where can i get the abortion pill?
You can get medical abortions (also known as abortion pills) at many family planning health centers. Our caring doctors and nurses are experts in providing safe abortion and non-judgmental support throughout the process. Even if your local family planning health center does not provide the abortion pills, you can call for more information on where to get them.
When looking for an abortion site, beware of “crisis pregnancy centers.” These fake clinics look like medical centers that offer abortions or other pregnancy options, but are actually run by people who want to scare or shame people into not having an abortion.
Depending on where you live, there may be restrictions if you are 17 or younger, or waiting periods to have an abortion. you can ask about this when you call your doctor or the nearest family planning health center.
receive the abortion pill by mail
In some states, you can do your visit online (also known as telehealth) and have your abortion pills mailed to you.
Right now, only some family planning health centers can offer telehealth for the abortion pill (where the pills are mailed to you or you pick them up at your local pharmacy). The best way to find out what services are available in your area is to call the nearest family planning health center. Below is a list of family planning affiliates currently offering abortion pill virtual visits. To have your pills mailed to you, you must have an address where you can receive your pills in one of the states listed below:
- family planning reproductive health services of st. louis region – (il)
- family planning key – (pa)
- planned parenthood of the washington dc metro area inc. (cc, dm, go)
- montana planned parenthood
- planned family league of massachusetts (ma)
- family planning south atlantic (va)
- Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood (nv, nm, co)
- planned parenthood great northwest, hawai’i, alaska, indiana, kentucky (wa, hi)
- planned parenthood north central states (mn)
- Usually have regular periods, are fairly certain of the first day of their last period, and are less than 10 weeks from the first day of their last period
- have access to good information on how to take the pills
- have no medical reasons why they shouldn’t use the pills (such as inherited bleeding disorders, heart or kidney disease, still have an IUD in place, or think they have an ectopic pregnancy)
- could get urgent care, if needed
Contact your nearest family planning health center to see if this is an option for you.
what is a self-managed abortion?
Finding and taking abortion pills to end a pregnancy without the help of a doctor or nurse is called “self-managed abortion” (some people call it “home abortion”). Research shows that self-monitoring of an abortion with abortion pills (mifepristone and/or misoprostol) can be safe and effective. this is especially true for people who:
As so many people find it more difficult to access abortion due to state laws, more and more people may choose self-managed abortion for many different reasons, such as because they cannot afford travel to care.
But there can be legal risks to purchasing and using abortion pills outside of the health care system. the repro legal helpline has more information on this. plan c has more information about the difference between getting an abortion from a doctor or nurse, such as the staff at your local family planning, and a self-managed abortion, including legal considerations.
After taking abortion pills, it is normal to have a fever, chills, nausea, severe cramping, and heavy bleeding for a day. if you have used abortion pills and have symptoms that worry you, such as soaking more than 2 maxi pads per hour for more than 2 hours at a time, heavy bleeding for several days that causes dizziness, chills, and/or fever that lasts more than 24 hours , go to an emergency room. emergency doctors and nurses can treat you whether or not they know about a self-managed abortion. in fact, the symptoms after taking the abortion pills are the same as those of a miscarriage. that information should make no difference to your treatment.
Remember that if you have any health concerns, including symptoms you experience during or after an abortion, your local Planned Parenthood is available to help, even if we don’t provide the abortion. We can also help you set up birth control after an abortion.
If you can’t get in touch with a family planning health center, but still have questions about a miscarriage or abortion, the Miscarriage + Abortion Hotline is a private, secure, staffed phone and text line. by medical professionals. are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood, but can provide helpful information.