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A couple months ago, my husband and I, who were trying for our second child, learned that I had a blighted ovum at 9 weeks—meaning a gestational sac had developed but no baby. Having a pregnancy that is not viable in the first trimester is so common (one in four pregnancies are miscarried in the first trimester), but nevertheless it was disappointing, and more emotional than I expected.The OB pushed me to get a D&C (short for Dilation and Curettage). For those who don’t know, D&C is an invasive procedure in which you insert misoprostol vaginally, you’re sedated, and an instrument is used to scrape your uterine lining. A partner is not allowed to be with patients during the procedure; it also requires a recovery period. I did not feel good about this option and the idea of invasive surgery.After sharing this news with a friend, she recommended that I look up Early Options, and I’m so, so grateful I called them. My OB never mentioned MVA, even though it is approved by all OBGYN sources and journals. In fact, I read that "Compared to the sharp-curettage method, use of MVA requires less cervical dilatation and is associated with less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and a reduced need for anesthetic drugs. Vacuum aspiration methods (either manual or electric vacuum aspiration) are recommended over sharp curettage by the World Health Organization" (via ipas.org). I also found https://www.arhp.org/ to be a very helpful resource in learning about MVA.Early Options couldn’t have been a better place to go through this *together* with my husband. Not only was it a very serene, calm, clean, and private environment but the nurses and Dr. Fleischman who administered the procedure were compassionate, kind, and they listened to me. I've never had as much time, openness, and sincerity from a doctor as I had with Dr. Fleischman, which made the whole situation easier. The nurses and Dr. Fleischman provided me with clear information prior to-, during- and for after the procedure. They are all clearly passionate about what they do and the option and choices they offer women and couples. (FYI, Dr. F also noted that they offer their services on a sliding scale, if needed.) I left feeling at peace and totally comfortable, not in pain, not sedated. I slept so well that night and woke up energized, ready for a fresh start.Not most women are given all their options; I wasn't with the OB practice I went to. And unfortunately, not many practices or doctors offer MVA; the cynical side of me believes this is because it is a much less costly procedure than D&C, where a practice might charge an insurance company $5000+.Many women are pushed into D&C without having the time to digest the situation. I am so grateful I had all the information to decide on a method that was best for me, and I am so grateful to have found the team at Early Options.
For a very difficult and emotional time, Early Options and Dr. F provide top of the line care, comfort and support. I was originally scheduled to get the pill from PP, but ended up doing some research on other options, and came across Early Options. From the first time I inquired to after the procedure, the care was amazing and constant.I had the procedure first thing in the morning and the staff went to great lengths to keep everything private and confidential. I only experienced minor cramping and then was overcome with a wave of emotions immediately after the procedure. Dr. F and the staff comforted me and made me feel as is everything I was going through was normal and acceptable. It also helped that my partner was with me in the room the entire time, which is not permitted at most other facilities.We had tickets for a show in NYC in the afternoon and by the time that came around, I was feeling pretty much back to normal. The procedure could not have been easier, the facility is clean, the staff warm and welcoming, and Dr. F is really doing something great for women’s health by trying to provide a safe, comfortable, and caring environment for women. As a professional woman with long hours, I was relieved to learn about Early Options and for a difficult time, the experience and care were exceptional. I applaud Dr. F and the staff at Early Options for their continued efforts to provide women with comfort and support through a difficult time - helping to make everything a little bit easier.
I can't believe this isn't the standard for the way this procedure is handled. I was terrified & this was a heartwrenching decision & I can't imagine having done this anywhere else. From the moment you call, they answer the phone "doctor's office", the door is marked Women & Family health. Everyone is so sweet & genuine & treats you like a human being. The whole thing took maybe an hour. 20ish minutes of vitals/ standard questions. 10 minutes discussing options with the doctor. Then the procedure which in total took maybe 5 minutes. It felt like a routine trip to the gyno besides maybe 60 seconds of SUPER SEVERE & INTENSE cramping. The nurse held my hand, gave me a stress ball for the other hand & put a heating pad on my lower belly. They talked me through the process & changed the subject which made me completely forget about the cramping. Immediately I felt better & kept the heating pad on for 5-10 minutes afterwards. Then they brought me ginger ale & left me to clean up & get dressed for as long as I wanted. I never saw another patient the entire time I was there & I didn't feel rushed. It was about a 15 minute drive home and I felt perfectly fine & went back to work. I don't normally write reviews, but since the reviews brought me to this place & this place was my saving grace, I had to share. If you are going to make this decision, this is the place. I can't say enough wonderful things about the work they do- it is SO important.
