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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Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?
Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

Can I Still Get An Abortion If I Have An STD?

STD testing before an abortion is an important part of taking care of your reproductive health

Many women considering an abortion are not aware that free STD testing before an abortion is an important part of taking care of your reproductive health.  You might be tempted to think this is an unnecessary step. After all, isn’t it obvious when you have an STD?  We all remember those “nasty” pictures in high school health class.  But that’s not reality. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, many STDs (also known as STIs) “have no signs or symptoms”, meaning they are asymptomatic.  In fact, it’s estimated that 75% of people with STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis are unaware they are infected.  Chlamydia is often called the “silent STD” 

And of course, just because you have no symptoms does not mean you are unable to spread an STD.  In fact, if you live in the Newport News area, you need to know that we apparently have a lot of STDs!  Newport News ranks as the 37th most diseased city in the United States.  In 2020, in Newport News and Hampton, there were 5,289 cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia. And that’s just 2 of the many STDs out there.

So now that you’re convinced free STD testing is important, you might still be asking, “Why do I need STD testing before an abortion?”.  Any type of abortion procedure increases the chance of an undiagnosed STD spreading from your vagina to the rest of your reproductive organs, including your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.  If this were to occur, it can cause a more serious infection called PID, pelvic inflammatory disease. When PID is left untreated it can be life-threatening.

Please do not gamble with your health.  We are here for you.  Not only do we provide no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, but we also provide no-cost STD testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis because no matter what decision you make, we want you to be fully informed and as safe as possible.  We care about you. Call us or click here to request your confidential appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

March 16, 2022

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Is Abortion Painful?

Is Abortion Painful
Is Abortion Painful

Is Abortion Painful?

Your health is worth it.  And your questions deserve answers. 

No one enjoys a medical procedure.  No one.  Most involve some degree of pain and abortion is no exception.  Every abortion comes with its own set of risks and potential pain.  But before you get worked up and anxious, there is at least one thing you need to confirm.  It may sound obvious, but you need to confirm you are pregnant.  So even before you start asking “Is abortion painful?”, consider finding a place where you can get a free pregnancy test as your first step.

But just confirming that you are pregnant isn’t enough.  You need more information.  You need to confirm that your pregnancy is in the right place.  Because if it’s outside the uterus, that is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.  It’s called an ectopic pregnancy and it can be life threatening, not to mention painful. Furthermore, you need to make sure there’s a heartbeat.  After all, without a heartbeat you’ll likely experience a spontaneous abortion, also known as a miscarriage.  You also need to find out how far along you are.  The age of your pregnancy will impact what abortion options are available to you.  So, while it won’t answer your question “Is abortion painful”, a free ultrasound should be next up on your list.

But just confirming that your pregnant and confirming all the information an ultrasound can provide still isn’t enough!  You also need to make sure you don’t have an active STI.  Having an STI can be a painful experience on its own but having an abortion with an active STI can lead to even more serious medical problems.  Finding a place to go where you can get a free STI test should be third on your list.

Once you have that information, you’ll be ready to meet with a registered nurse for abortion education.  That is the best place to have your question answered “Is abortion painful?”  Because while an RN may not be able to give you a definitive answer to your question, the information gained by the free ultrasound can be incredibly helpful in telling you what most women in similar stages of pregnancy have reported. 

That’s a pretty extensive to-do list.  But your health is worth it.  And your question deserves an answer.  We are Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News and we provide pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STI testing.  And we provide it all at no cost!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk to one of our advocates about your unique situation.  Call us today or click here to request an appointment Let us help you get the information you need. We understand the fear of pain is real.  We want to help. 

By Sheri, Client Advocate

March 8, 2022

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Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure
Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Abortion Pill vs Procedure

Taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital

When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important for you to fully understand all options available to you. If you are considering abortion, here are some extremely important pieces of information you should obtain about the abortion pill vs procedure before moving forward on any plans: 

    • Find out if your pregnancy is implanted correctly in the uterus (not ectopic)
    • Find out if your pregnancy is viable
    • Find out how far along you are in the pregnancy
    • Understand the different procedures and risks associated with them

If you’re looking at a positive pregnancy test and you’re uncertain about your abortion options, below is a comparison of the two most common options: abortion pill vs procedure.

