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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. If you need help paying for your abortion, Choices can help you in several ways:
Please call 718-349-9100, Ext 520 to speak with a Choices financial counselor who can assist you in abortion funding related questions.
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.
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.
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.
Choices accepts Medicaid and most private insurances, subject to verification based on the service you are receiving:
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.
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.
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.