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What is medication abortion?

Medication abortion — also called the abortion pill — is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy. “Abortion pill” is the popular name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Your doctor or nurse will give you the first pill, mifepristone, at the clinic. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone. You’ll also get some antibiotics.

You use the second medicine, misoprostol, 6 - 48 hours later, usually at home. This medicine causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus. It’s kind of like having a really heavy, crampy period, and the process is very similar to an early miscarriage.

Please note: Each of our health centers (Suitland, MD, Gaithersburg, MD, and Washington, DC) offer medication abortion services. 

 

Before your medication abortion procedure

The abortion pill (medication abortion) is offered up to 10 weeks and 0 days after the start of your last menstrual period. Abortion pill services are available by appointment only.

Plan to be at the health center for 2 to 3 hours for your entire abortion procedure.

Please do not bring children with you to the health center.

If you take any medications, please continue to take these medications normally before your appointment. Talk to your PPMW clinician about these medications.

Prior to coming into the health center, we recommend a light breakfast (toast, cereal, etc.).

You will need to follow up within 1-2 weeks to make sure your abortion is complete and that you are well.

 

When you come to the health center

During your visit, you may be given the following:

  • a pregnancy test
  • a chance to speak with a trained staff person about all of your choices: abortion, adoption, and parenting
  • a conversation with the health care provider about your health history
  • lab tests/blood work
  • a pelvic exam
  • an ultrasound
  • medications to make the abortion more comfortable
  • medication if you are Rh negative
  • antibiotics or other medications
  • birth control information
  • a birth control method

 

Payment

We're here to help. You can confidentially find out if you qualify for financial assistance by calling us at 202.347.8500.

Price ranges for our medical abortion services are:

  • abortion pill (medication abortion) - $475
  • medication if you are Rh negative - $120-140
  • post-abortion follow-up exam - Included in price

Some services may have additional charges for lab and blood work.

Payment is due at the time of service. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We do not accept checks.   

Please bring your health insurance card with you, even if you are not planning on using it for the procedure.  It can be used for birth control, STI screenings and other lab tests. You have to bring proof of insurance if you are using it for your visit. We recommend contacting your insurance company directly to confirm your eligibility and benefits. Co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurances are due at the time of your appointment.  Please bring a referral if your insurance requires one to pay for your visit.   

We're here to help. To learn more about financial assistance, please call us at 202-347-8512.

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Carol Whitehill Moses Health Center

Washington, D.C.

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Suitland Health Center

Prince George's County, MD

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Gaithersburg Health Center

Montgomery County, MD

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