Cedar Rapids Abortion Clinics – 2nd Trimester Abortion Services – Family Planning Associates Medical Group
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Cedar Rapids Abortion Services
Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA) Abortion Clinic for Cedar Rapids, IA residents has been a leading provider of compassionate and quality abortion care for almost thirty years. Many patients travel from Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri to access safe abortion care at FPA clinics, without any waiting period. FPA offers comprehensive women’s healthcare including STI screening, contraception consultation visits with or without an exam, IUD insertion, first trimester surgical and medication abortion up to 10.0 weeks, and second trimester abortion procedures up to 23.5 weeks.
As restrictive abortion laws have been passed throughout the United States in the last few years, FPA has evolved in order to offer help to patients travelling from out of state to access abortion care. Many states have parental consent laws, 18-72 hour required waiting periods, and in some cases additional laws which block women’s access to abortion care. Unfortunately, in most cases these laws prevent women from scheduling and having an abortion procedure in the first trimester. In Illinois there are no waiting periods to delay your care—we can see you any day Monday through Saturday.
Abortion Info in Cedar Rapids
If you live in Cedar Rapids, IA and have recently learned that there is a problem with your pregnancy, we are here to offer support and compassion during this time of loss. We can work closely with your genetics counselor and physicians to coordinate and provide the most appropriate care for you. We can provide a remembrance, in most cases footprints, at your request. Please contact our patient care coordinator, Kathryn Rabbitt Phipps via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns or requests.
We understand that safety is a primary concern for our patients, and we want you to feel comfortable obtaining services with FPA, in our private clinic setting. Our caring and approachable staff will answer all of your questions, help you review your options, and address any concerns that you may have. All of our experienced physicians are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and are on staff at a highly regarded local hospital. Our physicians, advanced care clinicians, administrative staff, nursing personnel, and entire support staff work together closely to offer safe, confidential and caring services to all of our patients, as well as their guests.
We strive to keep our fees affordable, offer generous discounts to patients facing financial hardship, and work closely with The National Abortion Federation to help our patients obtain financial assistance. Even with this help, some women still require additional financial help. We work with all national and local funds, and make every effort to ensure that every woman in need is able to access our services, regardless of their ability to pay.
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Safety of the Abortion Pill
Mifepristone is as safe as a surgical abortion for most women. The medication abortion is a completely noninvasive procedure and does not require sedation or a local anesthetic. However, as with surgical abortion, risk of hemorrhage does exist. In rare cases, the incomplete passage of tissue requires a surgical evacuation.
Serious infection can occur in about 1 per 1,000 women and death from infection occurs in less than 1 per 100,000 women. Therefore, if you develop a flu-like condition including sluggishness, weakness or muscle aches with or without fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol (Cytotec), it is essential that you call us immediately.
As a means of helping to prevent the already low chance of infection, we will provide you with antibiotics. Please tell us if you have any drug allergies or have had any abnormal reactions to any medications. You can help prevent infection by taking your antibiotics as directed and by avoiding tampon use, sexual activity, douching, or placing anything in the vagina for two full weeks after the abortion pill process. Please contact us immediately if you have any signs of an allergic reaction or have other abnormal reactions to your medications during the abortion pill procedure.
Abortion & OB/GYN Women’s Health Services Clinic
If you are travelling to Chicago from the Cedar Rapids, IA area and you need to make overnight accommodations, we have obtained a discounted rate at a hotel just a block away from our office. Click here for more information and to check rates.
If you are interested in learning more about how the medication abortion works click here.
In-office abortion procedures up to 23.5 weeks are offered in our private setting Tuesday through Saturday, and sedation is offered if you would like to be asleep for the procedure—click here to learn more about this safe, out-patient procedure.
Click here to read some of the most common questions that we are asked by patients, and responses from our medical and management staff members.
FPA will gladly bill your insurance company for the services that you receive with us—click here for additional information about insurance billing or to see if we are contracted with your insurance company.
Save time at your visit by filling out registration paperwork now—click here to print these forms at home.
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FPA is proud to provide referrals and resources for our patients, if you are interested in options counseling, would like to set up a text reminder for your birth control pills or need information about abortion funds—click here for more information.
