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Are you Unexpectedly Expecting?

Maine Family Planning provides expert healthcare with more options and no judgment. Call us to discuss whether medication abortion is the right choice for you.

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If you're pregnant, but dont want to be, Medication Abortion might be the right option for you.

Medication abortion is a safe and effective procedure in which two different medicines are taken to end a pregnancy. The first one is taken at a Maine Family Planning clinic; the second is taken at home or another safe place.

How does medication abortion work?

The first medication, mifepristone, blocks the hormones necessary for a pregnancy to grow; this ends the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, makes your uterus contract and empty; this is similar to a miscarriage.

Is medication abortion an option for me?

If it’s been more than 5 but less than 10 weeks since your last period, medication abortion is an option for you. You must be able to come to a Maine Family Planning clinic for two separate visits, and it’s important that you have a safe place to stay with a person who can support you during the process. We provide aspiration abortion at our Augusta center up to 14 weeks since the first day of your last period.

Where can I get a medication abortion?

Medication abortion is available at all Maine Family Planning clinics; find one close to home.

These medications are not available at pharmacies, and you should not trust pills you can buy online. We have special licensing and training to guide you safely through your abortion.

How much does medication abortion cost?

Both medication and aspiration abortion cost $500. Some insurance plans cover abortion, but not all of them. Financial assistance is available; we can connect you to help when you call.

What you can expect

You'll be in control during your abortion, but we're here for you. Your provider will give you a number you can call 24/7 if you need us.

First: Our Place

On the day of your appointment, you'll come to a MFP clinic and meet with our staff. We'll do a blood test, ultrasound, and make sure you're eligible take the medication.
You'll meet with a Nurse Practitioner in person and connect with a doctor online. When you're ready to start the process, you'll take the first pill at the clinic.
You can use the second medication 6 to 48 hours after you've taken the first pill-- you decide what works for you. You can go about normal activities in the time between the two medications.

Next: Your Place

When you're ready, you'll insert the second medication into your vagina. You can expect to start bleeding within 1-4 hours.
Plan to take it easy for the next 24 hours. The abortion usually takes anywhere from 6 hours to 2 days to complete. It's best to have a supportive person with you for this step.
Bleeding and cramping is normal, though it can be uncomfortable. Cramping can go from feeling like a normal period to intense pain. We will talk with you about ways to manage pain or discomfort.

Last: Our Place

1 - 2 weeks after your abortion, you'll come back to a MFP clinic. We will make sure that the procedure is complete and that you're feeling well.
The final visit is quick but important. Very rarely (1 - 3% of the time), follow up is required. If that happens, we will need to get you proper medical care.
At this visit, we'll find a birth control method that works for you, or we can discuss planning for a healthy pregnancy.
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Still Have Questions?

Think you might be pregnant?

The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. We can provide pregnancy tests and options counseling at any Maine Family Planning clinic. Affordable, reliable pregnancy tests are also available from any drugstore. (By the way, if it’s been less than 5 days since you had unprotected sex, Emergency Contraception (EC) is still an option to prevent pregnancy!)

Why choose medication abortion?

Medication abortion is safe and effective; serious complications are extremely rare. Many people tell us that medication abortion feels more natural and private, as it is a self-directed process that happens at home or another safe space.

Why use telemedicine?

In Maine, the law requires a doctor to provide an abortion. Nurse Practitioners and other trained clinic staff are qualified to provide counseling, informed consent, labwork, and ultrasonography. This means that we can provide care in our local clinics and simply connect with a doctor over a secure internet connection.

What are the side effects?

Cramping and bleeding are normal and necessary to complete the abortion. The medications may cause some nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, back pain, dizziness, tiredness and/or hot flushes.

Where can I go for information?

Check out our abortion care page for more information, including additional support and resources.