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Overview of the Abortion Pill (via Telehealth) 

  • The abortion pill (also referred to as medication abortion) is a safe & effective way to end an early pregnancy. 

  • The abortion pill involves using two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

  • This option is available up to 77 days from the first day of your last menstrual period. 

  • To qualify for this service you must be physically in California at the time of your telehealth appointment. 

  • We use the same medications and guidelines we would if you were seen in-clinic. 

What to expect

Preparing for an appointment: 
  • Make sure you have a quiet, private space, and a stable internet connection. If you don't have a computer, you can use your phone or tablet. 

  • You will need to log in to your patient portal in order to complete consent forms prior to the start of your appointment. 

  • Ensure you have enough menstrual pads at home to last for at least two weeks of bleeding when you begin your abortion. 

What to expect during the visit: 
  • Your visit will last approximately 45 minutes.  

  • The medical provider will discuss the following with you: 

  • Your medical history 

  • The abortion process and reviewing any risks 

  • Making a plan to get medications (either by mail at a California address or picked up at one of our health centers) 

  • Please note: No ultrasound or pelvic exam is required for this type of visit. However, if during your virtual visit our clinician determines that you need either of these, they will guide you through your in-person options.  

  • You will also be scheduled for a follow-up telehealth visit or referral a week later. 

What to expect after the visit: 
  • You will either pick up your medications at one of our local health centers or have the medications mailed to you within 2-3 days.  

  • You will follow the clinician's instructions for taking the medications. 

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

  • You may have check-in with a clinician one week after your abortion through a quick telehealth appointment if your provider determines you need one.  

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

  • 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.    

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