What to expect at your appointment

Whether you’ve already scheduled your visit, or you’re curious about what to expect at an abortion appointment at Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York, we’ve compiled the most important information you’ll need.

For any other questions, one of our health care professionals would be happy to assist at 1-866-600-6886.


How can I prepare for my abortion appointment?

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Your appointment

Once you arrive, you will ring the doorbell to be let in by a front desk staff member. They will ask you a few quick questions and ask that you provide your photo ID and insurance. If you do not have insurance, we will work with you to help cover the cost of your abortion. Learn more about paying for your abortion here

Next, you’ll take a seat in our waiting room until a health care staff member comes to get you.

We’ll bring you back to an exam room, where we’ll determine the goals of your visit, answer any questions you have, and go over your medical history. We may run some lab tests and ultrasound services if needed.

You may receive a medication abortion or an in-clinic abortion depending on a few factors, including how far along you are in your pregnancy. You can learn more about these procedures here.

Here’s what you’ll need


What else do I need to know about my abortion appointment?

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Your appointment can last 4-6 hours for an in-clinic abortion and 2-3 hours for medication abortion. You can learn more about your abortion options here.

  • Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, you’ll receive an email with a link for an online pre-check. To make your appointment as efficient as possible, we recommend filling this out before you arrive at your appointment.
  • Please arrive well-rested and well-hydrated, and be sure to eat beforehand to make your appointment as comfortable as possible.
  • Please avoid any alcohol or drugs that may impair your judgment.
  • Please arrange childcare for the day of your appointment, as children are not permitted in the health center.
  • For any questions regarding what to expect at your appointment, visit our FAQ page, or speak to one of our Abortion Navigators, by calling 1-866-600-6886.
  • If you’re traveling from out of state, familiarize yourself with your state’s laws. You can schedule your appointment the same way as New York patients, by visiting our website.