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FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Contact-phone numbers?
    Where are you located? Address?
    What are your hours?
    Directions?
    Map?
    Parking?
  2. What do I need do or know if I am considering an abortion?
  3. How soon can I come in?
  4. Can you be too early?
  5. Up to how many weeks can I get an abortion?
  6. Do you provide counseling services?
  7. Do I need to talk with a counselor or can I decline the counselor?
  8. What tests or exams are necessary?
  9. What paperwork do I have to fill out?
  10. What do I need to do to use my insurance or Medi-Cal?
  11. What are your credentials? Are you licensed?
  12. What languages are spoken at the clinic?
  13. How often do they schedule abortions and how quickly can I schedule?
  14. What about confidentiality? How does the clinic protect my privacy?
  15. Do you offer anesthesia?
  16. Can I do everything in one day?
  17. Is abortion dangerous?
  18. Can I have children after an abortion?

1. Contact-phone numbers?

General Clinic Number (408) 287-4090

Counseling Department and Abortion Services Numbers
(408) 287-4335 or 287-4337

FAX Insurance or Medical records: (408) 287-4328

What are your hours?

The Counseling Department Hours are:
Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for pregnancy testing only.
You can drop-in or call to make an appointment. Evening and Saturday appointments can be arranged. General clinic appointment hours vary.

Where are you located? Address?
** NOTICE of important change of address: Suite 102 is now the main clinic suite and is located on the first floor.

Women's Community Medical Clinic
696 East Santa Clara Street, Suite 102,
San Jose, California 95112
Located at 15th Street across from the San Jose Medical Center.

Parking?

There is limited 2 hour and metered parking on the street, and also pay parking in the parking lot behind the building. Pay parking will cost about $6 to $7 for the maximum time. On Saturdays you can park for FREE in the back parking lot.

Directions?

Directions from Hwy 101:

From Hwy 101: Take the Alum Rock Exit which turns into Santa Clara Street. You must drive toward Downtown San Jose, go West away from the East foothills. You will come down Santa Clara Street, the building is on the left hand side of the street, on the corner of 15th and Santa Clara Street, there is a traffic light at the intersection and it is across from the San Jose Medical Center.

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Directions From Hwy 280:

From Hwy 280 South Bound Take the 10th and 11th Street Exit. Do not take 10th Street since it is a ONE WAY street and going in the wrong direction that you want to go.Take a left onto 11th Street. You must take 11th Street, and it is also a ONE WAY street and is going the direction you need to go. You will be heading North. Come down 11th Street to Santa Clara Street aproximately one mile and turn right onto Santa Clara Street. The clinic will be on the right side of the street, at 15th street on Santa Clara Street.
From HWY 280 North Bound: Take the 11th Street Exit and take a right onto 11th street, a One Way street, and go down to East Santa Street and make a right. Come down to 15th street,the building is on the right hand side of the street

To get back to Hwy 280:

When you leave the clinic, take Santa Clara Street and make a left onto 10th Street, a One Way street, and this will take you back to the 280 North or South Bound freeway On Ramps.

Address and Map?

Women's Community Medical Clinic
696 East Santa Clara Street, Suite 102, San Jose, California 95112

Located at 15th Street across from the San Jose Medical Center.

Contact-phone numbers?

General Clinic Number (408) 287-4090
Counseling Department (408) 287-4335 or 287-4337

There is limited 2 hour parking on the street, metered parking and pay parking in the parking lot behind the building. Pay parking will cost about $6 for the maximum time. On Saturdays you can park for free in the back parking lot.

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** NOTICE of important change of address: Please note that Suite 102, located on the first floor, is now the main clinic suite and Suite 202 is no longer in use. Thank you.

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2. What do I need to do or to know if I am considering an Abortion?

3. How soon can I come in for an abortion?

For a surgical abortion, the statistics show that the ideal time period for the procedure is when the pregnancy is between 6 and 10 weeks from the first day of your last normal menstrual period. You can expect the best outcome with the least risk of complications. The longer you delay past the ideal time increases the risks. But keep this fact in mind : an abortion, at any time, is still safer than a full term pregnancy and delivery, statistically speaking. We require all patients to have an ultrasound exam or sonogram which will confirm the number of weeks of the pregnancy. The ultrasound exam gives us important information about the pregnancy, improves safety and lowers the risks for the patient. The counselor will review the sonogram results with the nurse and advise you when you can schedule.

