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Absolutely. We do not give out any information about you to anyone, or acknowledge that you have been to our clinic without your permission. We will only contact you in the manner in which you instruct us to. All claims to Alberta Health Care are suppressed. They will never appear on a statement or be released to anyone.

Aspiration abortion: Most procedures normally take 5-15 minutes, but you will be in the clinic 2 to 3 hours.

Medical abortion is a longer process. If you choose to have a medical abortion you will be in the clinic about 2 hours. You will take the first medication in the clinic and 24-48 hours later take the second medication at home. The abortion usually starts 1-4 hours after you take the second medication.  You will also need to return to the clinic for a follow-up appointment or go to a lab for a blood test to determine if your pregnancy has ended.

Try not to come before your appointment time, as you will only have to wait longer to be seen. If you have someone coming to pick you up, make sure they arrive by 4:00 p.m. as the clinic will be closing shortly after that time. Please note that only patients who have aspiration abortions need to arrange for an escort home due to the sedation given. Medical abortion patients are able to leave the clinic unescorted.


Aspiration abortion: Before the procedure begins, you will have an intravenous inserted and will be given medication to help with anxiety, to help you relax and to help with pain. You will be sedated but you will not be totally asleep.  A local anaesthetic is also administered to the cervix.  Some women will still have menstrual-type cramps during the procedure and these cramps can continue for an hour or more. While you might experience some discomfort during or after the procedure, most women find that it is controllable and does not last very long. (Some women elect to have the procedure without sedation and do so without any problems.)

Medical abortion:  Most women do not experience any cramping or bleeding after taking mifepristone at the clinic. After you take the second medication (misoprostol) at home 24-48 hours later, you will experience cramping and bleeding. Cramps can be mild to severe for a few hours during this process. Pain medication can help.

Aspiration Abortion: When abortion was illegal it was a very unsafe procedure. This is because people often did the procedure under unsanitary conditions or with no medical training. However, since legalization, abortion has become one of the safest surgical procedures available. In the first three months (first trimester), 97% of women report no complications, 2.5% report minor problems that can be handled in a doctor’s office and less than 0.5% require hospitalization for complications. To put this in perspective, abortion is at least 10 times safer than pregnancy and childbirth.  Complication rates are a little higher in the second trimester, but the procedure remains very safe.

Medical Abortion: The medications have been safely used around the world since 1988. Medical abortion is at least 10 times safer than continuing a pregnancy.

Details on the risks are outlined on the Surgical Abortion and Medical Abortion pages.


No. Consent in Alberta is based on capacity, not age. If the physician and clinic staff feel you understand the procedure and its risks, you may sign your own consent form. We encourage young women to talk to a parent or guardian before having an abortion and most do. However, if you are reluctant to talk to your parents, there are sympathetic people you can speak to. Whether you plan to continue or terminate your pregnancy, see a doctor as soon as possible. Early medical attention will result in better and safer outcomes regardless of what you choose to do. Call Kensington Clinic at (403) 283-9117  for information on resources in your area.

If you are having an aspiration abortion, we advise you to bring one responsible adult with you for support and to assist you home. You cannot operate a vehicle for 24 hours as you are considered legally impaired.  Your support person can wait in the clinic for you or return later to pick you up. If someone is coming to pick you up, they must be at the clinic no later than 4 p.m.

To respect everyone’s privacy, support people are not allowed into the procedure or recovery room.

If you are having a medical abortion, you are welcome to bring one person with you to the clinic. However, you are not required to bring an escort as you can drive yourself home.


Aspiration abortion: Many women return to work or school the next day. We recommend that you do not do anything strenuous for 24 hours. The medications that you are given during the procedure can impair your judgment for up to 24 hours after your procedure. You cannot drive or engage in any activity that requires mental alertness for 24 hours after the procedure.  Therefore, depending on the type of work you do, you may have to arrange for time off.

Medical abortion: You can return to work after taking the first medication, mifepristone. When you take the second medication at home, it will initiate bleeding and cramping within 1-4 hours. Depending on what time of day you take it and how you manage it, you may want to take the following day off work.

There is no cost if you have Alberta, Saskatchewan, NWT or Nunavut health care insurance. All fees are covered by these provinces and territories.

Unfortunately, if you are from any other province, you will have to pay a portion of the fee. If you are subject to a fee with us, you may avoid this cost by going to a hospital for your procedure . Contact the clinic at 403-283-9117 with your insurance information for an estimate of the fees that will apply to you.