How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

How much does an abortion cost?
How much does an abortion cost?

How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors.

One of the most frequent questions asked by those facing an unplanned pregnancy is “How much does an abortion cost?”  If that’s you, you may be surprised to find there is a wide range of answers.  That’s because the cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors such as age of pregnancy (how far along you are), type of abortion, whether you request pain meds or sedation, the type of facility you choose, the type of medical provider, and so on.  The cost could be a few hundred dollars or a few thousand.  Among those factors, finding out the age of your pregnancy is an important first step. Fortunately, there is a way you can find that information at no cost to you.  There are women’s health care clinics in most cities that will provide you with a free ultrasound, which will give you the information you need to predict the abortion cost.

Many women rely on their LMP (last menstrual period) to determine how far along they might be.  Your LMP is a good place to start, but it is not always accurate.  An ultrasound is the most accurate method for dating a pregnancy.  Medical abortions are typically available for dates up to 10-11 weeks, while surgical options are typically necessary beyond that mark.  As you might expect, a medical abortion (series of pills) is less expensive than a surgical one.  Furthermore, as a pregnancy progresses, surgical abortions increase in price.  That’s why accurately dating a pregnancy is so important. It will affect the overall abortion cost.

In addition to helping you date your pregnancy, there is other important information that a free ultrasound can provide.  For one thing, it can help your medical provider rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is one located outside of the uterus and is a medical emergency.  It can also help you discover whether your pregnancy is progressing by looking for a heartbeat.  If there is no heartbeat, you might be experiencing a miscarriage . 

One area women sometimes fail to think about when calculating the cost of an abortion is follow up care.  It is important to ask a medical provider about their policies and pricing for follow up visits.  Sometimes things do not go as planned and women need additional medical services.  There are risks to both types of abortion and it is important to know if follow up visits are included and what the overall abortion costs might be if there are complications. 

So if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering about the cost of an abortion, consider finding a place to get a free ultrasound before you do anything else.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News we provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing; and we provide those services at no cost to you!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk about your options with a trained client advocate.  Call us today or click here to schedule your medical appointment.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

May 3, 2022

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3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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What is Plan C?

What is Plan C?
What is Plan C?

WHAT IS PLAN C

"Plan C is the idea that there is one final option in a three-step plan. "

Most women have heard of Plan B (sometimes called the “Morning After Pill”). It’s the emergency contraception pill taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. You don’t want to be pregnant, so you take a pill to make sure you aren’t. 

But Plan C? What’s that? 

Plan C is the idea that there is one final option in a three-step plan. When birth control (Plan A) and emergency contraception (Plan B) fail to prevent a pregnancy, you need a Plan C.

Plan C reduces all your options into one final option – abortion pills to be taken at home, with the entire process completed there in your home.

But hold on, before we rush into an ABC plan that is supposed to be a “one-size-fits-all” plan, let’s consider the actual options that are available to us. 

You deserve access to the full range of options because there isn’t just one final choice if your Plan A and your Plan B don’t go as planned. An unplanned pregnancy that exists, despite using birth control and taking a Plan B pill, has more than one final option. 

What’s more, Plan C – without in-person access to a provider – makes some pretty risky assumptions. It assumes you are actually pregnant and in the early stages of pregnancy. It assumes you are not in the process of a miscarriage. It assumes your pregnancy isn’t ectopic.

You don’t need assumptions as part of your “Plan C”, you need accurate medical information – including a free ultrasound – so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health.

There’s a place you can receive medical services (like a pregnancy test and ultrasound), support, and a safe place right here in Newport News, Virginia. It’s called Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. What’s more, you can explore all of your options and get the medical services you need at no cost to you.

Don’t let anyone plan your life for you. Don’t settle for assumptions and a “good for all” single option.  You deserve better.

Call us today at 757-591-8141 to schedule your free appointment.  

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Unpregnant

Does abortion make me unpregnant?
Does abortion make me unpregnant?

