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, Surgical Abortion, Medical Abortion or Abortion Pill, Gynecology, and Pregnancy on separate pages. Choices is woman-owned and operated with mainly women staff.
Do you provide the “Morning After” Pill?
Yes, we do provide the “Morning After” Pill at Choices. Also known as Plan B, it helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Plan B is NOT an abortion pill. It does NOT affect or end an existing pregnancy. Plan B is covered by most insurances and Medicaid.
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 performed on a walk-in basis.
What is medical abortion?
Medical abortion is a method to terminate pregnancy non-surgically with medication. This method is available to women under ten weeks of pregnancy.
What is the difference between medical abortion 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.
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 (“the pill”) and surgical abortions. *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.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
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 tablets given for non-surgical abortion do not cause miscarriage. In these cases, the patient could require a surgical pregnancy termination.
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 available 9am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday from links on most pages 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?
Hopefully, after you have met with a Choices counselor and discussed all the issues surrounding your pregnancy you will be committed to your decision. However, there are times that 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 most private insurances, subject to verification based on the service you are receiving:
- Consumer Health Network
- Empire BCBS
- Empire Healthplus
- Empire Plan
- GHI (Emblem)
- HIP (Emblem)
- Health first
- Healthcare Partners
- magna care
- United Community Health/Essential Plans
Choices also partners with the following funding agencies for abortion coverage: 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.