If you are considering not continuing with your pregnancy you are not alone. Around half of pregnancies are unplanned and one in five women will opt to have a termination.
To discuss your options you can attend any of our sexual health clincs. Referral for a termination needs to be via your GP or by attending one of our sexual health clinics (link to clinics).
On your first visit you will have the opportunity to talk things through and receive further support or counselling if you need it.
Your medical history will be taken. You will then receive an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and then given information about the methods of termination suitable for your stage of pregnancy. You will then be asked to sign a form consenting to the termination.
A second appointment will be made for you and you can change your mind at any point before this.
Options to end your pregnancy
A medical termination – this involves taking two pills. The first blocks the hormone progesterone and breaks down the lining of the uterus. The second causes the uterus to contract and causes bleeding which will end the pregnancy similar to a miscarriage.
A surgical termination – this involves a minor operation which removes the pregnancy through gentle suction. You can have this done with local anaesthetic up to 12 weeks and up to 18 weeks under sedation or general anaesthetic.
Dilation and evacuation is carried out between the 15th and 24th week of your pregnancy and involves removing the pregnancy with narrow forceps under general anaesthetic.
If you are considering a termination, please contact us to discuss your options.
Following your termination
It is unlikely that you will experience any problems after a termination. Antibiotics are generally given to reduce your risk of infection.
You may feel a wide range of emotions after a termination from sadness to relief. Some women may experience longer-term emotional problems following a termination. If you are struggling or need support, it is important to talk to someone and ask for help.