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What is Your Plan C? Everything You Need to Know About Abortion Pills

With the rise of self-managed at-home abortions, you may have a lot of questions about telemedicine, TelAbortion, and access to the abortion pill without having to see a doctor. If you are looking for information about the abortion pill and your options, we can help.

IN-OFFICE VISITS: Your health and safety come first. It’s important to rule out an ectopic pregnancy, confirm viability and know how far along you are before you order.


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What is Plan C?

While Plan B, the morning-after pill used as an emergency contraceptive has been around for years, Plan C is a campaign to tell people about abortion pills and how they are used. If you are pregnant and looking for abortion information, take the time you need to make an informed, safe, and healthy decision.


Can I get an abortion without seeing a doctor? Are self-managed or at-home abortions safe?

While you can order abortion pills online, there are inherent risks involved.


That’s why no matter how convenient zoom meetings and online ordering are, we recommend an in-person medical consultation and an ultrasound before you decide. Your health and safety are our priority. You will also be better prepared and informed on what can happen and who to contact if an emergency arises.


The abortion pill (also known as a medication, medical or chemical abortion) isn’t an option if you:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy. Taking abortion pills when you are more than 10 weeks can be dangerous. Occasionally, a medical abortion is not recommended after seven weeks of pregnancy.

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD).

  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).

  • Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.

  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications.

  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor or don’t have access to emergency care.

  • Have an allergy to the medications used.

At your consultation, you can talk to a nurse about your medical history and explore all your options.


What do I need to know about the abortion pill? How much does it cost?

The abortion pill is actually two drugs and it’s taken in two separate doses. It is FDA-approved up to 70 days (10 weeks) after your last menstrual period (LMP).


Because the first drug is what begins the process of expelling the pregnancy, reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose. The abortion pill can cost anywhere between $250-$500.


Make an appointment today to learn more about the types of abortion by trimester, determine how far along you are, and talk to our staff about your abortion and your pregnancy options.

How does the abortion pill work? What else do I need to know?

It works by inducing contractions to expel the contents of your uterus, putting your body into early labor. Some side effects include heavy bleeding, cramps, contractions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fever, and infections.

In some cases, abortion pills, even if taken correctly, may not work. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and are still pregnant, come see us.

Do I need an ultrasound before taking abortion pills or an abortion procedure?

An ultrasound is the only method that can 100% confirm your pregnancy, determine viability and how far along you are. Abortion costs and types depend on gestation and several other factors.

The risks, complications, and need for medical attention increase as the pregnancy advances. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Abortions pills do not work if the pregnancy is outside of the uterus and taking them can be life-threatening.

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Your Next Steps

Confirm your pregnancy, get the facts, and explore all your pregnancy options in a safe, confidential environment. All our services are offered at no cost to you. We do not financially benefit from any decision you make and we do not perform or refer for abortion, TelAbortions, or the abortion pill.


Contact us to learn more.


References:

American Pregnancy Association. (2023b, July 3). American Pregnancy Association - Promoting Pregnancy Wellness. https://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-pill/

Medical abortion - Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687

Research, C. F. D. E. A. (2023). Information about Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. U.S. Food And Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

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