FAQ

I think I might be pregnant. What should I do?

The best way to know if you are pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test. There are many brands available in your local drugstore. If the test comes back negative but you think you are pregnant, take another test or visit your gynecologist (GYN) for a blood test.  

If the test comes back positive and you decide you want to terminate, gather some information before you call us. 

Information to have ready: your last menstrual period, any medications you are currently taking, and any known drug allergies or known medical conditions. Make sure your government-issued picture ID is valid and unexpired. 

If you are unsure about the procedure and your pregnancy options, talk to a trusted person or contact a help line on our Counseling page. 

How do I estimate my gestational age?

We will conduct an ultrasound to determine the gestational age. We can estimate using the LMP, or “Last Menstrual Period.” Be ready to provide the start date of your most recent, normal menstrual period. Period tracker apps like Clue and Flo are helpful to track your cycle every month.

Is abortion safe?

The abortion pill has a very low complication rate, and surgical abortion is safer than a shot of penicillin. Abortion is safer than full term child birth. For more information on specific abortion procedures, please visit our pages on the Abortion Pill and Surgical Abortion.

What types of abortion does SWC provide?

We provide the abortion pill or medication abortion until 10 weeks 0 days and the surgical procedure until 15 weeks 2 days. For more information, visit our Abortion Pill and Surgical Abortion pages.

How painful is the procedure?

The amount of pain varies with each person and their pain tolerance. We do everything we can to provide pain management, including pain medication options for patients using the abortion pill, and options for sedation and pain medication with the surgical procedure included in your fee.

Will I be able to get pregnant later if I have an abortion now?

Yes! There is no medical evidence to suggest that having an abortion will affect your ability to get pregnant at a later date, including having multiple abortions. 2+ Abortions has testimonials and information on having multiple abortions. 

When can I start using birth control and having sex after an abortion?

The ability to use birth control and have sex after an abortion depends on the type of birth control you choose. Our onsite counselors will walk you through your options on the day of your procedure.

Will there be protesters outside the clinic?

There is the potential for protesters outside the clinic. Our clinic offers a secure parking lot with a uniformed guard on duty. Clinic escorts are often available in bright yellow or green vests on appointment days to escort you into the clinic. Please call the clinic when you arrive if you are not comfortable approaching the building.

I’m a minor. Can I get an abortion? Will my parents find out?

Yes, you will be able to get an abortion. There are two options: parental consent or judicial bypass (without parental consent). Our phone counselors can explain the process during the appointment intake. For more information, visit our Minors Information page.

Do you accept insurance for the abortion procedure? What is the cost for the procedure?

Medicaid does not cover abortion in the state of Michigan. Our phone counselors can discuss our different pricing options and help you apply for our National Abortion Federation financial assistance program.

What are Michigan’s laws about abortion?

The state of Michigan has a mandatory Informed Consent for Abortion Law. All patients must have a valid 24 hour consent form on appointment day. Anyone can get an abortion in Michigan as long as they have unexpired, valid photo ID and the proper 24 hour consent form paperwork. Before the procedure, all patients will meet privately with a counselor to confirm the patient is consenting to the procedure and that the patient understands the facts of the procedure. Visit our 24 hour consent form page under Patient Information for the required form.

Can I buy the Morning After Pill from SWC?

Yes, we provide the morning after pill. Please call our phone counselors at (313) 538-2020 to arrange curbside pickup. The morning after pill is most effective when taken immediately after unprotected sex. The pill can be taken up to 3 days or 72 hours after unprotected sex, but the effectiveness lessens over time. We sell My Choice (levonorgestrel) pills. For more information, see our Morning After Pill page.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Talk to our phone counselors at (313) 538-2020 during the appointment intake. If you want more support, talk to someone you trust. Decision support hotlines can also be a good resource for judgment-free support regarding your experiences. Visit our Counseling page for several hotlines.

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