Early Pregnancy

What is early pregnancy?
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 pregnancy. Pregnancy termination can be similar to having a miscarriage if you choose from one of the two natural abortion methods we offer.


How do I know how far along I am?
To calculate your pregnancy, count from the first day of your last period. For example, if the first day of your last period was on January 1st, you would be 5 weeks on or around February 6th. You can also schedule an ultrasound appointment with us to verify your pregnancy date.


Can you tell me the day I conceived?
An ultrasound is accurate within about 3 days. One of our physicians can also speak with you to help you determine when you may have conceived.


What are my options?
The best way to understand your options for ending a pregnancy is to schedule a consultation with one of our caring physicians from our woman-only team. She’ll walk you through your early abortion options. Because we only specialize in natural, early abortion methods, you can rest assured that you’re not posing any unnecessary risks to your reproductive health.


Earliest Options
Our safe and natural SofTouch® method is available from the first positive pregnancy test to 5 weeks from the first day of your last period. SofTouch® is a gentle, non-surgical procedure that takes just 2-5 minutes.


Early Options
This is an optimal time to end early pregnancy. At this stage, you have two natural abortion options. You can opt for the SofTouch® method from 5-10 weeks from the first day of your last period. Or you can select the Abortion Pill, which can be used from 5-9 weeks from the first day of your last period. Learn more about your early abortion options, here.


How much do early abortion options cost?
Both the SofTouch® procedure and the Abortion Pill are the same cost: $1200. This is much less than you would pay for a surgical abortion. If you’re in the stages of early pregnancy, a surgical abortion isn’t just an unnecessary cost – it’s medically unnecessary. You don’t need to subject your body to an invasive procedure that carries risks to your fertility. You can choose an earlier, gentler option by coming to us. No matter which option you choose at Early Options, you’ll receive personalized care from our all-woman staff, and benefit from our Privacy in Practice philosophy. We’re also the only practice that welcomes a companion of your choice to be at your side during the procedure. These are priceless advantages that you won’t get at an abortion clinic.


What are the advantages of early abortion?
Because the pregnancy itself has not developed, there is very little tissue that has to be removed in early abortion. Many women feel that ending a pregnancy early is simpler to navigate emotionally. Early pregnancy termination is also gentler on your body if you choose the right abortion method. Here, we only offer natural, noninvasive methods such as the Abortion Pill and SofTouch®.


What is the best way to end an early pregnancy?
Early Options was founded by Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Joan Fleischman, to provide women with natural, safe abortion options. That’s why we offer the Abortion Pill, and the SofTouch® method – designed specifically for ending an early pregnancy.

Unfortunately, many abortion clinics will perform an invasive surgical abortion to terminate an early pregnancy, even though it carries unnecessary risks to your fertility.

But it’s not just our team of physicians who recommend gentler, safe abortion methods for ending an early pregnancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses manual aspiration abortion and the Abortion Pill as the safest abortion methods. SofTouch® is the safest type of aspiration abortion available.

WHO has stated in its Technical Guidelines on Safe Abortion: “Aspiration and medical abortion are preferred methods for abortion in the first trimester. Both these methods are safe, effective, and suitable for the primary level of care and should be available at levels of care with greater capacity and in many private clinical settings.”

IPAS, an international organization dedicated to safe abortion care adds: Regrettably, many health facilities still use the sharp curettage or dilation and curettage (D&C) method. The WHO guidelines state that because women’s risk of complications is substantially higher with sharp curettage than with vacuum aspiration or medication abortion, this method should be used only when vacuum aspiration and medication abortion are unavailable.