Early Abortion FAQ

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We offer the Abortion Pill from 5-11 weeks and the SofTouch procedure from 5-12 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period.

If you choose the SofTouch® method, the abortion will take only one visit to the provider. The procedure takes 2-5 minutes. A follow up visit is scheduled only as needed. If you choose the abortion pill, it's approximately 2 visits to our office. You take one pill when you’re in the office. After that, you usually don’t feel any different. You take another set of pills at home. Those pills cause you to have an early miscarriage. This usually happens within hours of taking the second pills, but sometimes it can take longer. You must come back for a follow-up visit a week later.

If you choose the SofTouch procedure, there is no intense pain but rather discomfort. The pain is compared to strong period cramps. You will experience 1-2 minutes of strong cramping. If you choose to take the abortion pill, you’ll likely experience some cramping and bleeding that is heavier than a period for several hours. Usually by the next day your bleeding is like a heavy period. The bleeding is usually heavier than a period for the first few hours; then becomes like a period, then stops and starts. The spotting or irregular bleeding can last for weeks to months and is normal.

The Abortion Pill and SofTouch® are equally safe and effective. It’s more a matter of your own personality. Many women choose the Abortion Pill because they feel like it’s more natural. They don’t mind the extra visits. On the other hand, many women choose the SofTouch® procedure because they want to have it be done that day. Most women are happy with whichever method they choose.

If you are early enough to take the Abortion Pill (under 9 weeks since the first day of your last menstrual period,) there is no visible embryo. At this stage, the pregnancy consists of a heavy period, a tiny bubble of fluid, and invisible cells. You will see blood, that looks like your period. You may see some of the pregnancy lining that looks like a wet paper towel material. You may pass small or large clots

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®.

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.

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.  The 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."

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“There is truly no need for anesthesia. The process is quick and so is the recovery time.”
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"I felt so at ease with all of the staff. They were so kind and talked to me like I was a real person."
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“Early Options is a place where I felt safe, supported and taken care of during one of the most vulnerable times of my life.”
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“I honestly wish every medical experience could be this comfortable and efficient”
Read More
“The attunement of the staff to my emotional needs at the time was incredible.”
Read More
“There is truly no need for anesthesia. The process is quick and so is the recovery time.”
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"During an emotionally charged time in a woman's life, going to place with privacy and peacefulness is extremely important."
Read More
"I know that finding a place like this that treats you with dignity, respect and without judgment is pivotal to making peace. "
Read More
"I felt so at ease with all of the staff. They were so kind and talked to me like I was a real person."
Read More
"They literally held my hand each step of the way and comforted me."
Read More
"I was nervous and scared, but was quickly put to ease. They even allowed my partner in the room with me to hold my hand."
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"Take it from someone who was an absolute nervous wreck coming into this office, the staff was unbelievable."
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When can I take the Abortion Pill?

What will the actual abortion feel like?

How does the Abortion Pill work?

How much bleeding will I have?

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