We recognize that women who seek our services have individual needs and circumstances. By providing abortions in a private setting, we are able to accommodate these needs.
Over the years, we have earned the trust of many physicians because they know their patients will receive exceptional medical care in a supportive environment. Our office is a friendly, comfortable environment where you will be treated with kindness and respect. The entire staff is specially trained to meet the needs of our patients.
At our offices in Denver and Englewood, we offer both medical and surgical abortions. Below, our doctors have addressed many common questions about abortion in general, and then each specific type of abortion. If you have any questions that aren't covered below, please call us, our staff or doctors will guide you to answers.
Are there protestors outside your medical office?
No. We are proud to offer personalized and private care, without the hassle of protestors yelling at or harassing our patients.
Which location do you offer abortions at?
We offer both medical and surgical abortions at both locations.
How quickly can I be seen for an abortion?
We can see patients within the week that they call us for help.
Are the success rates for medical and surgical abortions different?
No, they are both more than 99 percent effective.
When do I pay for the procedure?
Regardless of insurance status, all patients pay us for the procedure before it takes place. We will submit bills to insurance companies for patients who have insurance. Oftentimes, insurance companies cover most of the cost of the procedure. We will reimburse you any money your insurance gives back to the price of your procedure. Unfortunately, as non-payment has previously been an issue at our practice, we do have to be paid for abortion procedures before we will perform them.
We do have a Freedom Fund to help self-paying patients afford care when they need it most. Generally, we can give patients who need it $50 toward the cost of their procedure.
How much do medical and surgical abortions cost?
Medical abortions, which are only available for women up to 10 weeks into their pregnancy, cost $410. Surgical abortions, for women up to 12 weeks, are $360. If your pregnancy is more than 12 weeks, please call our office to discuss prices.
Can I switch which type of abortion I want when I get to the office?
Yes. Especially because we need to better understand the timing of your pregnancy, women are always allowed to choose whether they want a medical or surgical abortion on the day of their appointment.
If I get an abortion, can I still get pregnant in the future?
Yes. More than 99 percent of women will not have any problem getting pregnant in the future because they got an abortion. In a very small number of cases (less than one percent), some women may be prone to an infection which could interfere with future fertility. Please talk to our doctors, rather than turning to the internet, to learn more about the real statistics and likelihood of this.
What if I am Rh-negative?
It is fairly common to be Rh-negative—15 percent of people are. Many women discover that they are Rh-negative during a pregnancy that needs to be terminated. If you are Rh-negative, we will help terminate your pregnancy and provide an injection of Rhogam for $60 that will help protect your future pregnancies.
Understanding your Rhesus (Rh) factor is important, because when a man and woman are either Rh-negative—or one is Rh-negative and the other is positive—the fetus can end up with a different status than the mother. When mothers are Rh-negative and the fetus is positive, a mother’s antibodies will attack the baby. Rhogam shots coat a fetus’s cells so that the mother’s body doesn’t recognize them, and doesn’t hurt them.
Medical Abortions ("the abortion pill")
What is RU486/Mifeprex?
Mifeprex is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for ending an early pregnancy. It can be taken up to nine weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, and it is 90 to 95 percent effective.
How do these medications work?
Two medications are used to complete a medical abortion.
Mifepristone (RU486/Mifeprex) is a medication that blocks progesterone, the hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. This medication is given at the first visit.
The second medication, Misoprostol, is taken at home 24 hours later. It is placed in the mouth to dissolve for 30 minutes, and then swallowed. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Approximately 75 percent of women expel the pregnancy within 24 hours of taking this medication.
How successful is it?
Approximately 99 percent. If treatment fails, a surgical procedure could be needed.
What are the side effects?
You can expect to have some or all of the following symptoms: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, and strong cramping. Usually these symptoms go away after one to two days, but some women experience bleeding for one to two weeks. It is important to be honest about what you can handle. We talk with each woman individually to provide realistic and accurate information, so each patient can decide for herself.
How do I decide which method is best for me?
Many women describe the medical abortion as being “private” and “more like a miscarriage,” but the method is not for all women.
Every woman is different in her expectations, needs, and tolerance levels. The best thing to do is review all the information thoroughly and be honest with yourself. If you can't handle cramps or heavy bleeding, this is not for you. In our experience, women who make informed decisions and choose the medical abortion/RU486 are very happy with their choice. They report feeling like it was less invasive and more natural than a surgical abortion.
Which medication will I receive?
You will receive the following medications at the first visit: Mifepristone (RU486), Misoprostol, and prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. You will also have lab work and an ultrasound. Rh-negative women will be given Rhogam at an additional cost.
How do I know it is complete?
It is necessary to return for a follow-up visit to confirm this. This appointment is usually scheduled for two weeks, but you will be given specific instructions at your visit. Your follow-up visit is covered by the initial cost you paid.
Surgical Abortions (D&C Abortions)
How is it done?
The method used is vacuum aspiration. A small tube is inserted into the uterus, and aspiration or suction is used to empty the contents of the uterus.
Does it hurt?
We make every effort to ensure that you will be as comfortable as possible during the abortion. In addition to local anesthetic, we offer sedation to help you relax and to decrease the cramping.
How long will I be at the office?
The entire visit takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Before the procedure, you will have some forms to complete, as well as lab tests and an ultrasound examination if deemed necessary. You are also given an opportunity to talk with the physician, a nurse, or a staff member to address any questions or concerns. After the procedure, you will rest in our office for a short time until you are ready to leave.
Is it safe?
Abortion is a very safe procedure that has been perfected over the past 30 years. In fact, it is considered one of the safest surgical procedures when performed by a skilled physician. Our physicians have more than 30 years of experience and our goal is to provide the best medical care in order to protect your future fertility. Complications are very rare; our complication rate is lower than that of colonoscopies. An abortion should not impact your ability to have children in the future.
Do I have to bring someone?
It is required that you have someone with you to drive you home after a surgical procedure.
How do I prepare for the visit?
Do not eat or drink for six hours prior to your appointment, shower or bathe as usual, and dress comfortably.
When can I return to normal activities?
Most women feel fine the day after the abortion and are able to return to normal activities. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you can return to work or school. You should monitor your own symptoms and be sure to take all medications as you were instructed. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions—please read these carefully and call if you have any questions or concerns.
What do the fees cover?
Our fees include everything: counseling, lab work, ultrasound, procedure, and a post-op visit. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, check cards, or cash. No checks will be accepted. If you are Rh-negative, a Rhogam injection is necessary. An additional fee of $60 will be charged for the Rhogam if necessary.
Does insurance cover an abortion?
Yes, many insurance providers do cover an abortion. Our office will be glad to confirm for you. As a private doctor's office, we accept most insurance plans. We will verify insurance prior to the visit, and in some cases, a deposit may be required. Some HMOs require a referral from the primary physician. Be sure to call our office in advance in order to prevent unnecessary delays.
To schedule an abortion at Mile High OB/GYN, please call (303) 388-4631 and select option 1.