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Family Planning & Reproductive Health

Whether you need birth control or counseling for an unplanned pregnancy, our expert Family Planning Physicians provide comforting and caring support.

Your UNM Center for Reproductive Health team is experienced in basic and complex birth control, family planning, and abortion and miscarriage care. We also offer free pregnancy tests on a walk-in basis. With all the options available, it's important you have the information you need to choose what's best for you.

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Family Planning

Birth Control Options for Everyone

Birth control pricing varies by the method you use and your insurance. Talk to our staff to help you determine coverage.

Your Options:

  • Implant placement and removal
  • Intrauterine device (IUD) placement and removal
  • Injection (Depo shot)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Skin patch
  • Vaginal ring
  • Condoms
  • Tubal ligation | permanent birth control
  • Vasectomy | permanent birth control


Abortion Care

If you decide on abortion care, our staff is here to support you through the process. Our focus is on keeping you as comfortable, healthy and safe as possible. Although abortion complications are rare, you have 24/7 access to health-related abortion care at UNM Hospital.


We offer abortion care up to 23 weeks 6 days of gestation (time since your last menstrual period). For those under 11 weeks of gestation, you can choose a procedural abortion or a medication abortion. A medication abortion requires taking two medications to pass the pregnancy from your body. You will need to follow up in a week or two after the medication abortion.

A procedural abortion is offered for pregnancies up to 23 weeks 6 days of gestation. The procedure takes as little as 15 minutes, but the entire visit takes anywhere from four hours to all day due to your recovery from pain medication. If you choose to receive pain medications, please plan on a ride home with a person you know as we will not allow you to drive.

Call now to ask about the cost for abortion health services. Our staff can help you with financial issues, including insurance coverage, non-insurance payment options, and assistance funds. Our staff can also help you with resources for travel and lodging if you need.

Pregnancy Options Counseling

We understand that an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult. After performing an ultrasound to determine gestation, we will review your options: pregnancy termination (abortion), or continuing the pregnancy and choosing adoption or parenting. We will support you and give you the resources, care and education you need to make an informed decision.

For those without insurance, we offer one low price for pregnancy options counseling—this includes the ultrasound and appointment. Pregnancy tests are free at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health.

Miscarriage Care

Turn to UNM Center for Reproductive Health for compassionate, sensitive miscarriage care. Our team is experienced in counseling, diagnosing and treating people who have a pregnancy loss. We offer the three most common treatments for miscarriage:

  • Waiting to see if your body will pass the miscarriage on its own, with close follow-up care to see how you are doing
  • Giving you medication to help your body pass the miscarriage, with close follow-up care
  • Removing the miscarriage tissue

A wide range of emotions can follow a miscarriage, including grief and mourning. We will work closely with you to help you through this time and to help you choose the best option for your situation.


Vasectomy is permanent contraception for men.  If you are interested in learning more about Vasectomy, or if you have a Vasectomy appointment:

Early Pregnancy Complications

Our team of compassionate, experienced doctors will help you with early pregnancy complications. We diagnose and treat the following early pregnancy complications:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pregnancy of unknown location
  • Miscarriage
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Pregnancy viability

Frequently Asked Questions About the Appointment

  • How long is the appointment?
    • UNM Center for Reproductive Health is a procedure clinic and your appointment will take as long as you need.  Procedural pain medications take at least 4 hours and you must plan on a ride home with a person you know.  You cannot drive yourself home.  Most procedures require at least 4-5 hours.
  • What will happen at the appointment?
    • You will have an intake including labs, ultrasound if indicated, and a consult with the doctor.  You will discuss any procedures and have a birth control consult if you need.  If you choose medication for birth control, abortion, or pregnancy loss treatment you will be given your medications and instructions, and you will make a follow-up plan with the doctor.  If you choose in-clinic procedural birth control, abortion care, or miscarriage management you will also have the procedure (with sedation if you choose sedation), recover from the procedure, and review discharge and follow-up instructions.
  • How much will the visit cost? Is funding available?
    • Call now to ask about the cost of your care. Our staff can help you with financial issues, including insurance coverage, non-insurance payment options, and assistance funds. Our staff can also help you with resources for travel and lodging if you need. If you need financial assistance, funding for abortion care is available through the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline at 1-800-772-9100.  Assistance is also available through the National Network of Abortion Funds and Indigenous Women Rising.  If you reschedule your appointment, the price may change.

About Abortion Care at the University of New Mexico

We work hard to provide the best care for all of our patients in a way that respects you as a person. This guide should answer some common questions about abortion care.

Since no website or handout can tell you everything, we make time to talk through questions with each of our patients when we meet you at your visit. During your visit, you can expect us to answer all your questions.

Your visit will also involve:

  • Vital signs
  • Any lab testing you might need
  • Ultrasound
  • Consult with the doctor
  • Birth control consult if desired
  • Learning how to care for yourself after an abortion


  • If you choose medication abortion: taking medications, making a follow-up plan
  • If you choose in-clinic abortion: any pre-procedure preparation, sedation if desired, having the procedure, recovery, discharge, making follow-up plans if needed