What is Abortion?
An abortion is a deliberate medical process to end a pregnancy. It is also known as a termination or termination of pregnancy.
Abortions are common, in the UK 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. So if you are considering abortion, please know that you are not alone.
In England, Scotland and Wales, abortion at 24 weeks (23 weeks + 6 days) is only available if the legal criteria under the abortion act are met.
There are two main methods of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion.
At Marie Stopes UK, we offer:
- Medical abortion up to 9 weeks + 3 days since your last period
- Surgical abortion up to 23 weeks + 6 days since your last period (provided the legal criteria are met under the Abortion Act in England)
Medical abortion for early stages of pregnancy
A medical abortion, known as the abortion pill(s), involves swallowing two sets of pills to end a pregnancy. It is available with Marie Stopes up to 9 weeks + 3 days of pregnancy and doesn’t require surgery or anaesthetic. You may be able to go home on the same day.
Surgical abortion for early and later stages of pregnancy
Surgical abortion consists of having a minor surgical procedure to remove the pregnancy tissue vaginally. It is available up to 23 weeks + 6 days of pregnancy.
If the gestation is below 17 weeks, you may be able to go home on the same day.
Which method is right for me?
Your gestation – how many weeks it’s been since your last period - your medical history, personal gynaecological history, medications and personal preference will help determine which method would be best for you. So you can have a better idea of what to expect, our 24-hour advice line team is available to help you go through your options and medical pre-assessment.
Marie Stopes UK: the leading provider of abortion care
Marie Stopes UK is the largest, most trusted abortion care provider in the UK. We look after thousands of women who have their abortion on the NHS in England and have done this for over 40 years. We understand the situation Irish women face when it comes to abortion and are here to support you every step of the way.
With us, you are in expert hands.
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