- What should I bring with me?
All of our services are free so you don’t need to have any money or insurance information with you for your visit.
Do bring a photo ID so we can protect your privacy. Client information is held in strict and absolute confidence, except in rare circumstances when prohibited by law. Having a copy of your photo ID on file will give us vital information to compare with any future request we might receive for your records. Don’t have an ID? We can take your picture when you come in for your appointment.
- Can others come with me to my appointment?
Yes, or you may also choose to come alone. Some people find comfort in having someone else along, others prefer that no one come with them.
We encourage, whenever you are comfortable, that you bring the father of the baby to the visit. We have male staff and volunteers who are often available to meet separately with him and help him process what is happening. If you tell us in advance he will be coming with you, that helps us work to make sure we have a guy here and available to meet with him.
You can also bring another important support person(s) with you like a friend or family member. Our staff will always speak with you alone first to give you a chance to share what is going on and any preferences you have about others participating in any part of the services you receive at Assurance. Staff can let the person(s) know when and if they can participate in any portion of your visit based on your preferences and other factors. No one will ever be invited to participate in your care without your permission and none of your protected information will be disclosed to anyone without your consent.
Because of space limitations and concern for our ability to serve all our clients well, please refrain from bringing more than a few people with you. It is always helpful if you can let our staff know who might be coming with you when you schedule your appointment.
- Why would I want to get an ultrasound if I am planning to abort?
The nurse you meet with will ask some questions to see if you qualify medically for an ultrasound. If you do, the ultrasound can help you answer some important questions before you decide.
- Am I at risk for natural miscarriage? The nurse will check for cardiac activity to indicate viability. If it appears you are at risk for a natural miscarriage, she can talk to you about things to watch for and what to do if you see signs that you might be miscarrying. If that is the case, you may not need to spend the money on an abortion or put your body through the procedure.
- Is the pregnancy in the uterus? Though rare, when pregnancies occur outside the uterus it is a dangerous condition for your health. If she has any preliminary indication this is a possibility, the nurse will indicate how you can seek immediate medical attention.
- How far along am I? The nurse may take measurements during the ultrasound to give you an estimate of how far along you are in your pregnancy. This can determine what abortion procedures are available to you.
Our nurse can often provide you with the preliminary information to help you begin to answer these important questions at the time of your visit. Our physicians will then also review the information and we can contact you if he/she has any further information.
- Why should I get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI) before an abortion?
- Undiagnosed STIs can spread during an abortion and can increase risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. For this reason, all woman considering abortion should be tested for STIs, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
- I’m under 18, can you serve me without my parents knowing?
Yes, we can serve you with or without your parents’ knowledge. We will never tell your parents as that would be releasing your protected medical information. Our staff and volunteers can talk with you about your situation and can help you think through when/if you want to tell your parents. If you feel comfortable, we encourage you to consider telling your parents about what is happening, but that decision is completely up to you.
- Where are you located? Is it going to be really obvious to someone who sees me there what is going on?
We are located right across from Commonwealth Stadium on Nicholasville Rd. in Lexington. We are convenient to UK’s campus and the bus line. Our clinic is in Doctors Park which provides a safe and professional setting for our clients. We are one of several medical offices in and around our building. People park in our parking lots for any number of medical services including seeing dentists and eye doctors, so you don’t need to worry about someone seeing your car at our location.
- What if I don’t want all of the services you offer?
You are always free to accept or decline any service we offer and can leave at any time.
- How long should I expect my visit to last?
That will depend a lot on what services you receive. Generally speaking, pregnancy-related appointments usually range from 1-2 hours and those who have a positive pregnancy test result average closer to 1 ½- 2 hours. Of course, at any time you can leave if you need or want to. If you are particularly pressed for time, please let our staff know as you arrive so that we can try to be as sensitive as possible to your schedule.
- My girlfriend/wife is pregnant. Can I come and talk with one of your male staff/volunteer even if she doesn’t want to visit?
Sure! We would be happy to serve you and can provide a safe place to discuss what you think about the situation, the options being considered, and what you would like to see happen.
- What if I scheduled an appointment but now I can’t make it at that time or I already missed my appointment?
Just call us at (859) 278-8469 and we will reschedule your appointment for a time that works for you.
- Do I have to live in Lexington to be served by Assurance?
No, we are glad to serve anyone from our region who wants to come to Assurance for services. We regularly serve people from Nicholasville, Versailles, Wilmore and other Central Kentucky communities. Sometimes, people drive in from Eastern Kentucky and other areas for services. We have no geographic limits to our services; however, there are other organizations in Kentucky that offer similar services and might be closer to you. Call us at (859) 278-8469 and we can help you assess the best place for you.
- Is Assurance an actual medical clinic?
Yes, we are a state-licensed special health clinic. We have medical professionals on staff including registered nurses who are trained in limited obstetric ultrasounds and OB/GYN physicians who oversee our medical services.