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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.