Below are some of the questions we hear most often in our clinics.
We are currently only accepting appointments for abortions by phone. Due to abortion bans across the region, our call volume is significantly higher than normal. You will need to call frequently in order to get through.
There are several other clinics in Kansas that provide abortions. You may find their contact info and more at ineedana.com. For information about using abortion funds to cover some or all of the cost of your procedure, please visit abortionfunds.org.
If you're looking for abortion care or need additional information:
There are two types of abortion procedures, a medication abortion and a procedural abortion.
If your gestation Is under 11 weeks, you qualify for a medical abortion. This process includes two pills called Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
This is a two-day process, that can be done at home, where the first pill Mifepristone is administered orally and halts the production of hormones stopping the pregnancy. After 24-48 hours, the second pill Misoprostol is
administered orally or vaginally and evacuates the uterine walls and contents causing heavy bleeding that is completed within a 6hr window.
This process can be used at any point in your gestation. The procedure will take around 3-4 hours if you are under 14 weeks (about 3 months) and be completed in one day. If you are past 14 weeks gestation, you may require a two-day appointment in order to be dilated 24 hours in advance.
The procedure will start like that of a pap smear, after inserting the speculum, and adding the numbing cream to the cervix, the doctor will gradually begin dilating the cervix to place a tube. Once this has been completed, the Vacuum Aspiration will be inserted into the tube, and a light suction will begin to empty the uterus. After the procedure, you will experience light bleeding for 2-3 weeks.
Learn more about the abortion services we offer >>
A self-managed abortion is a medication abortion, usually administered in the privacy of one's home. The medication is primarily accessed by mail, and is a common method of accessing abortion care, especially for people who live in states where abortions are now illegal.
Research has shown that self-administering abortions with medication abortion pills can be safe and effective. For more information, please visit this helpful FAQ from Plan C.
Out-of-pocket medication abortions are priced at $750. Out-of-pocket procedural abortions cost $750-1600. Out-of-pocket two-day procedural abortions cost $1800- $2400.
Insurance plans and coverage vary and could cover all or part of your visit. Contact our clinic or your insurance provider for help figuring out how much you’ll need to pay. Payments will be due in full on the day of your appointment.
If you need help paying for your abortion, please contact our office to discuss the funding options available. Please visit abortionfunds.org to find information on state-based and national abortion funds that may be able to fund part or all your procedure.
Our initial appointments for gender-affirming care start around $250, however, insurance plans and coverage vary and could cover all or part of your visit. Contact our clinic or your insurance provider for help figuring out how much you’ll need to pay. Payments will be due in full on the day of your appointment.
We now offer an income-based sliding scale for gender-affirming care. Please call ahead to ensure that you are providing the right documents.
Puberty blockers stop the body from producing sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. There are no irreversible effects of puberty blockers, once stopped the body will resume puberty as normal.
Gender dysphoria is a sense of distress that comes from a conflict between one's expressed gender and one's societally assigned gender. Gender has more to do with social behaviors, norms and roles, rather than biological sex that is determined at birth.
Your gender identity is only defined by you and how you sense it within yourself.
Hormone replacement therapy typically involves a medication regimen of at least 18-24 months, depending on the desired outcome, but some people may elect to take hormones for a longer time period or indefinitely. This is especially true for those people who wish to develop and maintain characteristics of their desired sex presentation.
It's important to speak with your doctor about your unique situation and desired outcomes, as you collaborate on a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Buprenorphine is a common partial mixed opioid agonist medication used to treat people with opioid use disorder, who are actively using opioids, fentanyl, and heroin. "Low-barrier" just means that our clinic doesn't require counseling, sobriety or other prerequisites to accessing care. If you're ready to begin treatment, we are ready to see you just as you are.
Medication assisted treatment, or MAT, works in part by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain which can help to prevent or diminish withdrawal symptoms. This is preferable to the stress of withdrawal, or going "cold turkey", because it allows the patient to continue their daily life without many of the complications of experiencing the physical or emotional distress of withdrawal.
