How Much Does An Abortion Cost

Choosing to have an abortion is a life changing decision. There are many factors to consider as you make this decision, once of which is the cost of a procedure. You may be asking your self, “how much does an abortion cost?” There are multiple factors that affect how much an abortion will cost including pregnancy test, ultrasound, the procedure itself, pain management, and post-procedure care. Below is a break down of each of these factors and how they contribute to the total cost of your abortion.  

Confirmation of Pregnancy

The first place to start is to confirm that you are pregnant. Many pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, or cramps, can be related to other medical issues and you may not be pregnant at all. It is important to take a pregnancy test as your initial first step. Pregnancy tests can be purchased at a local store and cost will vary depending on which grocery or drug store you purchase from. Pregnancy Resource Centers offer free pregnancy tests if you have difficulty accessing or purchasing one.

A pregnancy test can also be performed by your doctor or in the emergency room and cost of a pregnancy test performed in a hospital or doctors office will vary based on your insurance. If your pregnancy test is positive, you will need to schedule an appointment with a trusted health care provider for an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy. Having an ultrasound performed is important for three reasons: to confirm that your pregnancy is viable, to ensure your pregnancy is located in your uterus, to find out how far along your pregnancy is.  

It is very important to confirm your pregnancy and also confirm that your pregnancy is viable. Ten-twenty percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. The actual percentage is likely higher but the exact number is unknown. This is because miscarriages can occur so early in pregnancy that a woman may not have even known she was pregnant before she begins miscarrying. Because such a large percentage of pregnancies end in miscarriage, it is important for you to confirm that your pregnancy is viable.

Pregnancy is confirmed by ultrasound where the pregnancy is visualized on a screen. While checking viability, your health care provider will assess for a heart beat and look to ensure your pregnancy is growing in the correct place, your uterus. If your pregnancy is not viable and you are having a miscarriage, you will not need an abortion procedure and instead will need care provided by an OBGYN to make sure your miscarriage is complete. Incomplete miscarriages can cause adverse health affects for you so be sure to see a doctor. If your pregnancy is not located in your uterus, your care will need to be managed immediately by an OBGYN to discuss the risks of a pregnancy outside your uterus and ensure your health and safety.

It is important to find out how far along your pregnancy is as each abortion procedure can only be performed at certain times during your pregnancy. In light of the current situation in health care, many providers are switching over to virtual or tele-health appointments. While this can be a safe option to reduce exposure in the health care setting, it is still crucial to have an ultrasound done so that you can make the correct decision to keep yourself safe during your abortion.

For example, the abortion pill can only be taken up to ten weeks into your pregnancy. It is therefore very important to have an ultrasound to confirm that you are less than ten weeks along if you choose to take the abortion pill. If you were farther than 10 weeks, a health care provider could discuss surgical abortion options with you as you would be too far along in your pregnancy to take the abortion pill. The abortion clinic you choose should require an ultrasound to be completed prior to your procedure to confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are. 

Cost for an ultrasound depends on the abortion clinic, so be sure to clarify if that is included in the total cost of the procedure or if there is an additional fee for the ultrasound. With tele-health appointments becoming more readily available, you may be given a script to complete the ultrasound before your scheduled abortion procedure date. This can be done at an OBGYN’s office or your local pregnancy resource center. Cost at an OBGYN’s office will depend on your insurance coverage. Pregnancy Resource Centers offer limited ultrasounds for free to confirm viability, confirm the pregnancy is in your uterus, and determine how far along you are.

Procedure

After you have confirmed the viability of your pregnancy, you will need to decide which abortion procedure you will have. How far along your pregnancy is will factor into which procedure you are eligible to choose. Your ultrasound will tell you how far along your pregnancy is. Talking with a health care provider about each procedure and which ones you are eligible for will be your next step.

It is important for your safety to attend a pre-abortion screening appointment to discuss procedures, risks, and side effects. Your pre-abortion screening appointment is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. You have the right to understand which procedure you are choosing so that you can make an informed decision. No one can decide for you what you should do. It is not okay if someone else is making decisions for you. This is your decision and you have the right to accurate information regarding your choices. It is important to schedule a pre-abortion screening appointment in order to discuss your procedure options with a trusted health care provider.

There are three different abortion options, one medical option and two surgical options. These include the abortion pill, a suction procedure, and a dilation and cutterage procedure. Each of these procedures can only be performed at certain times during your pregnancy based on how far along you are which is determined by your ultrasound. Cost of each procedure varies depending on which procedure you choose and how many appointments you will have including tele-health appointments, consultation appointments, procedure appointment, and follow up appointments.

Pregnancy Resource Centers offer pre-abortion screening appointments at no cost to you. This free appointment gives you the opportunity to have your limited ultrasound completed to confirm you pregnancy and discuss your abortion appointments, while saving yourself money.  An additional factor that will affect the overall cost of your abortion procedure is pain management and sedation. You will need to discuss with a health care provider what their clinic offers in terms of pain management and sedation and how much that will cost. Pain management and sedation will also vary depending on which procedure you choose depending on how far along your pregnancy is.

Post Procedure Care Abortion Cost

After your abortion procedure you will likely need a few days to rest and recover. You will also need time to heal after your procedure. Additionally, you may experience adverse side effects and need a longer recovery time. It is important to take any medications that are prescribed to you including any antibiotics. Depending on the provider who performs your abortion procedure, you may also receive a prescription for pain management. Cost of these medications will depend on what the doctor will prescribe and what type of insurance coverage you have. Keep in mind that you may need to take time off of work to recover. Loss of pay due to time away from work ultimately contributes to the cost of your procedure.

Depending on which procedure you have performed, you may need to go back for follow up care and potentially follow up ultrasounds. Participating in your follow up appointments is crucial for your health and safety. Cost of these appointments will depend on the clinic you choose and how many follow up appointments you will need based on which procedure you chose.

Summary of Abortion Cost

There are many factors that contribute to the cost of an abortion. Scheduling an appointment for a free pre-abortion screening could be your first step in getting answers and receiving information about your options. While cost may be a large factor in your decision making, there are many other factors that play into your final decision. Talking with a trusted health care provider about your options may offer you peace of mind as you make your decision. Your local pregnancy resource center is always available to discuss your options and begin your pre-abortion screening at no cost to you. 

Source: www.mayoclinic.org