4. Can you be too early?

Yes, you can be too early for a surgical abortion, and therefore ideally,we reccomend at least 6 weeks from the last normal menstrual period. The counselor will evaluate the results of the sonogram and advise you. When you try to proceed and you are earlier than 6 weeks you may need additional lab work which means additional expenses. There is a higher risk that you could have some complications. This is not necesasrily true in the case of Medical Abortion or non-surgical abortion. We currently do not offer medical abortion at our clinic but there are clinics in the area which do offer this type of abortion.

Medical abortions can be performed as early as a pregnancy in the uterus can be confirmed. In fact, the shorter the time that a woman has been pregnant, the better the medications will work. Because they do not work as well later in the pregnancy, medical abortion is not usually an option after seven weeks ( or 49 days) from the last menstrual period or LMP.

5. Up to how many weeks can I get an abortion?

We perform abortions at our clinic up to 20 weeks. If you are over 20 weeks, we can refer you to some other medical facilities which perform abortion up to 24 weeks.

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6. Do you offer confidential counseling services?

We have offered individual, confidential counseling since 1973. The counselor will help you consider your options and discuss the decision, review your medical history, your paperwork, answer all your questions, and schedule your surgery. See Counseling and Education for more detailed information about our counseling services.

7. Do I need to talk with a counselor or can I decline the counselor?

You will need to speak with the counselor who will:

8. What tests or exams are necessary?

You will need to take a pregnancy test and have a sonogram here at the clinic to determine the exact weeks of the pregnancy or gestation. Even if you have taken these tests at other clinics you will still need to have them done here.

9. What paperwork do I have to fill out?

You will need to fill out paperwork which includes:
  • A pregnancy test form.
  • A medical history form.
  • Consent forms for the procedure.
  • Insurance information forms if necessary.

10. What do I need to do to use my insurance or Medi-Cal?

If you have insurance: you will need to fill out some forms and bring any insurance information you have including cards and physician referrals. Your insurance must then be verified and cleared. If you have Medi-Cal, you need to bring in your card or information. We must verify that the coverage is current and activated.

For more detailed information on Payment Options and Emergency Medi-Cal

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11. What are your credentials and do you have licensed physicians?

We are a fully accredited facility and accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality. Our physicians are licensed by the State of California Medical Board. For all the details about our clinic and staff go to About Us-Credentials.

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12. What languages are spoken at the clinic?

Our staff speaks English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

13. How often do they schedule abortions and how quickly can I schedule?

In general,we can schedule abortion three times a week and usually we can schedule you promptly.

14. What about confidentiality? How does the clinic protect my privacy? What is the Notice of Privacy Practices?

We are strongly committed to protecting confidentiality and your privacy. We will never give information to anyone other than a patient without the patient's knowledge and consent to do so. Read the Notice of Privacy Practices for Women's Community Medical Clinic which describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. "Protected health information" is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
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15. Do you offer anesthesia?

Yes, we offer deep sedation anesthesia administered by a certified nurse anesthesist or a local anesthesia administered by the physician. More on anesthesia

16. Can I do everything in one day?

Sometimes we can arrange everything in one day provided that we can make all the arrangements and there are no unforseen medical problems or obstacles. Patients often request this option if they are concerned about missing work or the have to travel a longer distance. It is not for everyone since you will be at the clinic at least 4 to 5 hours.
  • You must mention that you would like to arrange for a one day procedure prior to coming into the clinic.
  • We will need to screen you to make sure that you have no medical problems.
  • We need to give you important instructions so that you can be prepared to have surgery.
  • You will need to arrange for a ride to take you home. If you arrange for a Taxi, bring the Taxi fare.(a responsible adult must accompany you home).
  • You will not be able to put anything in your stomach for 8 hours before surgery.
  • You should know that you will be at the clinic at least 4 or 5 hours and possibly longer in order to complete all of the tests, exams, paperwork, counseling session and to have the procedure or surgery done.

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17. Is abortion dangerous?

Abortion is considered one of the safest medical procedures you can have when done in an accredited medical setting with licensed physicians. See About Us-Credentials.

18.The risks are low that you will have a problem. The best time to have a surgical abortion is between 6 and 10 weeks. See Procedure

19. Can I have children after an abortion?

If you have an abortion without infection or complications, there should be no effect on your fertility or ability to have children. The studies do not show that abortion causes problems with fertility.
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