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For some women, falling pregnant may not happen at the right time or in the right circumstances. For this reason, a woman may choose not to continue with the pregnancy. Making this decision can be extremely challenging for many women. Your GP at Evoca can help you navigate this period and refer you on for counselling if needed. Whatever your choice, we offer a non-judgmental approach tailored to support and assist you on the journey.
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Our abortion services
Abortions or terminations of pregnancy can be conducted by two means:
- Abortion via taking oral medication (MTOP)
- Abortion via surgical procedure (STOP)
GPs at Evoca can refer to clinics delivering surgical termination of pregnancy (STOP), and can prescribe and administer the medication for medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) from the clinic under the right circumstances. They can help you understand both procedures and help you to choose the right option for your needs.
Medical Termination Of Pregnancy
At what point during my pregnancy can I elect to have an MTOP?
- MTOPs are ideally performed between 5-7 weeks of pregnancy, but can be performed up to 9 weeks of pregnancy
What is involved in an MTOP?
- If electing to do an MTOP, the process involves taking two sets of oral medication which together result in effects similar to that of a miscarriage
- The first medication (mifepristone) is taken at the clinic or sometimes at home
- The second medication (misoprostol) is taken at home 24-48 hours later
- Cramping and bleeding is expected afterward and is usually heavier and more painful than a period
- Bleeding can last for up to 3 weeks
What happens after I take the medicine?
- Your GP will check in with you within the first 5 days of taking the medication to ensure things are going as expected
- A follow up appointment is made 3 weeks after the process is commenced
- You will need to have someone at home with you in the first few days of initiating the process
- Apart from the support from your GP, you will also have access to a 24hr nurse advice helpline should you need it
How to prepare for your visit
Know the first day of your last period
Be assured we aren’t judging you or your choice
Remember your consultation and treatment are treated confidentially
Bring a friend, family member or partner with you if you feel this would help
There is no evidence to suggest that abortions without complications cause an adverse effect on female fertility. Complications such as infection or a form of scarring post-surgical procedure can lead to problems which can impair fertility, however these occurrences are rare and can also be treated. Commonly, fertility returns quite quickly post abortion, and for this reason contraceptive measures are often discussed soon after the time of the abortion.
1 Reference: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/womens-health/can-having-an-abortion-affect-my-fertility/
Both methods of abortion are as effective as each other. They carry differing risks relating to the method used, however, actions are taken with both methods to mitigate these risks. Speak to your GP to understand more.