• Choices Women’s Medical Center:
  • 147-32 Jamaica Avenue
  • Queens, NY 11435

Abortion Pill Frequently Asked Questions

Abortion Pill Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at Choices Women’s Medical Center are included on this page. Frequently Asked Questions are answered about Choices in General, Abortion in General, Surgical Abortion, Gynecology, and Pregnancy on separate pages.

Abortion Pill FAQ

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill, also called medical abortion, or RU486, is a method to end pregnancy non-surgically with medication. This method is available to women under 10 weeks or 70 days of pregnancy.

Does Choices offer the Abortion Pill?

Yes. It is one of the two methods of abortion offered at Choices. It is covered by most insurances and Medicaid.

How late can you take the abortion pill?

If you are under 10 weeks of pregnancy or less than 70 days pregnant you can qualify for the “abortion pill” (medical abortion).

 

How does the abortion pill work?

The medical abortion process (abortion pill) has two steps and includes two different medicines. First, at Choices you take a pill called mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing. Second, at your home, 24 to 48 hours after taking the first pill, you take a set of 4 pills called misoprostol. The second set of pills empties the uterus, and you will experience cramping and heavy bleeding during this process. The abortion-by-pill has a success rate of 91-95%.

How do I prepare for the medical abortion?

There are no special preparations for medical abortion (the abortion pill). When you come in for your appointment, you will have lab work and a sonogram done, and you will meet with a licensed Clinic Social Worker to discuss your pregnancy options, the abortion procedure, and any concerns or questions you may have.

Is the Abortion Pill or surgical, in-clinic abortion better? How can I tell what is best for me?

At your appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss your pregnancy options, the details of the abortion procedures, and any questions or concerns you may have. Your social worker and your doctor can give you the information you need to help you make an educated decision about what is best for you. You can also go here for a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

How do you know if the abortion pill has worked?

You must come back to Choices no later than 2 weeks after your procedure for your post abortion checkup and sonogram to make sure that your medical abortion was successful and your uterus is empty. If the abortion fails, you may need to repeat the process or have an in-clinic surgical abortion.

Do you offer free pregnancy testing?

Yes, Choices offers free urine pregnancy testing. The urine pregnancy test detects pregnancy approximately four weeks after conception or about two weeks after your first missed period. This test can detect pregnancy as early as 10 days after conception. All testing can be done on a walk-in basis.

I don’t have insurance. Can I still get an abortion at Choices?

Yes. If you need help paying for your abortion, Choices can help you in several ways:

  • You may qualify for Emergency Medicaid which covers pregnancy-related services, including both medical (“abortion pill”) and surgical abortions. Take our Emergency Medicaid Quiz to see if you qualify here.
  • We can help secure funds for you from a funding agency or organization that will cover the cost.
  • We can help you work out a reasonable self-pay plan.

Please call 718-349-9100, Ext 520 to speak with a Choices financial counselor who can assist you in abortion funding related questions.

Can I get the abortion pill without my parents knowing?

Yes. When you call for an appointment, ask to speak with a Choices financial counselor who can assist you in applying for funding in private, without your parents’ knowledge or involvement.

How much is the abortion pill in NY?

Medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” is available for $600, which includes your first visit and a follow-up visit.

What if the pill doesn’t work?

In a small percentage of cases, the medicine given for non-surgical abortion does not cause an abortion (a miscarriage). In these cases, the patient could require a surgical abortion procedure.

Do I have to make an appointment for a medical abortion?

Appointments are always recommended. You may also walk-in for specific services. You can call 718-786-5000 to speak to one of our representatives or make an online appointment for any of our services. Chat is also available 24/7 on the bottom of every page of our website.

Do I need a pregnancy test done at your clinic before scheduling an appointment?

No. Your pregnancy test is performed when you arrive for your appointment.

Can you change your mind about your abortion after you’ve taken the first abortion pill at Choices?

After you have met with a Choices counselor and discussed all the issues surrounding your pregnancy, we hope you will be committed to your decision. However, sometimes circumstances and minds can change.

Studies on the abortion pill show that if you take the first medicine, but not the second, the abortion pill is less likely to work. So, if you’ve begun the process of having an abortion by the abortion pill but are having second thoughts, it is very important to contact Choices right away to talk about your best next steps and what to expect. Choices has nurses available 24/7 by calling 718-786-5000.

What kind of insurance do you accept for medical abortion? Is it covered?

Choices accepts Medicaid and most private insurances, subject to verification based on the service you are receiving:

  • Aetna
  • Affinity
  • Cigna
  • Consumer Health Network
  • Empire BCBS
  • Empire Healthplus
  • Empire Plan
  • Fidelis
  • GHI (Emblem)
  • HIP (Emblem)
  • Health first
  • Healthcare Partners
  • magna care
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Metroplus
  • Multiplan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford
  • UHC
  • United Community Health/Essential Plans
  • Wellcare
  • 1199

Choices also partners with the following funding agencies to cover abortion costs: NAF (National Abortion Federation), NYAAF (New York Abortion Access Fund), NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds), and WRRAP (Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project).

Please click here to view our financial assistance page on our website for more information.

What is the difference between the abortion pill and the “morning-after pill”?

The “morning-after pill,” also known as Plan B, helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Plan B is NOT an abortion pill. It does NOT affect or stop an existing pregnancy.

Where can I get the “Morning After” pill?

We have the “Morning After” Pill at Choices. It is NOT an abortion pill. It does NOT affect or end an existing pregnancy. Also known as Plan B, the “Morning After” pill helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Plan B is covered by most insurances and Medicaid.

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