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Telehealth for Abortion Pills

Safe, effective, and in the comfort of your own home. 

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What is telehealth for abortion pills?

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is proud to offer telehealth for abortion pills, otherwise known as, medication abortion via telehealth. Abortion pills were approved by the FDA 20 years ago and involves using two medications to end a pregnancy – mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone required for pregnancy to continue, and misoprostol induces uterine cramping, which results in a period-like process to remove the pregnancy.  

We are excited to offer this care via telehealth to patients across Massachusetts in an effort to increase access and remove barriers to much needed health care.  If you’re interested in telehealth for abortion pills, please give us a call at 1-800-258-4448. There is no online appointment scheduling for this service at this time. Please expect the visit to take approximately 90 minutes. 

Please visit this page for general information about telehealth at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  

How does the visit work?

Call our health center

Call our health center at 1-800-258-4448. You will be screened for inital elgibility and then scheduled for a telehealth appointment. 

Talk with a nurse

At the time of your appointment, you will receive a call from a Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts nurse, who will ensure final eligibility and provide a deeper overview of the process. Any questions you might have can be answered during this time. 

Connect with a medical assistant

You will then talk with a medical assistant who will sort out any remaining paperwork, process payment, and assist you in getting set up with our secure video-conferencing platform, TelaDoc so that you can meet with a  clinician. If you are 21 or under, please have a photo ID ready. You will show this to the medical assistant. 

Meet with a nurse practitioner

Finally, you will meet with a nurse practitioner who will walk you through the instructions for taking the medication. On the same day, following the visit, the PPLM team will package and send out your two medications through a discreet FedEx package. This should arrive within 3-5 business days.  

Before you call:

  • Take a home pregnancy test to confirm pregnancy status. 

  • Ensure date of your last menstrual period (LMP). 

  • Ensure you can be physically in Massachusetts during your appointment, take both medications in Massachusetts, and have an address in Massachusetts to which the medication can be sent. 

Note: A patient’s LMP needs to be under 8 weeks at the time of taking mifepristone, the first medication – and therefore no patients will be scheduled if their LMP was more than 7 weeks and 1 day ago to account for shipping times. 

Is it safe?

Telehealth for abortion pills is both safe and effective. It is the same care you would receive in-person, at one of our Planned Parenthood health centers, but within the comfort of your own home. Throughout the process, you will have 24/7 access to an on-call nurse.  

How much does this cost? 

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is proud to offer affordable abortion care. While the cost may vary from patient to patient, this service is eligible for insurance coverage. If you plan on using insurance, please check with your insurance provider to determine your benefits for elective abortion and telehealth care.   

If you have any concerns about covering the cost of this service, you can reach out to our Patient Navigation team who will connect you with abortion care funds. To contact Patient Navigation, call our Counseling & Referral hotline: 1-800-258-4448, option 3.  

What if I am not eligible for telehealth for abortion pills?  

Upon scheduling, our call center will screen you to ensure you qualify for telehealth for abortion pills.  Your appointment will be scheduled based on a preliminary assessment, but please note that at the start of your visit you will receive a deeper screening by a registered nurse.  It is possible that due to the current restrictions around this program, the nurse will determine you are no longer eligible. At this point, the nurse will work with you to schedule an in-clinic abortion at a PPLM location – or with a partner that is more accessible. 

Haven't received your medication?

If you haven’t received your medication after 5 days, please call us.

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For more information on abortion stigma

Visit the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts website page. 

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