What is a Medical Termination of Pregnancy?

There are a variety of reasons why a termination of pregnancy might be required. A termination of pregnancy is also called abortion.

The following information is provided to help you understand more about the option of a medical termination.

If you need any emotional support or further advice about a medical termination, call our rooms, or make an appointment to see our women’s health GP.

What is a medical termination of pregnancy?

Medical termination of pregnancy is a procedure where medications are used to bring about termination of pregnancy. This procedure does not require surgery or anaesthesia. Choosing a medical termination allows you to avoid any surgical intervention. A medical termination needs to occur within the first nine weeks gestation of your pregnancy.

What to expect at a medical termination of pregnancy

The process begins by taking a tablet that blocks the hormone that allows pregnancy to continue.

About 24-48 hours afterwards you will have a second medication that results in the contents of the uterus to be expelled. This will feel like having a very heavy period.

You’re advised to have a large supply of menstrual pads in preparation for the procedure.

Preparing for a medical termination of pregnancy

Three appointments are required for the process:

1. The first appointment can be scheduled over the phone. Your doctor will explain the procedure. At this appointment your doctor will order an ultrasound and a variety of blood tests that you will complete prior to your second appointment.
2. The second appointment must be an in-person appointment, allow around 30 minutes for this appointment. During your appointment your doctor will explore the risks, alternatives and possible complications of the procedure. They will also take a full medical history, complete a physical exam and take a urine test. Your will be prescribed the medications required for the procedure at this visit.
3. The third appointment can be done over the phone and is a follow up appointment to ensure that process was effective .

Does this process hurt?

Most patients experience heavier cramping and period-like pains for up to two weeks. Symptoms of nausea, headache and fatigue may be expected.

Considerations for medical termination of pregnancy

It’s important to discuss the risks associated with the procedure. Your provider will need to have a comprehensive medical history to ensure this procedure is safe for you. It’s important to understand the side effects, risks, complications and alternatives.

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