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What to Expect at my Appointment for an Abortion
Mile High OB Gyn - In Denver and Englewood, CO

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Mile High OB-GYN is a full-service gynecology office, staffed by board-certified gynecologists, some of whom have been working in the field for nearly 40 years. The staff includes both male and female physicians, all of whom are committed to the comfort and respect of every patient. They’re here to help you with anything, from delivery to menopause to surgical or medical abortions. There are no legal restrictions limiting abortion services in Colorado, so Mile High doesn’t only treat locals; they often provide care for patients traveling from states with restrictions.

Mile High offers in-office abortions for patients up to 16-weeks gestation. After that, the procedure would be relocated to a hospital setting. Your physician from Mile High can accompany you and care for you there, at your request. If you’re looking to schedule an appointment for an abortion, or to hear more information on the process, the team at Mile High treats these requests as emergency appointments. Your appointment will be schedule within 48 hours.

Patients at less than 10-weeks gestation will be able to choose between a medical abortion (the “Abortion Pill”) or a surgical abortion. The medical abortion involves little more than a pill taken at home. A post-op visit will be scheduled for two weeks after, consisting of an ultrasound and a brief exam. For patients over 10-weeks gestation, or for those who would prefer surgical abortion, that procedure involves an hour-long appointment, scheduled at your earliest convenience.

Common Questions on Appointments

How do I prepare for a surgical abortion?

On the day of your procedure, you’re asked to prepare by not having anything to eat or drink before coming in. You’ll also need a ride home, so it’s important to set that up beforehand as well. All told, you should be in and out within an hour.

If you’d like to bring a significant other along, or a support person, Mile High allows them to be in the room with you during the procedure, should you so choose.

The office is a private medical office, so you’ll experience no protesters on the way in.

What happens on the day of my surgical abortion?

You’ll come in within 48 hours of your initial call. You’ll check in, fill out the paperwork, and then the nurse will bring you back to your physician. Your doctor will then go over the procedure with you in detail. After that, your physician will write two prescriptions: one for pain and one antibiotics. You’ll then be brought back to the procedure room and given IV medications for sedation. It’s a conscious sedation, so you’ll be awake for the procedure. Mile High allows for significant others to be in the room for support, should so choose. After sedation, the procedure itself lasts about five minutes. The doctor uses a method called vacuum aspiration, meaning a small tube is inserted into the uterus, and aspiration (suction) is used to empty the contents of the uterus.

Following the procedure, you’ll have ten minutes to recover in the office. You can then return home. You’ll be able to eat and drink as you normally would, and by the end of the day you should be fully recovered from the procedure.

What does it mean to be RH-negative, and what if I am?

RH-negative refers to a specific blood type/condition that can be harmful to a fetus during pregnancy.

To be RH-positive means a protein (D antigen) is found on the surface of your red blood cells. RH-negative refers to the absence of that protein. While most people are RH-positive (with only 15% of people being RH-negative), it is important to understand your Rhesus (RH) factor. If a mother is RH-negative, but the fetus is positive, the mother’s antibodies will attack the fetus.

Many women discover they are Rh-negative during a pregnancy that needs to be terminated. Before your procedure, the Mile High team provides a blood test at no extra cost, the results of which will reveal your Rhesus factor.

If you are Rh-negative, the team at Mile High will provide an injection of Rhogam for an extra $60 to help protect your future pregnancies. This injection coats the fetus’s cells so the mother’s body can’t recognize them, and won’t hurt them.

Are there any legal issues I should be aware of?

While there are no legal restrictions on abortion services in Colorado, if patients are under 18, they may need parental consent. If you have questions, or need legal advice, Mile High will refer you to Planned Parenthood. There, you’ll have access to pro-bono lawyers who can respond to any legals questions or concerns.

What counseling options are available for before and after the treatment?

Mile High offers in-house counseling from your physician. Before treatment, they’re available to talk you through the available options, and help you decide what’s best for you. Their goal is always to educate and empower you to make your own choice, never to push any particular course of treatment. They’re a full-service OB-GYN and can help you with any decision you make.