A Capital Women’s Health Clinic is a private abortion practice dedicated to the health care of women. Our organization has specialized in providing caring, safe, and confidential abortion services since 1982.

Abortions up to 14 weeks gestation are performed using the vacuum aspiration procedure. This five minute outpatient procedure involves the insertion of a small suction tube into the cervix to remove the contents of the uterus. Several medications are given to help insure the comfort of the patient. Your visit includes lab tests, counseling on contraception, ultrasound, the abortion procedure and recovery. This procedure can be completed without an overnight stay. Patients that have a negative blood type must be given a shot called Rhogam. If you have negative blood, please notify the staff when you make your appointment. We will type a patient’s blood at no charge for those patients who are unaware of their blood type.

The State of Virginia requires each patient come to the clinic at least twice for her abortion procedure. Therefore, single day appointments are impossible.

Patients may choose between two medication options:

– The first option is known as local medication and during the procedure only the cervix is numbed. The patient is given an anti-inflammatory medication and a mild relaxer before the procedure. The patient will be awake and aware during this procedure. Some benefits to this option are that the patient can eat and drink before the procedure, the patient can drive to and from their appointment, the patient should have very little nausea or vomiting, and the patient will leave the clinic completely aware.

-Secondly, we have IV Medication. With this option, the patient receives a cocktail of strong medications given intravenously. This will greatly lessen the patient’s awareness and any discomfort during the abortion procedure.  With this option, the patient may not have anything to eat or drink at least 6 hours before her appointment time, and she must have a driver. NOTICE: Beginning January 14, 2019, IV sedation will no longer be available. Patients will be instead offered Pain Management, a safe and effective combination of valium, hydrocodone, and torodol. Please speak to a phone counselor if you have any questions about the medication options.

See the price listing for current prices on each of these options.

When you arrive to the clinic for your abortion work up, we will request your driver’s license or government issued identification. The fee for your service will be collected as soon as you arrive for your appointment and you will be given your paperwork. After check in, you will have an ultrasound to determine the exact length of your pregnancy. This may be done vaginally or abdominally. After your length of pregnancy has been determined, you will go to lab where we will check your iron level, your RH factor, temperature and blood pressure. You will then be shown a video that will explain the abortion procedure. A counselor will then go over any the procedure, risks, aftercare, and answer any questions you have.  She will also discuss your birth control options.  You will then be scheduled an appointment to come back for the abortion.  This initial abortion work up takes about 1 hour.

When you return to the clinic for the second visit the staff may need to repeat some diagnostic tests upon your arrival.  Once everything is completed you will be medicated, see the doctor, and will finish your visit in the recovery room.

Every patient will be given her antibiotic in the office on the day of her abortion, and will receive a prescription for pain medication.

RU486 medical abortions by pill are available. If you are considering this option, here are a few things you should know about the pill:

-you must be under 10 weeks pregnant as established by ultrasound/sonar.

-the pill is highly effective, but 2-7% of women will have to have the surgery after taking the pill to end their pregnancy. If you are unwilling to have the surgical abortion, you should not choose the pill option.

-the pill is a multi-day process. The first visit consists of the abortion work up.  The second visit to the clinic you will be seen by the doctor and receive your abortion medication. Over the next two days you will be at home taking medication to cause your uterus to contract.

-we expect the abortion to occur in the two days after leaving the clinic, but sometimes the abortion can be delayed and can occur unexpectedly in the two weeks after your first clinic visit.

-you must return to the clinic two weeks after your first visit to make sure you are not still pregnant. This is established by an ultrasound here in the clinic. There is no charge for this visit.

-you must be able to handle the possibility of heavy bleeding, clotting and cramping during the two week time period after your first visit to the clinic.

Call one of our phone counselors if you are considering this option, and we will be happy to answer any further questions and help you determine if this option is best for you.