UNPREGNANT

Will Abortion Make Me Unpregnant?

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?  The idea that you can become unpregnant by having an abortion.  After all, abortion is just the end of a pregnancy.  If you end the pregnancy, you won’t be pregnant anymore.  Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Yes, an abortion will mean you are no longer pregnant.  Depending on the type of abortion, it may happen quickly through a surgical procedure, or it may happen over time through a series of medications that stop the development of the pregnancy and then expel the pregnancy from your body.

But in a sense, you can never really become unpregnant.  You can end the pregnancy physically, yet it’s not always possible to end it emotionally or spiritually.  For the rest of your life, this pregnancy will be a part of your story, a part of your past.  There is no turning back the clock.  Each time you are asked on a medical form, you will need to include information about this pregnancy in order to give your doctor a complete medical history.  So while you can end the pregnancy, you cannot undo it.

If you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy you will need to face three very different options:  abortion, adoption, and parenting.  It is important for you to know that all three options have life-long consequences. Each option will come with its own set of unique challenges.  And while you can’t technically become unpregnant, there is one thing you can do – you can get an abortion consultation.  You can give yourself the time and space you need to thoroughly process each of your options. 

If you want a judgement-free safe place to do that, give Alcove Health a call.  You will be able to meet with a trained client advocate who will hear your story and help you unpack how each option might look in your unique situation.  You will also meet with a Registered Nurse who will give you medically accurate information.  And we will do it all at no cost to you.  Click here to make a no-cost appointment today at Alcove Health in Newport News, Virginia.

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Abortion Regret

Abortion Regret
Abortion Regret

Abortion Regret

There is Hope - Surrendering Your Secret

Abortion regret is real. Post Abortion Syndrome is a term for women who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion. It has been likened to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by medical professionals because many women experience those symptoms. A woman doesn’t need technical terms to explain their feelings.  “Women can experience ‘impacted grieving’ which includes the inability to complete the grieving process” according to David C. Reardon, Ph.D. The fact that you are reading this blog means you are probably concerned or questioning your abortion. Know this, you are not alone – and healing is possible! 

These are common struggles of women who have had an abortion, do you experience any of the following:

    • Anniversary reactions: either the abortion date or the due date
    • Guilt because of morality, anger, or sorrow.
    • Anxiety (which causes: headaches, dizziness, pounding heart, abdominal cramps, muscle tightening, difficulty sleeping)
    • Anxiety over fertility issues (having future children – or inability to conceive)
    • Experiencing deep sense of loss, or prolonged periods of depression.
    • Nightmares
    • Flashbacks
    • Resentment or anger toward people involved in the abortion (father, friends, parents, or even medical team)
    • Avoid children
    • Avoid pregnant women
    • Unable to bond with children, either overprotective or feeling detached
    • Wanting to replace the baby lost to abortion

Before your abortion, you may have been supported by someone or encouraged to have the abortion.  But in the aftermath, you don’t have their support in your suffering.  There is silence that surrounds your abortion.  People may have said, “you made the best choice” and yet you have regret? We freely talk about illness, relationships, children, or political views but tend to avoid talking about our abortion.  But no more…

THERE IS HOPE.  You do not have to carry this abortion regret alone anymore.  Thousands of women have sought out help and found healing and relief.  At Alcove Health we offer Surrendering The Secret, a study that enables women to release the abortion regret and find freedom.  This powerful, redemptive time with others enables each hurting woman to find a personal path to healing.  You can recover.  It’s your time.

Call 757-591-8141 to find out when the next study is available. 

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On the other hand, if you have just received a positive pregnancy test and you’re contemplating an abortion, we are here for you today. An abortion consultation can help you process how you would handle abortion regret before you get an abortion.  We are a safe space to process your feelings and ask questions in a judgment-free zone.  

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you’ll receive medically-evidenced information to make the best decision during your FREE options consultation.  This includes a pregnancy confirmation and ultrasound.  We see you and we want to help!

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment at Alcove Health in Newport News, Virginia.

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