Deciding whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is not easy. There are lots of reasons that women decide to have abortions, but this can be a difficult decision-- one of the crucial choices in a woman’s reproductive years. The decision to have an abortion will impact a woman for the rest of her life. Our trained, professional staff is dedicated to helping women at this crossroads to make the right decision for themselves.
We are here to listen. We are here to answer the tough, tear-filled questions about this decision. We are here to guide patients through this highly emotional process before, during and after the procedure. We are here to make a difficult process easier. We are a private medical facility that will help you, and we are here to care.
After deciding to receive an abortion, it’s important to make an informed decision about the method of the abortion. The two methods for an early pregnancy termination are surgical and medical abortions.
The surgical or suction procedure is performed under light anesthesia (putting patients to sleep) or local anesthesia (numbing the body part). The uterine cervix is carefully dilated to insert a sterile suction tube, used to empty the uterus. This procedure takes about five minutes, and is 100% effective.
As an alternative to the surgical abortion, patients can also request the abortion pill. The first medication is administered to the patient in the office, and stops the growth of the pregnancy. The second medication is taken at home during the next day to empty the uterus. The medical abortion does not cause infertility. If you are uncertain which method is best for you, speak to a doctor. In New York, the time limit on medical abortions is twelve weeks after the last menstrual period.
All of the Stony Brook Women’s Health offices remain open to serve our new and established patients.
The health and well-being of our patients continues to be our top priority, and we are confident in our ability to continue treating our patients with the very best care.
Our staff is taking all necessary precautions, and are dedicated to providing you with a safe environment. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and comply with recommendations and instructions from our local and state health departments.
Please be aware that at this time Stony Brook Women’s Health will not be taking appointments for Surgical Terminations; this service will be available again once deemed safe by our team.