Abortion Options at carafem: Which is best for you?

Compassionate, convenient, affordable abortion care.

First and foremost, take a deep breath. Whether it’s your first or another abortion, we’ve got you. Please know that we are here to support and help you through this process. Because everyone’s situation is different, carafem offers two types of abortion: the abortion pill and an in-office procedure. Each option is safe, effective, and has its own benefits.

Two Safe Options for an Abortion

Abortion is a safe and effective option for most people in the early stages of pregnancy. carafem provides the abortion pill within the first 11 weeks of a missed period. We also provide the in-office procedure to 13 weeks of a missed period. Use our eligibility calculator to determine which option is best for you.

Abortion Procedure

Some people refer to an in-office abortion as surgical, when in fact, there is absolutely no surgery involved in this process. We use a gentle handheld suction device that is safe, quiet, and non-invasive. This is called a Manual Vacuum Aspiration.
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  • The in-office procedure is fast. The actual abortion only takes a few minutes with our experienced provider.
  • You leave our facility no longer pregnant.
  • The visit lasts about 90 minutes.
  • There is less bleeding and cramping at home.
  • Usually no follow-up visit is required.

Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is often referred to as a medication abortion. It is actually two different medications taken in sequence. The first one, mifepristone, is taken during your carafem appointment. The second dose is 4 pills called misoprostol, which are taken at home up to 72 hours (at the latest).
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  • The abortion pill safely and effectively ends a pregnancy in a way that feels more like a natural process than a procedure.
  • The abortion pill may be better for those who have never had a pelvic exam or like the privacy of having an abortion at home.
  • You can choose when you take the medication/when the abortion will happen, which means the actual abortion can be timed to start the same day as your office visit or up to 3 days after your appointment — depending on what’s best for you.
  • Your visit at carafem takes about 60 minutes. While a follow-up visit is sometimes recommended, it is often not necessary.

Abortion Pills by Video Visit

carafem has been providing abortion pill care via secure video consultation and discreet mailing for over a year. We’re providing safe, reliable access to the abortion pill to hundreds of people who are not in the immediate area of one of our locations.
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Immediate Evaluation

If you’d prefer to access care without scheduling an appointment, you can find out immediately if you are eligible for abortion pills by mail and get medication mailed to you. The process will take about 15 minutes, is available 24/7, and has sliding scale fees of $0-225. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Currently available in Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, IllinoisMaine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
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Costs & Insurance

We accept health insurance and medicaid in some states, but you do not need to be insured to visit carafem. Please see our locations page for specific pricing information about the abortion pill or the in-office procedure.  If you do not have medical insurance, you will be offered the opportunity to apply for discounts on the cost of service.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page for more answers.

Financial Assistance

Abortion care should be accessible to all who want it ​— cost should never be a reason you can’t get an abortion with carafem. We partner with abortion funds to offer financial assistance to those who qualify, and accept health insurance for in-person appointments. If you are concerned about being able to pay for your abortion appointment with carafem, please visit this page or call us at 855-729-2272, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the compassionate, high-quality abortion care you deserve.

carafem Is Here For Everyone

We’ve built the carafem experience to be compassionate, convenient, and prioritized to you. We work to provide the best possible health care in a way that celebrates all aspects of your identity, including your sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, immigration status, socioeconomic background, dis/ability, and age. If you are under 18, you can still come by one of our centers. To learn more, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Just for Teens.