I left the clinic several hours ago and was beyond relieved that as the appointment went on, all the reviews were in line with my own experience. Every person I encountered was so gentle, relaxed and created a sense of normalcy and calm. Although this decision IS a big one, the consultation and procedure was by no means dramatic, rather caring yet practical and beyond informative for moving forward. I felt at ease the whole time. Even during the actual aspiration (which for me, at around 5 weeks, took less than 90 seconds) I felt in good hands. It is uncomfortable, then briefly painful, but definitely manageable and having a compassionate nurse who held my hand instantly made things ok. Cramping was the primary sensation and within 5 minutes after, I was feeling twice as better. I was leaving the clinic feeling able to take on the day within 10 or so minutes with a new birth control prescription and information on other clinics for other birth control methods (looking in to an IUD-though they do offer that here as well). I'm so glad this clinic is available. This was my first pregnancy and I could not imagine going any where else for an experience that could have otherwise been very painful or emotionally jarring. I dont ever write reviews but because the reviews I found on their website were a huge part of reason I chose this clinic, I felt the need to share my appreciation and positive experience! I feel nothing but relief and gratitude.
I cannot thank this staff enough. From the moment I walked in I felt comfortable and at home. The staff was caring and made sure I was extremely comfortable. They stayed with me and held my hand through the process (physically and emotionally) .. the process meaning less than 2 minutes. This situation is very hard but they make it as easy and comforting as possible.
No woman wants to get an abortion, it just becomes a necessary choice sometimes as I certainly never saw myself needing these services. No matter what the reason, being able to find options that are safe is most important. Early Options has the most kind, supportive staff you could hope for in a situation where you are nervous and maybe even unsure. The doctor, nurse and other staff were so kind and respectful from initial contact online to leaving the facility at the end of the procedure. No embarrassing questions or lectures, just facts about my options in a peaceful environment. They did urine and blood tests along with a sonogram on-site. I decided on the Soft Touch procedure, which sounded scary, especially since there's no anesthesia, but the pain was only intense for a minute or so and by time you start to really feel it, it's over. They also provided pain medication, antibiotics, sanitary supplies and offered beverages with spa music playing in the background. Abortion isn't a shameful experience at Early Options, they make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. I am truly grateful for the care I received.
All the women at Early Options made sure I felt comfortable, and explained to me very clearly every step of the process. Couldn't ask for anything more. Support, confidentiality, genuine care.
**Please know that I am NOT someone who ever writes reviews, however women NEED to know about Early Options and the truly amazing people who are there to support you and ease all of your distress .**On a Saturday morning, I decided to take a pregnancy test on a whim—I wouldn’t even use the word “speculation”—I thought I’d take the test and move on with my life. I was wrong. After 4 more positive tests and the panic settled in, I didn’t know what my next step would be: do I call someone? Do I know somewhere to go? I googled “abortion pill” expecting that this type of option was like believing in the Easter Bunny or Unicorns...I was wrong again.I came across this website and within Minutes of reading the hundreds of positive reviews, I had already called the office (3 separate time), spoke with the most patient/calming/understanding receptionist, and had an appointment scheduled for 45 minutes later. Same day.Although the circumstances for my appointment at Early Option were under poor terms, I was so happy to be there. I was able to bring my cousin into the room with me and she held my hand the entire time. Both the female nurse and doctor were extremely patient with all my questions and concerns, explained everything thoroughly, and convinced me I was in good hands—I was a human, I was in need of help, I received the best treatment as if I was family.Even now, as I write this review (hours after my visit) I don’t feel anything other than relief and even happiness if you can believe it! Early Options is simply that—a clean, calming safe haven for anyone in need; it’s the 2018 version of how every woman should feel (start to finish, and every day forward) after making this type of decision.
The gratitude I feel for Early Options cannot even be explained in words. From the very first second I made contact with them everyone was incredibly kind and really seemed to care about me as a person. They made everything very clear and everything I experienced was exactly what I was promised. After reading so many horror stories online I was petrified, but this was one of the calmest doctors experiences I've ever had. I am forever grateful for Dr. Fleischman and her staff. They are professional and have your best interests at heart, which is something I have never experienced in a doctors office before. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Having experienced other clinics and Dr’s offices using surgical procedures, I didn’t want to put my body through that scraping again. So I searched and found early options. Not ever hearing of such a procedure I was kind of nervous. However from the time we walked in the staffs hospitality was great! They were friendly, on time, compassionate, caring, detailed in info, comforting. The place was clean and private. I loved the fact that I was the only pt being tended to at that time. It was private. The procedure was quick and there was pain but it lasted less than 5 min on and off. When the procedure was completed I was allowed to stay there as long as liked. I was there after for over an hour with no one rushing me at all. All the staff were women including the Dr. I couldn’t afford the total amount and they agreed to the amount I could. Which I was so grateful for and thought wow they’re really trying to help. It wasn’t just about getting paid for terminating a pregnancy. I wasn’t just the next women in line. Therefore I definitely and wholeheartedly refer them.