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Early pregnancy is any pregnancy under 10 weeks, calculated from the first day of your last period. At this stage, the uterus is preparing itself to support the pregnancy. The pregnancy itself only consists of menstrual-like tissue and invisible cells. If you’re at this stage, you have more options for safely and gently ending the pregnancy. Pregnancy termination can be similar to having a miscarriage if you choose from one of the two natural abortion methods we offer.
You can take confidence in our “Privacy in Practice” philosophy. This means we only schedule visits one at a time, with space between appointments so it’s highly unlikely you’ll see another patient. But you will see one of our team members right away, and she will guide you through the process with warmth and compassion. Your visit will last 1-2 hours compared to traditional abortion clinics where appointments can take up to 4-6 hours. You are allowed to have a companion by your side during your whole visit.
SofTouch® is a 3-5 minute procedure designed for women seeking to end an early pregnancy. SofTouch® can also be used to treat an early miscarriage, or to treat an incomplete surgical abortion. This noninvasive method involves a small, hand-held device that quietly brings a natural release of your menstrual flow. The technical term for the SofTouch® method is Manual Vacuum Aspiration. In addition to the Abortion Pill, Manual Vacuum Aspiration is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the safest, non-surgical early abortion option. You can find answers to more questions about SofTouch® here. (link to softtouch FAQ page)
There’s a reason this method is called SofTouch®. It’s a gentle, noninvasive procedure performed with a soft touch by our highly trained physicians. Still, most women experience a few minutes of intense cramping. This is nothing to be afraid of. We will provide you with pain medication to manage the discomfort. Cramping is normal, and is a healthy sign that the uterus is going back to its normal size immediately. The temporary discomfort is also preferable to being put to sleep for a surgical abortion. Most women who have a surgical abortion, such as a D&C, feel pain for hours – even days – afterwards. Surgical abortions also carry a risk to your fertility, but SofTouch®does not.
9 out of 10 women who come to us end up choosing SofTouch® instead of the Abortion Pill. The most common advantage our patients cite is that SofTouch® takes just minutes to complete in one visit, while the Abortion Pill takes up to 3 days and requires two visits. We are also the only practice in the United States to allow a companion of your choice – male or female – to be by your side throughout the entire visit, including during your procedure.
Another advantage of SofTouch® is that there is only minimal bleeding, but the Abortion Pill may involve weeks or even months of bleeding. SofTouch® typically involves moderate cramping which only lasts for a few minutes, while the Abortion Pill causes intense cramping that lasts for hours. The SofTouch® method is also nearly 100% effective, while the Abortion Pill has an effectiveness rate of 96-98% and patients must return to our office to verify termination of pregnancy. With SofTouch®, our physicians can verify, by ultrasound, that the pregnancy has been terminated. With SofTouch®, pregnancy symptoms start to go away within 24 hours. With the Abortion Pill, it can take days before pregnancy symptoms start to resolve.
SofTouch® was designed to be the most natural and effective early abortion method. It is the least invasive manual aspiration procedure available. There is no scraping, electric suction, or metal instruments, so there is no risk of scarring or damage to your fertility. There is no need to be put to sleep, so there is no risk of major complications from anesthesia. It is safer than the Abortion Pill, which can cause persistent, heavy bleeding. The rare complications of a SofTouch® procedure are minor and easily treated with antibiotics or a repeat procedure. Serious health risks are extremely rare and are usually related to the pregnancy, not the pregnancy termination procedure. In fact, the World Health Organization endorses manual aspiration abortion and the Abortion Pill as the safest abortion methods.
If you are unsure about your decision, you have the option of booking a consultation appointment. During this visit, you will talk to the doctor one-on-one and she will answer any and all of your questions. She will also do an ultrasound to verify your dates and review your options with you. There is absolutely no pressure to decide one way or another.