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What does an abortion cost in Virginia?

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, many thoughts may run through your mind. If you are considering abortion one of the first things you may think is “how much does an abortion cost?” This question does not have a simple or one size fits all answer.

The Financial Cost Of Abortion

There are many factors that go into the cost of an abortion. First you need to look at which type of abortion you’re talking about. While the type of abortion dictates the cost for the most part, many things factor into the overall cost. These factors are things such as where you live and how far along you are in your pregnancy. When you make your appointment to verify your pregnancy at our centers, we will help you identify how far along you are and then show you what your options are.

Your income can also play a factor in how much an abortion could cost you and what/if any financial support that could be available to you. Many insurance companies will not cover any cost associated with abortion whether pills or surgical procedures. While most do not, there are some insurance providers who offer some assistance with the abortion pill or procedure but do not cover the expenses fully.

What are the different kinds of abortion?

The “Abortion Pill” is multiple pills that combine three different chemicals (methotrexate, misoprostol, and mifepristone (RU-486)), to complete the abortion. The abortion pill starts around $460 in Virginia; but many clinics will charge fees for office visits, follow up visits and medication to lessen the symptoms of the abortion pills. The abortion pill can also vary in cost depending on how far along you, though the pill is only for women who are earlier on in their pregnancy.

What about those women who are too far along for the abortion pill?

The alternative option is a surgical abortion. How much do those cost? Well, like with the pill, that depends on a few different things. The term surgical abortion is an umbrella term, like how the abortion pill is multiple pills, there are multiple types of surgical abortions. The laws vary in state to state as well in terms of how far along in your pregnancy you can receive a surgical abortion. The most common type of surgical abortion is called vacuum aspiration or suction; these are normally performed when you are between 14 and 16 weeks in your pregnancy.

The second type of surgical abortion is less common and is called dilation and evacuation. This is only performed on women later in their pregnancy, after you are 16 weeks. These procedures can be expensive and cost anywhere from around $500 dollars to over a few thousand dollars depending on your location and your situation. Few financial aid options exist and not many qualify. If your insurance does not cover the procedure, the cost is usually due in full at the time of the procedure.

While the monetary aspect of abortion is a big deal, there are other factors to consider as well such as the physical and emotional costs of abortion.

Physical Costs

Many women facing an unplanned pregnancy often forget or ignore what the physical cost of having an abortion may be. The physical pain from an abortion can range about as wise as the cost of one. While some women report only feeling heavy cramping, similar to that of severe period cramps, others report the procedure itself and the recovery to range from being uncomfortable to extremely painful. Some women have even reported pain severe enough to warrant a hospital visit. The pain you may experience due to an abortion also can vary depending on factors such as the type of abortion you received and how far along in your pregnancy you are.

After an in-clinic abortion, women will usually be prescribed antibiotics and given information on what to expect following the procedure and through the recovery. Most women will experience spotting or heavier bleeding ranging anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, it is recommended that you speak with a doctor immediately. It is also advised to contact your doctor if you have excessive bleeding and serious cramping or discomfort. This is especially important if symptoms are not alleviated by pain medication. If you experience these symptoms or others that are abnormal or painful, they could be signs of serious complications.

If you want to learn more about physical costs and symptoms of abortion, contact us for an appointment.

Emotional Costs

Women have experienced a range of emotions post their abortion, from relief to regret. No matter where women are on that spectrum, we provide post abortion support for them if they desire it. We have had patients come see us 20 days and even 20 years after their abortion.

The following is a list of potential side effects women reported after having an abortion. (From the American Pregnancy Association,) :

  • Regret
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Loneliness of feelings of isolation
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Nightmares, trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Relationship troubles
  • Trouble eating or eating disorders
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

Making sure you are able to devote the time to look at all the resources available to you can be hard, especially when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our staff at Thrive® Women’s Healthcare are here to help educate you on resources that are available. It is important to really understand the types of abortion and how they will affect you monetarily, physically and emotionally. Looking into your states laws and how they could impact you and your decision will also help you feel more informed. But the most important thing to remember, is you do not have to make this decision alone.

ThriVe® is here to help you understand all of your options. We want to help you and equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to make a well informed and well thought decision. We do not require insurance and we also offer our services free of charge. Contact us to set up an appointment or to learn more.