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Abortion at PPPSGV

Abortion is common and normal. In fact, 1 in 4 women* will have an abortion during their lifetimes. Sometimes, the decision is simple. Other times, it’s complicated. But either way, the decision to have an abortion is personal, and you’re the only one who can make it. Everyone has their own unique and valid reasons for having an abortion. If you’re thinking about abortion, you may have lots of questions. We’re here to support you.  

*Many others who don't identify as women will have abortions too. The available data is about women, which does not include other people who can get pregnant, including transmen and nonbinary people.  PPPSGV is here to provide care for all those who need it. 

What You Need To Know

Access to Abortion Services

  • Abortion is safe and legal in California. While we are facing devastating attempts to restrict or even ban access to abortion in other parts of the country, California’s laws will continue to protect the right to abortion.  

Types of Abortion Services

  • At PPPSGV, we offer both medication abortion (the abortion pill) and in-clinic abortions.

Costs & Funding

  • Medi-Cal (California’s health insurance program for low-income people) covers the entire cost of an abortion at PPPSGV for eligible California residents. In addition, if you are eligible for pregnancy-related Medi-Cal, our staff can enroll you the day of your appointment. 

  • Most California health insurance plans also cover abortion. We accept the following insurance plans and physician groups:

    • Blue Shield

    • Anthem Blue Cross 

    • Aetna healthcare 

    • Kaiser 

    • Oscar Healthcare 

    • Medi-cal Fee For Service 

    • All Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans 

  • We help patients overcome financial, transportation, and other barriers to care. If you need help, please reach out to our contact center at (626) 798-0706. We also work with abortion funds and practical support networks to support patients. California’s statewide abortion fund isACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE.

  • Bottom Line: We’re committed to helping patients who need extra assistance overcome barriers to care.

Make an Appointment

You can make an appointment for an abortion online or by calling us at (626) 798-0706. We offer medication abortion at all our health centers Monday – Saturday, and in-clinic abortion services every Tuesday and Thursday and some Fridays and Saturdays.  

Nearby Airports To Our Health Centers

Burbank Airport

  • 20 minutes from our Pasadena Health Center
  • 21 minutes from our Highland Park Health Center

Los Angeles Airport

  • 45 minutes from our Alhambra Health Center
  • 50 minutes from our Highland Park Health Center

Ontario Airport

  • 25 minutes from our Glendora Health Center
  • 30 minutes from our Baldwin Park Health Center

We're Here With You. 

Our team is committed to providing you with accurate, non-judgmental information about all your options, answering your questions, and offering support as you make a decision — no matter what you decide about your pregnancy. If you decide to move forward with abortion, our staff with talk to you about your medication and in-clinic options so that you can make the best choice for yourself. 
 

Medication Abortion

Medication abortion (also known as the abortion pill) is a safe series of pills that are taken both at the health center and outside of it. This appointment may require two office visits. Medication abortion is available up to 77 days from the first day of your last menstrual period and available at every PPPSGV health center. 

MEDICATION ABORTION: WHAT TO EXPECT

Preparing for your visit: 

  • Eat a meal before your appointment.  

  • Bring a photo ID.   

  • You can drive yourself to the appointment and back. 

What to expect during your visit:

  • Expect to be at our health centers for approximately 2-3 hours. 
  • An ultrasound will be performed to measure how far along you are in your pregnancy. 
  • A medical professional will ask you questions about your medical history, measure your vital signs, perform lab tests, explain how the medication works, and give you your pills. You’ll take the first set of pills at the health center.  

What to expect after your visit:

  • You will take the remaining 4 pills at home 24-48 hours after taking the first pill.   

  • After taking the second set of pills you may experience heavy bleeding, cramping, and blood clots to help pass the pregnancy.  

  • You may need to return for a second visit to make sure that the medication was effective. The clinician will discuss with you a plan for follow-up either with an appointment at our health center or a check in via telehealth. 

  • You may bleed on and off and experience cramping for up to four weeks after the procedure. 

