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Patient Navigators

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio works to meet the complex and diverse needs of all of our patients. For this reason, we have patient navigators on staff to help understand options available, which includes coordinating your abortion care and gender affirming hormone therapy. Learn more about both programs below.

Abortion Care

Seeking an abortion can be a very complicated decision. There may be physical, emotional, financial, or logistical challenges. We are here to help you. Reach out to our navigator at 513.824.7848 if you need assistance with the following:

  • Financial Screening

  • Transportation

  • Lodging

  • Emotional Support



Which types of abortions can be provided?

At the Cincinnati Surgical Center, we provide medication abortions and surgical abortions (D&C and D&E). A medication abortion can be performed up to 10 weeks and 0 days in the pregnancy. A surgical abortion can be performed up to 21 weeks and 6 days in the pregnancy. The types of abortions we are able to provide may change based upon state legislature. 

Does insurance cover visits for abortion-related services? 

Typically, no. Medicaid does not cover abortion services in the state of Ohio. Some private health insurances may cover some abortion related services, however it will likely be after you reach your deductible for surgical services.

Will an abortion affect my fertility? What if I decide that I want to have children in the future? 

No. A safe, uncomplicated, legal abortion does not affect a woman’s ability to have children in the future. So, unless there are significant complications, such as a damaged cervix, a woman’s fertility is not affected by abortion. Contrary to what you may have heard, abortion does not: 

  • make miscarriage more likely 

  • make ectopic or tubal pregnancy more likely 

  • increase the risk of birth defects, premature birth, or low birth weight in future pregnancies 

  • Abortion is a very safe procedure. It’s about twice as safe as having tonsils removed, and is much safer than giving birth.

Are minors able to have an abortion? 

Yes, however parental consent is required for anyone under the age of 18. A judicial bypass may be possible in certain circumstances, where a parent or guardian does not need to be involved. 

Online it states that eligibility for the medication abortion is up until 11 weeks, why can’t I get a medication abortion if I’m only at 10 weeks? 

Although medical findings have shown that medication abortion can be effective up until 11 weeks of gestation, we only offer the medication abortion to patients at 10 weeks and 0 days of gestational age or sooner. If you are between 10 and 11 weeks of gestational age and would prefer to have the medication abortion, we would be happy to provide you with resources to other clinics who can offer you this service. 

How much will my abortion cost from PPSWO? 

Pricing is ultimately determined based on gestational age and financial eligibility. However, the consultation price is $200. This cost covers your initial consultation visit that is required by the state of Ohio. This visit consists of an ultrasound, bloodwork, patient education, and a consultation with one of our doctors.

Why do I have to have a consultation visit?

Ohio law requires an initial consent visit with the doctor at least 24 hours before having an abortion. 

Gender Affirming Care




What therapies are offered for Hormone Replacement Therapy? 

We offer two types of hormone replacement therapy, estrogen based and testosterone based therapy. Estrogen based therapy is feminizing; testosterone based therapy is masculinizing. We offer different medication options for both therapies and will help create a custom care plan based on the patient. 

Do I need a mental health referral and/or diagnosis of gender dysphoria to begin therapy?  

No, we use the informed consent model. The provider will go over the risks/benefits of hormone replacement therapy in depth and work to determine the best plan of action according to the patient's needs. However, we do encourage patients to seek mental health services to help them along their journey.  

Is hormone replacement therapy available for minors? 

No, patients must be at least 18 years old to receive hormone replacement therapy. 

What is the process of beginning hormone replacement therapy?

All patients seeking hormone replacement therapy for the first time must have a navigator visit before being scheduled with a clinician.  Patients continuing or transferring will be offered a navigator visit but it is not required.  The soonest that hormones will be prescribed is when you see the clinician but in some cases more information may be needed before starting. 

I am unable to get in with the PP affiliate closest to me. Can I have my intake with one of your locations and then be scheduled at another affiliate? 

Unfortunately, no. The navigator can only schedule appointments at locations within our affiliate - Cincinnati, Hamilton, Dayton and Springfield.  

How much does this cost?

We encourage all patients to contact their insurance companies to see what services and prescriptions are covered under their plan. Out-of-pocket costs are determined by your insurance provider, Patients using self-pay can expect to receive a Good Faith Estimate prior to their initial clinician visit. Navigator visits are free of charge.  

Will birth control interfere with testosterone?

 All patients who are on testosterone based therapy are encouraged to use a method of birth control as they may still be at risk for pregnancy even if they are not having periods.

Gender Affirming Care Resource Guide 

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