Many abortion clinics say they are private. But are they speaking about their financial structure or about the experience for the patient? Unfortunately, many clinics operate by scheduling a high volume of patients to come in at the same time. Women entering a clinic to get an abortion are often surprised to find a waiting room filled with other women and their partners and friends. It can be upsetting to hear other women talking about their situations with having an unwanted pregnancy, to feel like you are just another “number” waiting in line, and to experience a long wait, sitting with other women, waiting to be called for your procedure. Many women have talked about this experience as an “assembly line” where they meet different staff members and go “station to station.” In these high volume clinics, you may not meet the doctor until you are already called into an operating room.
In New York City, Early Options specializes in private early abortion services. We do our best to make sure that you have a private experience in our office. Each patient has a scheduled appointment time, and our staff are devoted to your care while you are in our office. You have a dedicated clinical assistant who stays with you from start to finish. We do our best to make sure your medical care is completed in one or two hours. While you are in the office, all of your care is completed in a private examination room. Your companion is welcome to be with you for the entire visit. We specialize in early abortion services. The non surgical silent aspiration procedure is performed in a regular private examination room, not an operating room. At Early Options, you sit down and discuss your options with a board certified doctor so that you feel comfortable with your medical care and your decision.
Many women travel to New York City from around the world to access our private abortion services. However, if this isn’t an option for you, try to find a clinic that respects your privacy.
Here are some basic questions to ask when you schedule your appointment:
How many women do you schedule at the same time? (Early Options NYC: One)
How many seats are in your waiting area? (Early Options NYC: less than 6)
How long will I be in the office? (Early Options NYC: 1-2 hours)
Will I have an opportunity to talk with the doctor before getting a procedure? (Early Options NYC: Yes. You will meet with the doctor first.)
Will my companion be able to be with me during my medical care? (Early Options NYC: Yes. Your companion is welcome for the entire visit.)
Will I be seated in a private examination room? (Early Options NYC: Yes. You will be in one room, from start to finish.)
By asking these questions, you will be more educated about the options available to you. If you are unable to find a private abortion clinic, you may want to research getting the abortion pill (medical abortion). Most clinics have a separate service for medical abortion that is more private than their surgical abortion option.