In-Clinic Abortion

In-clinic abortions are safe, simple medical procedures provided by doctors and nurses at our health centers. This procedure does not require a follow-up visit. In-clinic abortions are available twice a week at certain PPPSGV health centers. At PPPSGV, we offer in-clinic abortions for 1st and 2nd trimester pregnancies. 

In-Clinic Abortion: What To Expect

Preparing for your appointment 

  • Eat a meal before your appointment.  

  • Bring a photo ID.   

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, and full-bottomed underwear.  

  • If you have chosen conscious sedation for your procedure: you cannot drive yourself after the procedure. You must arrange transportation or have a companion pick you up after your appointment. 

  • If you have chosen local anesthesia only for your procedure: You may drive yourself after your appointment. 

What to expect during your visit:

  • Expect to be at our health center for approximately 3-4 hours. 

  • An ultrasound will be performed to measure how far along you are in your pregnancy. 

  • A medical professional will ask your personal questions about your medical history, measure your vital signs, perform lab tests, explain the procedure, and discuss birth control options.  

  • A clinician will have you sign a consent form and will then perform the procedure.  Most abortion procedures use a suction that is done through the vagina to empty out the uterus. Nearly all procedures are completed in less than 15 minutes with most 1st trimester procedures completed in less than 5 minutes. 

  • After your procedure, staff will support you, record your vital signs, and review after-care instructions with you. 

What to expect after your visit:

  • You should go home and rest after the procedure. 

  • You may still experience some pregnancy symptoms after your abortion. It can take a few weeks for the pregnancy hormone to completely leave your system. 

  • You may have cramping and/or bleed on and off for up to four weeks after the procedure. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a California resident to have an abortion?  

No. California does not have any residency requirements to have an abortion.  

How soon after an abortion can I have sex?

It is typically advised that you wait about two weeks before having sex or inserting anything vaginally to reduce the risk of infection.  

Will an abortion affect my ability to get pregnant or have children later? 

Having an abortion doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. Whether you have a medication or in-clinic abortion you can become fertile again very soon after the abortion. 

How will having an abortion impact my period?

It’s normal to have some on and off bleeding after an abortion that is different from your period. Your period should go back to normal 4-8 weeks after your abortion. 

How soon can I have an abortion?
  • There is no waiting period to get an abortion in California. You will be able to get an in-clinic abortion or receive medications for a medical abortion on the day of your appointment. 

  • Medication abortion appointments are often available within the next one or two days and in-clinic abortions are usually scheduled within a week. We can occasionally accommodate walk-in appointments for abortion services. 

  • We can schedule an abortion appointment as soon as someone has a postive pregnancy test. 

Can I get an abortion without my parent or legal guardian’s permission in California? 

Yes. Under California law, minors can obtain an abortion without notifying or obtaining the consent of their parents or legal guardians.   

Will there be protestors at my visit?

Occasionally we have protesters outside of our health centers. They may try to stop your car, hand you packets with false information, or carry signs that are intended to make you uncomfortable.   

A few important things to remember if you see protesters outside of our clinic:  

  • You do not have to talk to them or take anything from them.  
  • Protestors are not allowed on our property.  
  • Protestors may not block your access to our health center.  
  • Protestors may not film or take photos within 100 feet of a health center with the intent to intimate.  

All our health centers have security measures in place for the safety and security of our patients and staff. 

Can I go on birth control after an abortion?

If you are considering going on birth control to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy after your abortion, most methods including long-acting reversible contraception (implants and IUDs) can be started right after your abortion or within the next few days. 

When can I resume my normal activities after an abortion?
  • You can go back to work, school, exercise, and most other normal activities the next day if you feel up to it. 

  • If you had an in-clinic abortion and received sedation, please do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. 

How will I feel after an abortion? 

Each person and situation is different. The decision to have an abortion can be an easy or difficult one. For some people, it is a very stressful time, for others it’s not. Let yourself feel the emotions you need to. If your mood keeps you from doing the things you usually do each day, call your doctor or nurse for help. You can also call Exhale or All-Options for free, confidential, and non-judgmental emotional support after an abortion.