services.

CONSULTATION AND EXAM

Upon arrival we’ll review your medical information, ask a few quick questions and obtain your consent. Then we’ll do a finger-prick blood test and give you an oral antibiotic medication. Next you’ll meet your physician; they’ll then perform an ultrasound and pelvic exam to confirm the date of your pregnancy and check the position of your uterus.

HOW THE PROCEDURE WORKS

We will begin with a local anesthetic injection that will numb the cervix and uterus to ease your discomfort during the procedure. This won’t sedate you or ‘put you to sleep’, and you have the option of using nitrous oxide for further relaxation and pain management if you like. The procedure dilates the cervix first, and then uses gentle suction to empty the contents of the uterus through a slim tube inserted into the cervix. There is no surgery, cutting, scraping, or sharp instruments. Discomfort during the procedure can range from mild to strong period cramps, and this usually passes very quickly once the procedure is over.

RECOVERY AND AFTERCARE

LMP Calculator

Enter the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) to see whether you are within 14 weeks and eligible for in-clinic abortion. If you are more than 14 weeks pregnant, we encourage you to call the National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund for a referral 1-800-772-9100.

Enter the first day of your last period to see your options.

Are There Any Points to Watch for Post Procedure?

One of our providers is available via answering service after health center hours and on weekends, just in case you need help at any time.

Please call us immediately at (978) 927-9824 or head to the nearest emergency room if you are experiencing one of the following conditions:

  • A fever of 100.4°F or higher, with or without abdominal cramps and foul-smelling discharge.
  • Excessive bleeding, e.g., 1 maxi-pad within 2 hours or passing clots larger than a lemon (smaller clots are normal). It is normal to experience bleeding 5-7 days from the in-clinic abortion procedure, and spotting for 1-2 weeks.
  • Severe or prolonged cramping. IT is normal to experience cramping similar to cramping with a menstrual period for a few days caused by clots in the uterus, which will eventually expel and the cramping will stop. You can take Advil, Aleve, or any generic brand of Ibuprofen or Naproxen, or extra-strength Tylenol, and/or use a heating pad or hot water bottle.

Preparing for Your Visit

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule to find parking.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, call or text our call center at (978) 927-9824 as soon as possible so we can give your slot to another patient. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will try to fit you in but may have to reschedule your appointment.
  • Bring your insurance card, and a valid government-issued photo ID (such as a license or passport).
  • You can come by yourself and drive yourself home. You are welcome to bring a friend to wait with you in the waiting area.
  • Your friend must present a government-issued photo ID and comply with clinic policies. Only patients will be allowed in the exam room.
  • If you are using insurance, confirm with us before your appointment that you’re covered for abortion. This process can take several days so make sure we have your information as soon as possible after scheduling.
  • For safety reasons, children under 12 need to be supervised by an adult at all times in the waiting room, and cannot accompany you to the exam room.
  • We do not allow any weapons, including army knives and pepper spray, on our premises, and no backpacks or large bags, cell phones, or other recording devices in the exam rooms.
  • As a courtesy to other patients, we ask that you refrain from eating and talking on your cell phone in the waiting area.
  • In the case of bad weather, please call prior to your appointment for information about closing. If we need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, we will attempt to contact you by email, text and phone.
  • Do not take any drugs or alcohol that may impair your ability to consent to an abortion 24 hours prior to coming to your appointment.
  • Do not take aspirin 7 days prior to your abortion.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that let you undress from the waist down, and full coverage underwear that can accommodate a pad.
  • It’s helpful to already have a supply of maxi pads (not tampons, menstrual cups, or party-liners) and pain medicine like Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin (not aspirin) at home. Some people like to have a heating pad to help with cramps.
  • If you have any questions, please call or text us at (978) 927-9824.

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Contact Us For More Infomation

We believe that every person should have medically accurate information about all pregnancy options and the freedom to decide whether, when, and how to create a family. We provide quality care to Massachusetts with an open abortion clinic in Beverly, Lawrence, and Haverhill. If you decide to have an abortion, our role is to support you in your decision and to provide you with the highest quality medical care. Please call us to schedule an appointment or talk to one of our trained staff about available options and any questions or concerns you may have.

Emergency Rooms
Nearest HealthQ

Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick St
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 922-3000

Lawrence General Hospital
1 General St
Lawrence, MA 01841
(978) 683-4000

Anna Jacques Hospital
25 Highland Avenue
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 463-1000

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