Medication abortion can cost up to $1000, according to GoodRx. If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy and are considering abortion, several factors can affect the cost. Private clinics and abortion providers typically cost less than hospitals, and it also matters whether or not you have insurance.
If your health insurance covers abortion, this will reduce the out-of-pocket charge. If you are traveling to Georgia from out of state, or if you are past six weeks of pregnancy and plan to travel elsewhere, you’ll also want to calculate the traveling and lodging costs.
Read the rest of this article to learn more about how an abortion pill works and essential health screenings to take before scheduling the procedure.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
The abortion pill is a series of medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.
Mifepristone blocks the pregnancy from receiving progesterone, a hormone required for growth and development.
After mifepristone ends the pregnancy, misoprostol induces cramping so that the uterus expels the fetus and pregnancy tissues.
What Are the Risks of Abortion?
When considering a medication abortion, weighing the possible risks is essential. According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Some health complications linked to having an abortion procedure also include:
- Roughly 1% of patients who take the abortion pill suffer severe hemorrhaging
- A 2013 study found that women who have had abortions are more than twice as likely to have a very early preterm delivery in future pregnancies
At PRC Medical, we offer no-cost pregnancy services such as pregnancy testing and ultrasounds.
Not only will an ultrasound confirm you are pregnant, but it can also provide valuable information such as:
- How long you have been pregnant
- Status of the pregnancy
- Location of the pregnancy
These details can alert you to critical information, such as whether or not it is ectopic, which can require a procedure other than abortion. If you are past approximately six weeks pregnant, you’ll also not be eligible for a medication abortion in Georgia.
Depending on your health history our nurse may recommend additional tests to help reduce the risk of common complications that can occur with pregnancy termination.
At PRC Medical, we also offer no-cost consultations, where you can ask questions and get answers in a safe, pressure-free environment. Contact us today to make an appointment!