COVID-19 abortion care advice
We are trying to maintain a pregnancy advisory service where possible and to help us to do this – WE ASK THAT YOU READ THE PAGES OF THE WEBSITE REGARDING MEDICAL, SURGICAL, AND MANUAL VACCUM ASPIRATION BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. You will be called in the days before your appointment to discuss this, so we can plan your care where possible.
Clearly the current situation means that it is likely that we will very soon have no access to procedures under general anaesthetic (procedure where you are asleep). This is an evolving situation and one that we can only address with you at the time of booking you for your procedure. However we would like you to bear this in mind as you consider your options.
If you are choosing early medical abortion under 10 weeks we will be aiming to give you the second tablets as a drug to take home with you instead of asking you to attend a medical ward, in order to reduce your exposure to any risk. This will mean that you need to put the tablets into your vagina yourself at home. You will still need someone with you for 24 hours after the second tablets to support you.
If you wish to have an abortion you can contact our service directly on 01752 431129 to make an appointment. You do not have to be referred by your GP.
If you are unsure what you wish to do you can arrange to see a counsellor in our service by calling 01752 431129. This can either be an appointment just to see the counsellor or as part of the abortion assessment process.
Knowing how many weeks pregnant you are is an important factor in helping you choose the best option for you. This is defined as the number of weeks since the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Here is a pregnancy
When you attend for your clinic appointment we will do an ultrasound scan to assess how long you have been pregnant – please note this is done with a scan probe inserted into the vagina.
There are 3 types of abortion:
- Medical (an oral tablet followed by a vaginal tablet)
- Vacuum aspiration (under local anaesthetic, you remain awake)
- Surgical (under general anaesthetic, you are sent to sleep)
It is helpful if you can read through these options before your appointment to consider what you would like to do.
If you wish to have an abortion, call us to book an appointment for assessment and to arrange an appropriate procedure.
This FPA page might be helpful to you in thinking through your options.