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Are TelAbortions safe? What is Plan C?

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

In the season of virtual medicine, you may have a lot of questions about telemedicine, TelAbortion, and access to the abortion pill without having to see a doctor. If you are looking for information about abortion procedures, the abortion pill, and what your pregnancy options are right now - we can help.

COVID-19 UPDATE: You can still make in-office visits to our center during this time. We are taking every precaution to ensure you feel safe and protected.

What is Plan C?


Plan C is a campaign to tell people about abortion pills, what they are, and how they’re used.

An informed decision is an empowered decision. If you are pregnant, take the time you need to decide which choice is best for you.

What do I need to know about the abortion pill? How much does it cost?

Officially named RU-486, the pill is actually two drugs and it’s taken in two separate doses. Mifepristone, the first dose, is taken at the clinic and Misoprostol, is usually taken at home.

It is available for most people who are 4-7 weeks pregnant, but it can be taken up to 10 to 11 weeks in some cases. Because the drug Misoprostol is what begins the process of expelling the pregnancy, reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose. The abortion pill can cost anywhere between $400-$800.

Make an appointment today to learn more about the types of abortion by trimester, determine how far along you are, and talk to our staff about your abortion and your pregnancy options.

Can I get an abortion without seeing a doctor? Are self-managed or at-home abortions safe?

TelAbortion is a relatively new term. Getting an abortion used to always require a visit to a clinic or doctor, but in the age of telemedicine, more options are available from home than ever.

While you can get abortion pills without first seeing a doctor, if you have underlying medical conditions, it may not be safe. Second doses of the abortion pill are typically taken at home, but you should always have a medical consultation and an ultrasound prior to taking RU-486. You will be better prepared and informed on what can happen and who to contact if an emergency arises.

The abortion pill (also known as a medical or chemical abortion) isn't an option if you:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy. You shouldn't attempt a medical abortion if you've been pregnant for more than nine weeks (after the start of your last period). Some types of medical abortion aren't done after seven weeks of pregnancy.

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD).

  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).

  • Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.

  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications.

  • Can't make follow-up visits to your doctor or don't have access to emergency care.

  • Have an allergy to the medications used.

At your consultation, you can talk to a nurse about your medical history and explore all your options.

How does the abortion pill work? What else do I need to know?

It works by inducing contractions to expel the contents of your uterus, putting your body into early labor. Some side-effects include heavy bleeding, cramps, contractions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fever, and infections.

In some cases, abortion pills, even if taken correctly, may not work. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and are still pregnant, come see us.

Why do I need an ultrasound first?

An ultrasound is the only method that can 100% confirm your pregnancy, determine viability and how far along you are. Abortion costs vary depending on gestation and the abortion pill is only an option up to fewer than 70 days counting from the first day of your LMP (last regular period.)

The risks, complications, and need for medical attention increases as the pregnancy advances. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Abortions pills do not work if the pregnancy is outside of the uterus.


Confirm your pregnancy, get the facts, and explore all your pregnancy options in a safe, confidential environment. All our services are offered at no cost to you and we do not financially benefit from any decision that you make.

We do not perform or refer for abortion, TelAbortions, or the abortion pill.


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