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Preparing for Your Abortion Visit In Iowa

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Preparing for Your Abortion Visit in Iowa

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Your Abortion Consultation Appointment is Required by IA State Law

  • The appointment with a doctor must be completed at least 24 hours before your abortion appointment. During this appointment, the doctor will give you specific information required by IA state law as well as complete an ultrasound 

What to Expect Next

  • After your abortion consultation appointment is complete, health center staff will schedule the procedure appointment 24 hours or more after.  

Appointment Instructions & What to Expect at the Health Center

  • Do plan to be at the health center for 2-4 hours
  • Do wear a cloth mask or face covering
  • Do eat a light meal before your appointment and bring a snack and beverage with you
  • Do take any medications you use on a regular basis (prescription or over the counter) like normal, unless our nurses tell you not to
  • Do not use any street drugs or alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment
  • Do not come to your appointment if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or were exposed to COVID-19 in the last two weeks
    • Please call us to reschedule and talk about your symptoms/exposure
  • Bring a government issued photo ID
  • Bring your insurance and pharmacy cards
  • Bring payment in cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express
  • If you are driving, please park in the designated parking spots
    • If those spots are full, you may park in any open spot
  • You might see protesters on the sidewalk at our health center; you do not have to talk to them
  • Please do not bring any children with you to your appointment; right now, we can only allow patients in the health center based on best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • We will take your temperature before you check-in for your appointment; this is to confirm you do not have a fever - if you do have a fever, a cough or shortness of breath we will reschedule your appointment

 

Insurance & Payment Information

  • Iowa Medical Assistance will not cover the cost of your procedure
  • If you have commercial insurance, please contact your insurance company - ask if elective abortion is a benefit of your plan and whether you have a deductible or co-pay
    • If your benefits do not include elective abortion, please call us at 877-811-7526 to talk about self-pay pricing
  • If you are self-pay, please bring proof of income for the last 30 days with to your appointment
    • Call us at 877-811-7526 to talk about self-pay pricing
    • Payment is due at check-in
  • Concerned about payment? Have questions about insurance? We are here to help.