Appointment Information

Make An Appointment

Please call 800-572-4223 to schedule your appointment for abortion, birth control, wellness care, or LGBTQ wellness services at our Renton, Seattle, and Tacoma clinics or for online telemedicine appointments.

Phones are answered Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 2 PM.

It is likely you can get an appointment day of or in the next few days. Have your calendar ready and plan to be on the phone for about 10 minutes.

If you are calling after hours, you may leave a confidential message and we will call you back.

At your appointment, you will be asked to fill out a Health History. If you would like, you can print and fill out the health history form ahead of time and bring to your appointment.

Before Your Appointment

Because everyone is unique and every situation differs, we will make every effort to customize your visit to fit your needs. For special accommodations, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-572-4223.

To prepare for your abortion appointment:

Additional Info

If you need a 2-day or 3-day procedure, you are required to stay overnight within 30 minutes of the clinic. Local hotels offer free shuttles to the Renton clinic and/or Sea-Tac airport. Ask about hotel arrangements when you call to make your appointment. If you are flying from outside Washington State, our Renton clinic is about 10 minutes from Sea-Tac airport.

Payment is required at your first appointment. If you are low-income, pregnant, and a Washington resident, you are likely to qualify for Medicaid  coverage. You can also apply by phone, call customer service at 855-923-4633Be sure to tell them if you want an abortion, then they will expedite your application. Click here for other Payment Options.

Teens in Washington State do not need parental consent and they can apply on their own. We encourage teens to seek support and talk with an adult they trust.

After Your Appointment

Call 800-572-4223 if you were seen at Cedar River Clinics and have questions regarding your procedure.

This is normal for up to 8 weeks. Use maxi pads so you can monitor your bleeding. No bleeding is also normal. Uterine Massage can decrease cramping. To perform uterine massage, use the heel of your hand and push inward firmly on your abdomen. Then rub the heel of your hand from your navel to your pubic hair line. The purpose of uterine massage is to stimulate your uterus to contract back to its pre-pregnant size. Massage may cause more bleeding as your body passes clots that it needs to pass for the cramping to stop. Please contact us if you experience severe cramps that are not relieved with medication. 

  • If you soak more than 1 maxi pad an hour for more than 2 hours or pass large clots, call the clinic immediately.
  • Avoid aspirin and alcohol. These substances may cause heavier bleeding.
  • Avoid heaving lifting or strenuous activity for 2 weeks.

You may experience breast engorgement or tenderness. If your breasts are painful or you have secretion, bind them tightly with a wide ace bandage. Ice packs may be used (for 10 minutes every half hour). Avoid stimulation such as hot water from a shower or touching or kissing. Pregnancy symptoms should subside within one week. 

Ovulation can occur at any time after an abortion. Use a birth control method of your choice to prevent future pregnancy. If you are starting a new birth control method such as – birth control pills, nuva ring -- use back-up methods (condoms, spermicides, not having intercourse) with the first cycle of pills. To learn more about birth control options, visit our our Birth Control Comparison Chart at

Your cervix may be open for 1-2 weeks. To reduce the risk of infection:

  • Take antibiotics as directed. Check your temperature daily for one week. Call the clinic immediately if your temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Do not put anything in your vagina for 1-2 weeks.
  • Do not use tampons until your next period (in 4-8 weeks).
  • Get some rest and drink fluids (water, juice).
  • Call us to schedule a follow-up exam in 3-4 weeks.

A wide range of feelings is normal including, relief, sadness, anger, or confusion. If you would like to talk with someone, call Cedar River Clinics, or you can call Exhale, a confidential national multi-lingual toll-free talk-line 866-439-4253. Visit to download the Abortion Resolution Workbook and access additional resources. You are not alone – one in four American women has an abortion in their lifetimes.

When you make important life decisions about an unplanned or unintended pregnancy, you deserve respect and access to quality health care. People across the country are demanding policies that increase access to a complete range of reproductive health care, including abortion. Vote. Take Action. Speak Out. Tell a story. Ask questions. End the silence. Say the word, "abortion" to reduce stigma.

If you would like to print or download this aftercare information, click here.

Sedation Information

You have several options for pain management during the abortion procedure. We will work with you on a plan that addresses your individual needs. Our goal is to ensure that you are comfortable and safe as possible before, during, and after your termination. Please note that sedation is required if you are over 12 weeks pregnant.

Anesthesia Options:

Local anesthesia consists of a medication administered into the cervix, which numbs the local area affected during procedure. It will not affect your memory of the procedure, but impact the local pain sensors. Patients who choose to receive only local anesthesia may drive home after the procedure.  

Sedation (anesthesia) is an option for either first or second trimester surgical procedures. Medication is administered orally and intravenously (IV) by either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Conscious Sedation Nurse. Most patients who choose to receive sedation feel very little discomfort or have no memory of the procedure. If you choose to have sedation, you will be required to have someone with you to drive you home.  

Find more information in Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation.

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