Medical Abortion (Pill)

Know the details:

    • It is approved by the FDA for abortions up to 70 days (10 weeks from LMP).
    • It is a combination of 2 different types of medications, taken 48 hours apart.
    • The first medication is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone from continuing the pregnancy.
    • The second medication (taken at 48 hours) is misoprostol, which causes uterine cramping and bleeding so the contents of the uterus are expelled.

Know what to expect:

    • This process is completed at home and could take up to several hours to complete.
    • There will be heavy cramping and bleeding, often with clots. Some bleeding may last for 2 weeks.
    • It is 93-95% effective.

Know the risks:

Surgical Abortion (Procedure)

Know the details:

    • The cervix is dilated wide enough to place a suction catheter inside and empty the uterus, sometimes using an instrument to scrape the edges to ensure the entire pregnancy is removed.
    • The procedure can be very painful, but usually takes less than 10 minutes.

Know what to expect:

    • It is performed in-clinic only, up to the beginning of the 14th week of pregnancy.
    • It is 98% effective. This procedure is more costly than a medical abortion.
    • Some clinics offer medications for relaxation or pain medication during the procedure, but that could increase your risks.
    • You need a driver to take you home.
    • You may take antibiotics afterwards.
    • Spotting blood may last for up to 2 weeks

Know the risks:

    • Infection and hemorrhage
    • Possible organ perforation or damage

A few other considerations about both types of abortion procedures:

    • Neither of these abortion procedures will treat an ectopic pregnancy—that is considered a medical emergency and must be treated appropriately. An early ultrasound is the best way to identify whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic.
    • If your blood type is Rh Negative, you will need a Rhogam injection.
    • STI testing and full treatment are important before an abortion procedure.
    • Many people experience emotional trauma from abortion procedures, often considered a post-traumatic stress event.
    • An abortion will be part of your OB/GYN health and needs to be disclosed to health professionals as part of your full medical history.

Finally, taking your time to fully research the abortion pill vs procedure is vital. It’s important to consider all your options. This decision will likely impact many areas of your life. Here at Alcove Health, our services include an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and STI testing – both at no charge.  Let us provide you with the necessary medical information, practical help & support, and a confidential consult to process your options. Call us today or click here to make an appointment, we are here to help!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

March 1, 2022

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If I have an Abortion, am I Still a Parent?

if I have an Abortion am I still a parent?

"While you can end the pregnancy you may not be able to end parental instinct."

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, I urge you to take a moment and read on. If you’re asking yourself, “Am I still a parent if I abort?” an abortion consultation will help you work through that question. I know you are overwhelmed and unsure about the future. Also, you are likely concerned about everything that may happen to your body.  But let’s take a moment to discuss what you may not hear anywhere else. 

An abortion ends the pregnancy and there may be immediate relief for most women. The worry about your future, school and everything that came with the unexpected pregnancy may seem to be gone. The message we often see on social media: “You do not have to carry a pregnancy for 9 months.” But unfortunately, it is not necessarily that simple. 

It is not always possible to end the pregnancy emotionally. You may carry with you the moment that the pregnancy ended. This means that when it is Mother’s day you could wonder about what would have been if you had not gone through with the abortion. Questions may cross your mind like: I wonder what color eyes he or she would have had? Or would he or she have loved to read like I do? On the day of what would have been his or her birthday you may find yourself counting the years to know how old he or she would be. Being a parent is immediate and now you are faced with three options: carry, adoption, or abortion. 

While you can end the pregnancy you may not be able to end parental instinct. This includes the desire to grieve the loss of the pregnancy.  This is why it is vital to have all the information available before you make a decision. Give yourself time to consider your options and 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.  

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, we provide a safe space for you to process your options, along with the medically accurate information you need to make an informed decision.  Call us today at 757-591-8141 to schedule your free appointment.  

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

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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.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

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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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