We offer a wide range of harm reduction services for people who use drugs. Learn more about them here>>
If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms, medication assisted treatment may be able to help alleviate some or all of the more pronounced effects of withdrawal. Please reach out to your primary care physician, or our Oklahoma City clinic to find out how MAT may be the right treatment plan for you.
Short-acting opioids typically have an onset of withdrawal symptoms 8 to 24 hours after last use, and may last 4 to 10 days. Long-acting opioids may take 12-48 hours after last use to present withdrawal symptoms which can last 10 to 20 days.
Our clinicians can answer your questions about medication assisted treatment. Learn more here>>
Chronic pain can have a debilitating effect on one's daily life, yet for many people, common pain management options like prescription opioids can be inappropriate for many reasons: history with substance use disorder, intolerance to the particular medication, or incompatibility with one's daily life.
Discuss your current pain levels with your doctor and collaborate to create a plan for pain management. There are several methods for managing chronic pain that may work for your particular situation.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, and is the virus that causes HIV infection.
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
HIV attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells (CD4 T lymphocyte) of the immune system. The loss of CD4 cells makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections, illnesses, and certain cancers. Without treatment, HIV can gradually destroy the immune system, causing health decline and the onset of AIDS. With treatment, the immune system can recover.
It is possible to carry HIV without being aware of it.
HIV is transmitted through the sharing of certain bodily fluids, including blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breastmilk. Symptoms of HIV typically appear 2 to 4 weeks after infection, and present as flu-like symptoms that last for several days or weeks.
According to the National Institute of Health, without treatment, HIV transmission is possible at any stage of HIV infection, even if a person with HIV isn't presenting symptoms.
Hormonal birth control includes methods like IUDs, birth control patches, rings or injections, or daily pills.
Non-hormonal birth control includes condoms, diaphragms, tubal ligation and vasectomies.
Each method may be used in combination or separately. Speaking with your doctor can help you identify which method is best for your current situation.
Sexually active people with multiple or anonymous partners should have STI testing every 3-6 months. STI testing includes syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Early detection and treatment can help prevent additional health problems, and the spread of harmful STIs to the wider community.
Your generous contributions to Trust Women not only provide direct support to our two clinics, but also supports our grassroots mobilizing and organizing, lobbying efforts and proactive litigation to expand and protect access to abortions, gender affirming care and community healthcare.
Through the robust support of people like you, we have been able to grow our abortion practice to accommodate nearly three times as many patients as we saw prior to the Dobbs decision in 2022 (you know, the one that overturned Roe v Wade). You have also helped us to maintain our Oklahoma City clinic as we have transitioned from abortion care to community healthcare. Thank you!
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Anti-abortion extremists are using every tool in their toolbox to block access to critical healthcare, but we know that more people agree with us that abortions, gender-affirming care and community health should be locally available and accessible to all people.
When you get involved with the struggle for reproductive rights and justice, you'll find plenty of opportunities for connection and collaboration. We work in our local communities to build support for our cause through voter registration, ballot measures, legislative engagement and lobbying and community organizing with other like-minded organizations.
Reproductive Justice was first described as a movement in 1994. According to the organization Sister Song:
Indigenous women, women of color, and trans* people have always fought for Reproductive Justice, but the term was invented in 1994. Right before attending the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, where the entire world agreed that the individual right to plan your own family must be central to global development, a group of black women gathered in Chicago in June of 1994. They recognized that the women’s rights movement, led by and representing middle class and wealthy white women, could not defend the needs of women of color and other marginalized women and trans* people. We needed to lead our own national movement to uplift the needs of the most marginalized women, families, and communities.
You can read the latest statement on Reproductive Justice here: Visioning New Futures for Reproductive Justice Declaration 2023
As we work to be better inclusive of all people, genders and life circumstances, we recognize that not all people who can become pregnant identify as women. Many people who need abortions are gender expansive, and don't identify within a gender binary, therefore we use language that can more adequately reflect the wide range of experiences and identities of our patients and communities.
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Please remember that we are not accepting appointments through email, and if you are a current patient with a medical question about your procedure, the best way to reach our clinic is through the contact info provided to you at the time of your appointment.