Options For Women – New Jersey


Options For Women | Excellent Abortion Care in Howell Township & Plainfield New Jersey


Frequently Asked Questions

You've decided to have an abortion... now what?

Preparing for your surgical abortion appointment and unsure about what to expect? Let us guide you through the process, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the next steps.

First Things First...


Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and flat shoes / sneakers along with a pair of socks.

Sanitary Napkin:

Bring a sanitary napkin/pad with you.

Local Anesthesia:

You will receive local anesthesia, so you can come to our office by yourself.


For your comfort and convenience, please refrain from bringing children to the office.

Payment and Identification:

Remember to bring payment in full, or identification and your insurance card (including co-pay, if applicable) for the procedure.

Appointment Duration:

Plan on being in the office for at least two to three hours, depending on the number of patients.

How long will my appointment take?

An average office visit lasts two to three hours, though it may vary. This includes completing paperwork, reviewing medical history, intake, lab work, ultrasound, counseling, examination, the procedure itself (approximately five minutes), and the recovery period.

How soon can I get an appointment?

We strive to accommodate your schedule. You can typically secure an appointment within one week of your call, often sooner.

How much does it cost?

Abortion fees vary based on the number of weeks pregnant, office location, and procedure type. The Abortion Pill fee is $500, while surgical procedures in the first trimester range between $380 and $480. Specific fees can be obtained by contacting the office most convenient for you. All our fees include the comprehensive cost of abortion services.

Will insurance cover the procedure?

Most insurance companies will cover some or all of the surgical procedure when performed in the first trimester. It's advisable to contact your insurance company to determine your coverage. If you plan to use insurance or medical assistance, please have your information ready, and call the office you intend to visit for coverage verification.

Can I change my mind once I get to the office?

Absolutely. The decision to have an abortion is entirely your choice. You can change your mind at any point during your appointment, up until the procedure begins. In such cases, you will be refunded for any services not yet rendered. Our staff is here to support you throughout the process.

What are the possible complications?

Surgical abortion in the first trimester is a very safe procedure, approximately 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to childbirth. Complications are rare, occurring in less than 1 woman in 100. To minimize risks, please share your complete Medical History form [PDF] with us, particularly allergies, health issues, and current medications. Adhering to all office instructions will further reduce the risk of complications.

Can I have children later?

Yes, having an abortion that goes smoothly and without complications has no adverse effect on future fertility. This holds true regardless of the number of abortions you may have.

Will it hurt?

Pain tolerance varies among individuals. Surgical abortions can result in cramping. During the procedure, moderate to heavy cramping may occur due to cervical dilation and uterine contractions, lasting approximately 3-5 minutes for first-trimester procedures. Local anesthesia is administered to minimize discomfort. Afterward, cramping and pain typically decrease, with mild to moderate cramping lasting one to two weeks as the uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size.

What will happen after the procedure?

Following the surgical procedure, you will rest in our recovery area, receive follow-up instructions, and medications. A check-up is necessary three weeks later to ensure the success of the procedure and your well-being. Contraception options will also be discussed if desired.

How heavily will I bleed?

Post-surgical bleeding varies. Some women experience no bleeding, while others may have medium to heavy bleeding. This typically lessens after a week or two, with spotting possibly continuing until your normal menstrual cycle resumes, usually within four to six weeks.

What are my follow-up instructions?

To prevent complications, avoid inserting foreign objects into your vagina until your follow-up exam three weeks later. You are advised not to have sexual intercourse, use tampons, or engage in tub baths, douching, or swimming during this time. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (25 lbs. or over) should also be avoided until your follow-up exam.

If you need a note for school or work, inform our staff at your appointment, and we will provide a note stating you've undergone medical treatment, without specifying the procedure.

Complete instructions, precautions, and symptoms to watch for will be detailed in the literature given to you at your appointment to take home.

How will I feel emotionally afterwards?

Emotional reactions to abortion can vary, ranging from relief to regret or grief. Hormonal changes after pregnancy may also cause emotional shifts, regardless of whether the pregnancy ends through abortion, miscarriage, or childbirth. Most women ultimately report positive feelings and satisfaction with their decision to have an abortion. Confidence in your choice and support from loved ones tend to result in fewer negative feelings afterward.

Counseling sessions during your appointment provide an opportunity to discuss your feelings, and your support person can participate in this session as well. Seeking help from a caring professional is advisable if negative feelings interfere with daily life.

Will anyone know that I did this?

While it's a good practice to inform your physicians of prior surgeries and treatments, no doctor can determine that you've had an abortion. If you use insurance for payment, check with your insurer regarding their privacy policies, especially if you're not the primary member of the policy.

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Do I need anyone else's consent to have an abortion?

State laws on parental involvement for minors under 18 seeking abortion services may vary. In New Jersey, parental involvement is not required. In Pennsylvania, if you are under 18, one parent's consent is needed, or you can apply for a judicial bypass if you feel unable to inform your parent. No spousal or partner consent is required in any circumstance. Our team is here to provide guidance and assistance, so please don't hesitate to contact the office for support or clarification.
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  • “My daughter was a patient last week and I can not thank you enough for the kindness and excellent care she received. The doctor was so caring and even spent extra time with her. This was difficult decision but we made the right choice to come to Options!”

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  • Dr. Murray was very professional and provided excellent care for my mother. He was very calm and approachable. Very good bedside manners. His assistant (nurse) was helpful with explaining everything during the visit and making my mom feel comfortable and in good hands. I strongly recommend this doctor for anyone who is looking for a private, quick, and professional medical advice/services.

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  • Staff and doctor were awesome. Procedure was very well done.

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Board Certified Ob/Gyn with over 25 years of experience performing abortions.

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Your treatment will be considerate, respectful, and completely confidential.

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Safe, Comfortable, and Private doctor’s offices in Plainfield and Howell, New Jersey.

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