Abortion

How much does it cost to get an abortion?

How much does an abortion cost at carafem?

At carafem, an abortion costs between $250 and $700 depending on the method you choose and whether you prefer at-home care with a video visit or going into a health center.

carafem offers two different types of abortion; the abortion pill and the carafem procedure. You can visit this page to check your eligibility and read more about each type. Most carafem locations provide abortion care up to 13 weeks.

Note: the abortion pill is available at carafem up to 11 weeks and the carafem procedure is available up to about 13 weeks depending on your location.

How much does an abortion cost in the US?

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the average cost of an abortion in the US when performed in the first trimester is over $500. This cost varies and is often higher in states where abortion is more heavily restricted than in states with more access to abortion.

Other factors that influence price include insurance coverage, type of pain medication used, and the need for any additional lab testing. carafem simplifies this by providing clear and transparent pricing on our abortion costs page.

Will insurance cover my abortion?

Like many other medical services in the US, insurance coverage for abortion care is complicated and varies by policy and provider. carafem accepts most insurance providers for in-office care dependent on your location. Insurance companies are not yet covering telehealth abortion care which we hope to see change over time. Because each insurance company offers different plans, and benefits vary from plan to plan, please make sure you have talked to our staff about any insurance related questions at least 24 hours before your appointment by calling us at (855) SAY-CARA.

Our team will help confirm how much will be covered by your insurance and what will need to be paid out of pocket. We can also help you file private insurance. If you do not have medical insurance, you will be offered the opportunity to apply for discounts on the cost of service.

Is abortion covered by medicaid?

Medicaid covers abortion care in select states. carafem accepts medicaid in our Maryland and Illinois locations for in-center care. Medicaid is not yet covering telehealth abortion care. Please call us at (855) Say-Cara at least 24 hours before your appointment to go over your insurance coverage and determine any out-of-pocket costs.

Is there any other financial assistance for those without insurance or medicaid, or in places where insurance and medicaid are not accepted?

Yes! Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify for most types of care. Please give us a call at (855) Say-Cara at least 24 hours before your appointment to discuss financial assistance.

How can I get Abortion Pills By Mail?

carafem offers abortion pill care via video visits in select states. If you have a mailing address in one of the following states, you may be eligible for abortion pill medication, delivered discreetly within 2-4 business days of your video visit with a physician.

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Virginia

Costs range between $250-375. We are unable to take insurance or Medicaid for abortion pills by mail at this time. You will have a chance to talk about your options and decide what’s best for you during your video visit.

How does an abortion pill appointment work?

The abortion pill is actually a combination of what is usually two kinds of pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) that are taken in sequence.  In the U.S. these are most often used before 11 weeks of pregnancy.

The first pill, mifepristone, blocks a hormone necessary for a pregnancy to continue to develop. Most people swallow this first pill in our office. A small number of people see some vaginal bleeding after taking mifepristone, but it’s not common.

The second pill, misoprostol, causes cramping and bleeding from the vagina so that the pregnancy will leave your body (similar to a miscarriage). It is usually taken at home within 72 hours after taking the first pill.

While they are incredibly safe, these pills are not available through pharmacies just yet and they are different from birth control pills or emergency contraception pills (Plan B), so if you have any questions, please call us at (855) SAY-CARA. Learn more about if the abortion pill is right for you, and what to expect in this helpful video.

What happens during an abortion procedure aka the carafem procedure?

The carafem procedure is a safe and effective method of early abortion. This process is also known as “aspiration abortion” or “surgical abortion” – even though there is no surgery involved.  We know it is one of the safest and effective methods of abortion around the world.

Performed in our private office, the process takes about 2-7 minutes — about the same amount of time as a regular pap smear. Your physician will use a small, quiet handheld aspiration device that will quickly and gently remove the contents of your uterus, similar to releasing your period all at once. A caring staff person will focus on your comfort by offering to play soft music and providing a warming heat pad to ease cramping.

Reproductive Health Care Information You Can Trust

carafem medical standards and guidelines have been composed and approved by Board-certified Ob/Gyn Physicians as part of the carafem medical committee. carafem is a member in good standing of the National Abortion Federation. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page, or call us at (877) 708-1364, or find a location near you.