(Softouch FAQ)

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What is a SofTouch abortion?

SofTouch® is a 3-5 minute procedure specifically designed for women seeking to end an early pregnancy, which is a pregnancy at 10 weeks or less. SofTouch can also be used to treat an early miscarriage, or to treat an incomplete surgical abortion. The technical term for the SofTouch® procedure is Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). This noninvasive method involves a small, hand-held device that quietly brings a natural release of your menstrual flow. Both the Abortion Pill and MVA are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the safest early abortion options.

What is the difference between SofTouch ® and MVA?

MVA is the name of the procedure. SofTouch is the branded name for the private and personalized way that we provide this procedure at Early Options. We believe there is a real advantage in having this option in a normal doctor’s office setting, where you can have a companion by your side, where you don’t have to be in a waiting room or recovery room with other patients, and where you can feel fully supported both emotionally and physically.

Will the procedure hurt?

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. While every woman is different, most patients experience a few minutes of cramping. This is nothing to be afraid of. We will provide you with pain medication to manage the cramps and our clinicians are expertly trained at supporting you during these few minutes of discomfort. It also helps to know that cramping is normal, and is actually a healthy sign that the uterus is going back to its regular size.

How safe is it?

All early abortion methods are safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and the Abortion Pill as the two safest methods for ending early pregnancy.  Routine abortions of any kind do not cause problems with future pregnancies. The rare complications of SofTouch 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 procedure. You will be able to get pregnant if, or when, the time is right for you.

How far into my pregnancy can I get the SofTouch Procedure?

The SofTouch® procedure is best completed between 5-10 weeks of pregnancy, which is calculated from the first day of your last period.  It can be used to 12 weeks of pregnancy at the doctor’s discretion.  If you are unsure of your pregnancy dates, you can schedule a consultation so that one of our physicians can perform an ultrasound and talk to you about your early options.

How long after the procedure until I can get back to normal activities?

While every woman is different, we find that many of our patients leave our office feeling ready to resume their normal activities. There are no restrictions on what you can or can’t do after the procedure.

Who performs the SofTouch® procedure?

Our entire women-only team consists of compassionate, knowledgeable medical professionals. One of our board-certified physicians will perform the SofTouch® procedure after first meeting with you to review what to expect. Led by our Harvard-trained founder, Dr. Joan Fleischman, the entire team of Early Options® physicians has undergone extensive training in this gentle, noninvasive method and early abortion options in general.

How much does it cost

The cost of the SofTouch® procedure falls in the middle of the typical fees associated with terminating a pregnancy, it’s about $1200. When you select SofTouch®, you can feel confident knowing you’ll receive personalized care from our all-woman staff, and benefit from our Privacy in Practice philosophy. We’re also one of the only practices that welcomes a companion of your choice to be at your side during the procedure. When you leave our office, you will feel confident in the medical care you received, and we will support you to feel at peace with your decision.