Abortion Care

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HealthQ specializes in delivering abortion care in an environment that is safe, supportive, and inclusive. We offer medication abortions, an abortion you have at “home”, via in office or telehealth appointments, and in-clinic abortion procedures.

Your Body, Your Choice

If you’re in the Massachusetts area and considering an abortion, Lawrence, Haverhill, and Beverly have a safe location, as well as telehealth appointments available to help you get the care you want.

Abortion on your own terms

If you’re considering abortion, there are a few things you should know.

First, during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy you have two options for how you can experience abortion. You can choose to have an Abortion Procedure In-Clinic, or a Medication Abortion At-“Home”. HealthQ offers both of these safe and effective methods, and we’re happy to help you determine the best option for you. Some people prefer an in-clinic abortion procedure because the abortion is over by the time they leave our medical office. Others prefer a medication abortion because the abortion experience takes place in the privacy of their own space, and they can be supported by a friend or family member during the process.

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Second, there are many resources to help people pay for abortions, especially here in MA with many insurance plans that include abortion coverage. The cost of an abortion can vary depending on a few factors including but not limited to how far along you are in your pregnancy, where you have your abortion, if you are awake or sedated for an abortion procedure, etc. At HealthQ, the discounted fee for self-pay clients is $650 for both procedure abortions and medication abortions. There are no hidden fees. We charge the same for both types so that your choice is based on your preferred experience, not cost.

Third, you have options about how you can experience an in-clinic abortion. Would you like to be awake or asleep for the procedure? Would you like to have a support person with you at your appointment? Would you like to be able to start a contraceptive (birth control) method the day of your abortion? At HealthQ, we offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to help you relax during an abortion procedure. You can choose to use this or not. Nitrous oxide wears off immediately after the procedure, and you will be able to drive yourself home if you drive to your appointment alone. Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. HealthQ also allows you to bring a partner, friend, or family member to your appointment for company and support. They can be with you up until the time of the procedure and wait for you until you are ready to leave. If you’d like, you can also choose to have an IUD inserted or another method of birth control started/prescribed during your visit.

Enter the first day of your last period to see your options

Enter the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) to see whether your options include at-home medication abortion, in-clinic abortion procedure, or both. HealthQ currently offers in-clinic abortion procedures until 14 weeks of pregnancy. If you are more than 14 weeks pregnant, we encourage you to visit abortioncaremass.org/providers to learn of other options in the New England region. Please note that this calculator is for informational use only. The best way to accurately date your pregnancy is by seeing a trained medical provider.

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Minors and Parental Consent—The Lowdown

Massachusetts law requires minors ages 15 and younger to have consent (permission) to get an abortion. Consent can come from a parent, legal guardian, or judge.

From experience we know that many young people talk with their parents/guardians or other trusted adults in their lives about unexpected pregnancies and that they get support as they make decisions about how to move forward.

If parental/guardian consent is not an option, minors can apply for a judicial bypass. A judicial bypass is when a judge gives an order allowing a minor who meets certain criteria to have an abortion without having to tell anyone other than the judge. The judicial bypass process is completely free, confidential, and we’re happy to help walk you through the process.

Thanks to the incredible hard work of activists and politicians, minors ages 16 and 17 do not need consent for an abortion, with the passage of the ROE ACT passed on December 29, 2020.

PREGNANCY TESTING AND DATING

We offer a simple, fast, and effective urine pregnancy test with results in as little as five minutes. If you’d like to know how far along you are in a pregnancy, we can do a dating ultrasound to confirm how many weeks pregnant you are and your expected due date. Depending on the approximate duration of your pregnancy, we will recommend an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound. Both take 5-10 minutes and you will feel minimal discomfort, if any. If you’re not sure how you feel or what to do next, please call us for open-minded and judgment-free counseling on all your options.

Compare Abortion Options

Medication Abortion Vs. Abortion Procedure

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

Being at “home” for the abortion process. You can choose to have someone with you, or you can be alone. You won’t have shots, anesthesia, or instruments in your body. Some people say it feels more natural, like having a miscarriage. You can have your appointment for a medication abortion either in a clinic or via telehealth.

Abortion Procedure

Done in a medical office the procedure is over in a few minutes. It works 99% of the time and you know you are not pregnant when you leave the office. You see less bleeding than you would with a medication abortion. Medical staff members are with you during the abortion. It can be done later in a pregnancy than a medication abortion.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

It takes 1-2 days to complete the abortion. Bleeding can be very heavy and may last longer than with an in-clinic abortion procedure. Cramps can be severe and may last longer than with an in-clinic abortion procedure. It cannot be done as late in pregnancy as an in-clinic abortion procedure. It cannot end a tubal or ectopic pregnancy. You’ll need to confirm that you are no longer pregnant when it is over.

Abortion Procedure

You have less control over the abortion procedure. You are not able to choose who is with you. Cramps can be severe. It cannot end a tubal or ectopic pregnancy.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

You may have mild to very strong cramps off and on during the abortion. Over-the-counter pain relievers help.

Abortion Procedure

You are likely to have mild to very strong cramps during the abortion procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers, and in our office, nitrous oxide, if you’d like to use it will help. Our clinic team will comfort and support you during the procedure.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

Up to 11 weeks from the first day of your last period.

Abortion Procedure

Up to 14 weeks from the first day of your last period.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

Expect heavy bleeding with clots during the abortion process. After that, lighter bleeding may continue off and on for a few weeks.

Abortion Procedure

You may have light bleeding for 1-7 days. Bleeding may continue off and on for a few weeks.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

If you are paying “out-of-pocket”, without insurance, the cost is $650 for both types of abortion. We want you to choose the abortion that will work best for you without cost being a factor.

If you have insurance, please ask us about cost. Most insurances in Massachusetts cover abortion services.

Abortion Procedure

If you are paying “out-of-pocket”, without insurance, the cost is $650 for both types of abortion. We want you to choose the abortion that will work best for you without cost being a factor.

If you have insurance, please ask us about cost. Most insurances in Massachusetts cover abortion services.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

The pills work 92-99% of the time. If the pills fail, you may try the pills again or will need to have an abortion procedure.

Abortion Procedure

A procedure works 99% of the time. If it fails, you must have a repeat abortion procedure. You will know before you leave that you are no longer pregnant or need additional care.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

Yes. Neither type of abortion lowers your chances of getting pregnant or staying pregnant in the future.

Abortion Procedure

Yes. Neither type of abortion lowers your chances of getting pregnant or staying pregnant in the future.

MEDICATION ABORTION (“ABORTION PILL”)

Both pills are safe. Big problems are rare. Abortion is at least 10 times safer than continuing a pregnancy.

Abortion Procedure

The in-clinic abortion procedure is safe. Abortion in the first 14 weeks leads to very few problems. Abortion is at least 10 times safer than continuing a pregnancy.

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