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Abortion: What to do


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Step 1: Confirm the pregnancy 

The first thing to do is have some tests to confirm that you are pregnant.

These tests include:

Most people will need to see a GP to have their pregnancy confirmed.  

Step 2: Choose an abortion method 

If you are under 9 weeks (63 days) of pregnancy you may be able to choose between a medication or surgical abortion, depending on any other health issues you may have.

If you are over 9 weeks pregnant you will need to have a surgical abortion. 

Step 3: Find an abortion service 

We can help you find an abortion service. You can either speak to one of our phone workers who will give you a number of different options for services, or you can search for an abortion service on our website.

You can also speak to a GP about abortion services.

Most abortion services do not need a GP referral. 

You will need to contact the abortion service to make an appointment. They can tell you about any fees and charges.

If you are making an appointment to see a GP about having an abortion, let the reception staff know that you are wanting to discuss abortion options so they give you an appointment with a doctor who can help you (as not all GPs provide or are willing to discuss abortion).

Step 4: Planning your time 

You will usually need at least a couple of days to have the abortion, rest and recover.  

If you are having a medication abortion:

If you are having a surgical abortion:

Step 5: Follow up care 

Your doctor will talk to you about any follow-up care that you might need. This may include any contraception needs you may have.

You should be able to return to your normal activities within a couple of days of your abortion

If you are worried about anything you should contact the doctor/service who provided the abortion.  

If you are feeling distressed after your abortion you can speak to a pregnancy options counsellor. Some abortion services may provide their own post-abortion counselling services. You can also speak to your GP or us to help you find a counselling service.