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Women's Options Center

The UCSF Women's Options Center provides abortion care and family planning services in a private, comfortable and sensitive environment. We provide care for women seeking elective abortion, treatment for miscarriage or fetal death, and pregnancy termination due to health problems of the fetus or mother.

Services include:

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We are dedicated to protecting your privacy. Your personal, medical and billing information will not be shared with anyone — including your family and referring doctor — without your signed consent. All UCSF doctors, nurses, other staff, students, trainees and volunteers abide by strict federal and state privacy and security regulations.

Our center is an integrated service of the UCSF Women's Health Center and our patients are not separately identified.

Our Services

Elective Abortion

Before making an appointment for an elective abortion, please confirm your pregnancy with an over-the-counter home pregnancy test, which you can buy at a pharmacy or supermarket. If you need help making decisions regarding your pregnancy, the following resources may be able to help.

Miscarriage

A miscarriage can be a very difficult and sad experience. We provide several treatment options and support services, depending on your circumstance:

  • Treatment or close monitoring of an incomplete miscarriage
  • Medical management or medication to help complete a miscarriage
  • First trimester uterine aspiration

Fetal Abnormalities or Maternal Health

Terminating a pregnancy due to fetal abnormalities or maternal health conditions can be extremely difficult. We provide the following services in a supportive environment:

  • First trimester uterine aspiration
  • Second trimester surgical abortion

Experts at the UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic Center specialize in high-risk pregnancy and fetal anomalies. For genetic counseling and testing, please contact the center.

Contraception

We can help you find the most appropriate contraceptive method, based on your health and family planning wishes. We provide:

  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms and cervical caps
  • Emergency contraception
  • Intrauterine contraception or IUC, also referred to as IUD, including the non-hormonal ParaGard and Mirena that releases the hormone progestin
  • Natural family planning
  • Prescriptions for oral contraceptives including combined hormonal and progestin-only, birth control patch and a contraceptive vaginal ring called Nuva Ring
  • Progestin injection called Depo-Provera
  • Subdermal progestin implant called Implanon

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC) is safe and effective in preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex or when birth control fails. EC pills temporarily stop the release of an egg from a woman's ovary and may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. Ideally, EC should be taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, though it is still effective within 72 hours of intercourse. The sooner the pills are taken, the more effective. EC is not effective if you're already pregnant.

EC is available without a prescription at pharmacies, unless you're under 18 years old. If you need a prescription, call the Women's Options Center.

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Depending on your health insurance, you may need a referral from a primary care doctor.

Getting Here

Women's Options Center
2356 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94143-1648
Phone: (415) 353-7003
Fax: (415) 353-9605

Hours:
First trimester: Wednesday to Thursday, hours variable

Second trimester: Tuesday mornings and Wednesday, hours variable

What to Bring

  • Two forms of identification, including a photo ID
  • Insurance card

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Research and Clinical Trials

Appointments

Appointments for first trimester procedures are available at the UCSF Women's Options Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Appointments for second trimester procedures are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.

To make an appointment, please call (415) 353-7003 and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Contact information
  • Health insurance information

Our phone hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

If you would like, you may complete the new patient form and email it to woc@obgyn.ucsf.edu or fax it to (415) 353-9605.

Referrals from doctors are welcome.

Reception Area and Check-In

The UCSF Women's Options Center is an integrated service of the Women's Health Center. Women are not identified in the reception area as patients of the Women's Options Center, and there are no signs identifying our clinic to ensure the privacy and safety of our patients and staff. If you choose to bring a friend or family member with you, he or she may accompany you during parts of your visit. To comply with UCSF confidentiality guidelines, we will first meet with you alone in an exam room.

When you check in for your appointment, we will ask for a photo ID and insurance card, if you have one, collect your co-payment or deposit if applicable and ask you to complete some forms, including a medical history. Please note that we do not accept personal checks. We accept cash, preferably exact amount, and credit cards including American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Health Insurance

The UCSF Women's Options Center accepts most insurance plans. We will verify your eligibility and coverage. We encourage you to call your health insurance plan also, to confirm your eligibility, benefits and co-payment and deductible requirements. Depending on your plan, you may be responsible for a co-payment or deposit towards your deductible.

If you don't have insurance and you're a California resident, you may qualify for free coverage, if you qualify as low income. This free insurance is called "Pregnancy-related Medi-Cal" or "Emergency Medi-Cal," which covers services related to pregnancy. If you're a resident of San Francisco County, please call (415) 863-9892 for more information about Emergency Medi-Cal. If you reside outside of San Francisco County, please contact your local Medi-Cal office to apply for this type of coverage.

Some insurance companies have confidential billing for pregnancy termination procedures. If you're using health insurance to pay for your procedure and you have concerns about confidentiality, please contact your insurance company about its policies.

Self-Pay

Most insurance plans cover treatment of miscarriage if you have obstetric benefits. If your insurance doesn't cover elective abortion or treatment for miscarriage, or if you don't want to use your insurance for confidentiality reasons or due to a high deductible, we offer a discounted self-pay rate for cash or credit card payment.

There is no discounted self-pay rate for second trimester surgical abortions performed at 16 to 24 weeks, but we can refer you to providers or clinics that offer those services. We accept insurance, pending verification of coverage and benefits, for second trimester procedures performed in our operating room.

Discounted Self-pay Rate

  • Medical Abortion, up to 10 weeks — $725
  • Uterine Aspiration
    • First Trimester, up to 11 weeks — $725
    • First Trimester, 12 to 14 weeks, or use of misoprostol, in some circumstances — $825
    • Second Trimester (procedure in the clinic), 14 weeks and one day to 16 weeks in some circumstances — $1000

Rates are subject to change.

Payment is due in full at time of check-in with cash or credit card, no personal checks.

The fee includes the cost of the procedure, most laboratory blood tests, ultrasound, exam, some medications and contraception counseling. Patients requiring tissue pathology tests or MICRhoGAM or RhoGAM for Rh negative blood will be responsible for separate fees. There may be additional costs for prescribed medications purchased before or after the office visit.

Please note that self-pay payments cannot be applied to insurance deductibles or HSAs/HRAs.

Please call for more details and for more information on rates for other services.

Information for Teenagers

Teenagers, age 12 to 18, have the legal right to consent to their own care with confidentiality related to specific issues, including pregnancy and family planning. Laws protecting teen confidentiality were written to encourage young people to get the health care they need. Though we encourage teens to involve an adult in their decisions, the UCSF Women's Options Center supports and respects those laws and will not share your personal information without your signed consent.

Other Resources

UCSF Medical Center

Abortion

Counseling

  • Exhale (after-abortion counseling talkline)
  • Backline
  • California Youth Crisis Line — (800) 843-5200 (medical care, counseling and shelter)

Decision Making Resources

Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage

Termination for Anomalies

Other Women's Health Resources