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Medication Abortion Procedure

Please note: you will speak with a health care professional at your appointment about your medical information, all of your options, and you will be able to ask questions.

Information regarding your visit:

  • Your visit will last between 2-3 hours. Due to the length of the visit, we recommend that you do not bring children to the appointment.
  • You will receive the following services during your visit:
    • Vaginal ultrasound
    • Education session
    • First dose of medication to take at the clinic
    • Other medications to take while you’re in California, as directed
  • If with an ultrasound we cannot locate the pregnancy, we may need to perform additional testing to confirm the location of the pregnancy.
  • If it is determined that you are more than 11 weeks pregnant, we will have to reschedule you for an in-health center abortion.
  • You may have a light meal prior to your appointment.
  • Please take all regularly prescribed medication as you normally would before your appointment.
  • What to expect with this service:
    • Heavy bleeding, strong cramping and passing of large clots
    • This part of the process may last several days.  During this process, we advise that you have another person with you and you remain in California
    • It is our advice that you return to our health center for a follow-up visit which could happen as soon as 24-72 hours after your initial visit

We recommend that you plan to be off work at least 48 hours after taking the medication at home.

Things to bring to your appointment:

  • A photo ID
  • A list of all current medications you are taking
  • Insurance card

Do you have Medi-Cal? Please make sure to bring your Medi-Cal Card as it may cover your appointment. The name on your ID and Medi-Cal card must match in order to be used.

Do you have Insurance you’d like to use for your visit? Please make sure to bring proof of insurance to your appointment. We recommend contacting your insurance company directly to confirm your eligibility, benefits and if Planned Parenthood is in your plan’s network. Co-Pays and deductibles are due at the time of your appointment.

Do you have insurance questions? Please call us at 619-881-5036.

Please be on time!

If you are late to the appointment, we reserve the right to reschedule. Give yourself plenty of time to get here. For patients with appointments at our 1st Avenue, San Diego location: Parking is limited at this location.  Please be prepared to find street parking and plan accordingly when arriving for your appointment.

To cancel or reschedule your appointment or if you have any questions, please call us at 1-888-743-7526. It is important to follow these instructions to make sure you are able to be seen for your appointment.


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