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Abortion remains legal in GA, CT, NJ, and PA and immediate appointments are available with The Women’s Centers. Please call us for logistical, financial, and scheduling coordination, offered 7 days a week.
The cost of your abortion will depend on several factors including the type of abortion, the gestational age of your pregnancy, and any insurance coverage you may have. The Women’s Centers is committed to ensuring affordable and accessible abortion care for all. Our team of multilingual patient advocates provides caring and professional logistical, financial, and scheduling coordination 7 days a week.
You start with the first pill, mifepristone. Depending on what the clinician told you, you’ll place 4 misoprostol pills 6-48 hours later. The clinician might also have given you medications for nausea and pain. If you had a medication abortion: You should expect heavy bleeding, usually heavier than a period. If you are completely soaking four large maxi pads (like #4 in the picture below) in two hours, please call us. If you had an in-clinic abortion procedure: You can expect some bleeding, sometimes heavier than a period. If you have completely soaked through two large maxi pads (like #4 in the picture below) in an hour, please call us.

If you had a medication abortion
And you only have light or no bleeding 24 hours after taking misoprostol, please contact us. 

If you had an in-clinic abortion procedure
It is normal to have light to no bleeding following your abortion.
Any bleeding after an abortion between 4 days to 4 weeks is normal. Bleeding is different for everyone. Sometimes bleeding can stop and then start again. The best way to know if the abortion worked is if you no longer feel pregnant.
If you had a medication abortion: Cramping pain is normal as your uterus squeezes during a medication abortion. Feeling cramping means the medications are working as they should. Cramping pain is most intense as you pass the pregnancy, but it is normal to feel a little pain for a for a few days.
Here are some ways to manage pain:
  • Take ibuprofen (800mg) every 6-8 hours for pain. Do not use more than 3200mg in 24 hours.
  • Add Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 2 tablets (1000mg) every 6 hours. Do not use more than 4000mg in 24 hours.
  • Rest and relax.
  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Take a hot bath or hot shower.
  • Go on a gentle walk. Moving your body helps with the pain.
  • Massage your lower belly, legs, and lower back.
Call us if you have taken pain medication and your pain does not get better.

If you had an in-clinic abortion procedure:
Some cramping and pain is normal after an in-clinic abortion procedure.
Here are some ways to manage pain:
  • Take ibuprofen (800mg) every 6-8 hours for pain. Do not use more than 3200mg in 24 hours.
  • Add Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 2 tablets (1000mg) every 6 hours. Do not use more than 4000mg in 24 hours.
  • Rest and relax.
  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Take a hot bath or hot shower.
  • Go on a gentle walk. Moving your body helps with the pain.
  • Massage your lower belly, legs, and lower back.
Cramping can cause intense pain. Sometimes it is barely noticeable. Pain can come and go over hours to days.

If you had a medication abortion:
Misoprostol will make your uterus squeeze very hard. Cramping pain is a good sign that the medications are working as they should. You may feel the pain in your lower stomach, back, hips and even into your legs. This is all normal. Pain could last 2-6 hours but can last for a few days.
Here are some ways to manage pain:
  • Take ibuprofen (800mg) every 6-8 hours for pain. Do not use more than 3200mg in 24 hours.
  • Add Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 2 tablets (1000mg) every 6 hours. Do not use more than 4000mg in 24 hours.
  • Rest and relax.
  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Take a hot bath or hot shower.
  • Go on a gentle walk. Moving your body helps with the pain.
  • Massage your lower belly, legs, and lower back.
  • Contact us if you have taken pain medication and your pain does not get better.


If you had an in-clinic abortion procedure:
Some cramping and pain is normal after an in-clinic abortion procedure.
Here are some ways to manage pain:
  • Take ibuprofen (800mg) every 6-8 hours for pain. Do not use more than 3200mg in 24 hours.
  • Add Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 2 tablets (1000mg) every 6 hours. Do not use more than 4000mg in 24 hours.
  • Rest and relax.
  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Take a hot bath or hot shower.
  • Go on a gentle walk. Moving your body helps with the pain.
  • Massage your lower belly, legs, and lower back. 
  • Contact us if you have taken pain medication and your pain does not get better.
Misoprostol is absorbed 30 minutes after it’s placed, and it is ok if the pills do not completely dissolve. Because misoprostol can cause nausea, we recommend taking medication to prevent nausea. You should take medication for nausea before misoprostol and as needed.
If you vomited less than 30 minutes after placing the misoprostol, please contact us.
Misoprostol can cause nausea, so we recommend taking the prescription given to you by your provider or get Dramamine from the pharmacy. Take this 30 minutes before taking the misoprostol and up to every 6 hours if needed. For diarrhea, you can get Loperamide (Imodium) from the pharmacy. We recommend taking small sips of fluids instead of big gulps to stay hydrated. Please contact us if you cannot keep fluids down or have serious dizziness.
Nausea is also a symptom of pregnancy and should go away very soon after the abortion. Please contact us if your nausea is not gone 48 hours after you finish the misoprostol.
You can eat and drink anything you want during a medication abortion. We recommend drinking lots of fluids and eating comforting foods.
Alcohol might make you feel worse and make it harder for your body to manage pain, but it will not affect the abortion.
Marijuana/THC/cannabis will also not affect the abortion.
It is important that you do not take a pregnancy test for at least 4 weeks because the test might still be positive up to 6 weeks after an abortion. The best way to know if the abortion worked is if you do not feel pregnant anymore.
  • If you still feel pregnant 1 week after your abortion, do not take a pregnancy test, please contact us.
  • If you have a positive pregnancy test 4 weeks after your abortion, please contact us.
You could have a period any time between 2-8 weeks after your abortion. Often your first period after an abortion will be heavier than usual. Your periods may be irregular at first following an abortion. Please contact us if you have not gotten your period after 6 weeks.
Whenever you feel ready.
Yes, you can get pregnant even before your next period.
You can start birth control within a week of your abortion. At the time of your procedure, we will discuss birth control options. You may need to schedule a separate appointment if you are interested in an IUD or Nexplanon. Please call us if you have questions about birth control.
You can resume normal activities after an abortion. Listen to your body if you think you need more rest. Do what feels comfortable for you. 
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