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Abortion FAQ - Preparing for Your Visit


Patients learn how to prepare for a visit prior to appointment

At NOVA Women's Healthcare, we do our best to make your appointments and care as comfortable as possible. Below, you will find questions and answers regarding preparations you should understand and make for your appointment.

 

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What is the 24 Hour Consent Consultation?

State law requires that a patient considering abortion must be notified of the following information 24 hours prior to the time of surgery.

  1. full medical explanation of the nature, benefits, risks and alternatives to the abortion procedure
  2. understanding that the patient may withdraw consent at any time prior to the performance of the procedure
  3. opportunity to speak with the physician who is to perform the abortion so that the physician may answer any questions that the patient may have and provide further information concerning the procedures and protocols
  4. the probable gestational age of the fetus (how many weeks pregnant) at the time the abortion is to be performed as confirmed by sonogram
  5. opportunity to review the printed materials provided from the Department of Health. If the patient has chosen to review such materials, this information was provided at least 24 hours before the abortion or mailed at least 72 hours before the abortion by the first class mail, or certified mail / restricted delivery

 

 

Can I eat or drink before a surgical abortion procedure?

  • Do not eat solid food 8 hours prior to your arrival.
  • You may have clear fluids (water, apple & grape juice) up to 4 hours prior to your arrival.
  • Do not chew gum or suck on candy.
  • All medications normally taken in the morning can be taken with a ½ cup of water.

If you are Diabetic:

  • Diabetic patients are required to have first appointments in the morning.
  • Call in advance and inform us of any medication or insulin you must take in the morning of surgery.
  • Take your blood glucose level in the morning and inform us of the results at the time of your appointment.
  • Please bring in your insulin, diabetic medications and glucose meter.

Your care is very important to us. Please contact us for complete instructions about your appointment.

 

What else should I do prior to my appointment for a surgical abortion?

  1. Do not eat solid food 8 hours prior to your arrival.
  2. You may have clear fluids (water, apple & grape juice) up to 4 hours prior to your arrival.
  3. Do not chew gum or suck on candy.
  4. All medications normally taken in the morning can be taken with a ½ cup of water.
  5. Take a cleansing shower.
  6. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, socks and shoes. No flip-flops, heels or sandals please.
  7. Do not wear jewelry.
  8. Bring your photo ID & insurance card (if applicable).
  9. Minors must have documents which include state and federal issued photo i.d., date of birth and documents that list parent or guardian. Parent/guardian must have state and federal issued photo identification.
  10. Bring any medications you are currently taking or should have in case of medical need such as an inhaler for asthma attacks Please inform us of medical conditions and medications you are taking when you call for your appointment.
  11. Bring your preferred form of payment from our Payment for Services List.
  12. Come with someone you trust, who will drive you home and help take care of you. You cannot drive until 24 hours after surgery. Please leave all valuables at home or with your driver.
  13. Other patients may be sensitive to children and infants, if possible, please leave them at home with a trusted person.
  14. Ask questions. If you have time, you can complete your registration forms before arriving to your appointment. Click here to get the forms.

The staff at NOVA Women’s Healthcare encourages you to follow our patient instructions with diligence. Not following your patient instructions may cause your appointment to be rescheduled. If you have any questions about your instructions please contact us at your convenience.

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