Sometimes it is overwhelming to find out that you are pregnant. Maybe you feel shocked and upset, even scared. This is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Before you make your final decision, you owe it to yourself to get as much information as possible.
Before you Decide
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion, schedule an appointment at Stillwaters. Our client advocates are dedicated to helping you understand the different abortion procedures available to you at this point in your pregnancy. All services are free and confidential.
- Do you know for sure you are pregnant?
- Do you know how many weeks you are?
- Have you had an abortion before?
- What are the risks?
- How much do you know about the abortion procedure?
- What type of abortion would I need?
Early Medical Abortion (Up to 9 weeks)
An Early Medical abortion involves taking two drugs called mifepristone and prostaglandin 48 hours apart. These cause the womb to ontract and shed its lining so that the embryo is lost through the vagina. This can be painful and some women feel sick or have vomiting and diarrhoea.
Late Medical Abortion (From 9-20 weeks)
The medication will be given, but the abortion will take longer and may also involve an additional drug given orally or by injection to induce contractions. Pain is often experienced but pain relief is available. Most women will be able to return home on the same day, but sometimes an overnight stay in hospital may be required.
Early Surgical Abortion (Up to 13-14 weeks)
This may be performed under local or general anaesthetic. A sterile tube is introduced into the uterus through the cervix. Suction is applied through the tube and the pregnancy terminated. Most women leave hospital on the same day.
Late Surgical Abortion (After 14 weeks)
Termination of the pregnancy may be done by ‘dilation and evacuation’ (D&E) where the neck o f the womb is stretched open to allow forceps to remove the foetus or after 20 weeks by induced labour and delivery which requires stopping the heart of the foetus and softening the neck of the womb followed the next day by surgical evacuation.
We do not perform or give referral for termination.