Frequently Asked Questions
What are my pregnancy options?
Learn about your options so that you can choose what is best for you to lead a happy and healthy life.
Choosing to become a parent, giving birth and raising the child.
Choosing to give someone else the permanent legal responsibility to raise the child you birthed.
Choosing to end the pregnancy, with medicine or through an in-clinic procedure.
What is medication abortion?
Medication abortion, sometimes called the “abortion pill”, is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy.
In the United States, medication abortion consists of two different medicines: mifepristone and misoprostol.
How does medication abortion work?
Mifepristone is taken first. It is a medication that blocks the hormone called progesterone, which is needed for a pregnancy to grow.
Misoprostol is taken next. It is a medication that causes cramping, bleeding, and uterine contractions to push pregnancy tissue out. It is kind of like having a really heavy, crampy, period.
What is a virtual clinic?
A virtual clinic is a medical care clinic that exists solely online in which doctors and clinicians can provide care by telehealth.
Virtual clinics may also send patients medications by mail through a pharmacy or directly. Patients will typically need a phone or a device with internet access to receive care.
What does telehealth mean?
Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, is the use of telecommunication technologies to provide medical care or services when a patient and a doctor are not in the same place at the same time.
Telehealth can consist of:
Synchronous, or “live,” communication through phone or video chat
Sending and receiving messages from the medical care provider through secure chat messaging, e-mail, and/or file exchange
What are the benefits of a virtual clinic?
Although virtual clinics may not be as common as traditional brick-and-mortar clinics and seeing a clinician in-person, there are many benefits show why this type of care is desired:
Virtual clinics can address health issues wherever patients are, even from the comfort of their own home
Making an appointment with a virtual clinic can eliminate travel time and distance, commuting, taking time off from work, need for child care
Virtual clinics can also shorten waiting times and expand access to specialists who live further away