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Abortion & OB/GYN Women’s Health Services Clinic
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At FPA Chicago we provide same day appointments and Saturday appointments for Hammond area abortions, pills and many other services. We also have online appointments available—see our full website for more information on our organization and the services we provide.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The ‘abortion pill’ is a non-surgical method used to terminate a pregnancy. This method is available for women under 10.0 weeks of pregnancy.
With the ‘abortion pill’ procedure, a set of two medications are taken over the course of two days to induce a miscarriage at home. On the first day you will come into the facility, fill out paperwork, have lab work, an exam and an ultrasound, go over your paperwork with one of our staff members and then take the first medication while you are in our office. The first medication terminates the pregnancy and then 24-48 hours later, at home, you will take the second medication. The second medication softens the cervix and induces uterine contractions, which the pregnancy to pass. It is normal to feel cramping, have moderate to heavy bleeding, and to pass large blood clots during this process. A follow up visit is required 1-2 weeks later in order to confirm that the ‘abortion pill’ was successful and that you are no longer pregnant.
After taking the abortion pill, you may experience moderate to severe cramping while passing the pregnancy. In most cases ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil/Midol), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) will alleviate the cramping. If medically appropriate, we will also give you a prescription for a stronger pain reliever, such as Tylenol with codeine for additional pain relief.
The only way to know if the abortion was successful is to return for your follow-up visit 1-2 weeks later. In our experience, it is possible to have heavy bleeding and cramping and pass clots, yet still be pregnant. In very rare cases, the pregnancy can continue to grow and progress after taking the ‘abortion pill’. This is why it is so important to return within a few weeks of your procedure.
In a small percentage of cases, the medication abortion does not successfully cause a miscarriage. In these cases, the patient will require additional medications and medical treatment or a surgical abortion. Any additional care is covered by your initial payment provided that you return for evaluation and treatment in a timely manner.
You should not exercise after taking the pill until you return for you follow-up visit. The clinician will advise you at that time when you can resume physical activity.
Most often you can go back to your regular activities within a week of your procedure. Strenuous exercise can sometimes increase the amount of bleeding and cramping that you experience. If you notice an increase in your bleeding or cramping after exercising you may want to decrease your activity for a few days. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. If at any point you fully soak a maxi-pad in one hour or less you should call us right away. We have a 24-hour call service in case of emergent concerns or questions.
In some cases patients can have period like bleeding for up to 2 to 3 weeks after taking the abortion pill. Bleeding can range from very light spotting to a flow heavier than a normal period. If you ever fully soak one pad in an hour or less, or if you have any questions about what is normal after your abortion, you can always call our office. We have a 24-hour on-call service in case of emergent questions and concerns.
You should not use tampons for two weeks after taking the abortion pill. Sanitary napkins should be used to decrease the possibility of infection and help you to monitor how much bleeding you are having more closely.
The abortion pill is fairly effective, failing about 2% to 8% of the time. This means that 5 to 8 out of every 100 woman who take the abortion pill will need additional medications, medical treatment and/or a surgical procedure to complete the abortion. This is why it is so important for you to return for your follow up visit after taking the medication.
You will take the Mifeprex in our office on ‘day one’ after having an exam, ultrasound, lab work and signing consents. You can go to work, school or make other plans that day, it is very rare that you would start to bleed or pass the pregnancy after taking the first medicine alone. You should make arrangements to be at home on ‘day two’ for at least 24 hours after taking the Cytotec (the second medication). The bleeding and cramping is moderate to heavy for most women and you should not be at school or work while you are passing the pregnancy. In most cases you can return to your regular obligations and activities the following day.
By consenting to take the abortion pill at FPA, you also commit to returning to our office for your follow-up appointment. If you know that you are unable to return to see us, you should not take the abortion pill with us. In order to confirm that the abortion is complete, it is necessary for us to do an ultrasound. The abortion pill procedure is not 100% effective. If the abortion is not complete, only FPA can provide you with the additional medications or services needed to complete it. Home pregnancy tests can remain positive for over a month in some cases.