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 care for women seeking elective abortion, treatment for miscarriage or fetal death, and pregnancy termination due to health problems of the fetus or mother.
- First trimester uterine aspiration for elective abortion, miscarriage or termination due to fetal abnormalities
- First trimester medical abortion or medication management of miscarriage
- Second trimester surgical abortion for elective abortion, fetal death or fetal anomalies, and maternal health conditions
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.
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 helpful.
A miscarriage can be a very difficult and sad experience. We provide several treatment options and support services, depending on your circumstances:
- Treatment or close monitoring of an incomplete miscarriage
- Medical management or medication to help complete a miscarriage
- First trimester uterine aspiration
Abortion for Fetal Abnormalities or Maternal Health
Terminating a pregnancy due to fetal abnormalities or maternal health conditions can be an extremely difficult choice. We provide the following services in a supportive environment:
Experts at the UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic Center specialize in high-risk pregnancy and fetal abnormalities. For genetic counseling and testing, please contact the center.
We can help you find the most appropriate contraceptive method, based on your health and family planning wishes. We provide:
- Diaphragms and cervical caps
- Emergency contraception
- Intrauterine contraception (also referred to as intrauterine devices or IUDs), including Paragard, which doesn’t use hormones, and Mirena, which releases the hormone progestin
- Natural family planning
- Prescriptions for oral contraceptives, including progestin-only and combined hormonal pills, birth control patches and the vaginal insert called NuvaRing
- Depo-Provera, a progestin injection usually given every 12 weeks
- Implanon, a progestin implant placed under the skin of the upper arm
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 the 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 if taken within 72 hours. The sooner EC is taken, the more effective it is. 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.
FAQ: Post-Abortion Care and Recovery
Commonly asked questions regarding post-abortion care and recovery including, cramping/bleeding, possible complications, avoiding infection and more.
Medical Versus Surgical Abortion
Are you considering a medical versus surgical abortion? Find information here on suction curettage and medical abortions to help in making your decision.
Case Management and Social Work
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
Women's Health Resource Center
Access a range of UCSF women's health resources, such as classes, support groups, a lending library and services focused on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
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English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
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Gynecologic Surgery & Urogynecology at Mission Bay – Owens St.
1500 Owens St., Suite 380
San Francisco, CA 94158
Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mount Zion
2356 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Perinatal Specialties at Mission Bay – Fourth Street
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158