MEDICAL ABORTION

A medical abortion is a non-surgical method for terminating an early gestation pregnancy. This form of abortion involves a two-step medication process which will halt the progression of the pregnancy and induce uterine contractions to expel the pregnancy. 

First stage:

During your initial visit at our facility, our doctor will give you an oral tablet called mifepristone. This is the first of the two-step medication process. After seeing the doctor and taking step 1, we will collect a blood sample from you to measure your pregnancy hormone levels. 

Second stage: 

24 to 48 hours after the mifepristone you will need to place 4 misoprostol tablets into the pouch between the gum and the cheek and keep them there for 30 minutes. Any undissolved tablet after this time can be swallowed with water. You can take these tablets whenever you like during the time period stipulated.

After this you can expect some vaginal bleeding and cramps. You will then expel the pregnancy. This can occur anywhere between 30 minutes and 48 hours after taking the medication, but it is most common within 4 hours. Most women require no further medication. However, if no bleeding has occurred within the first 24 hours you will need to contact the surgery as soon as possible on (07) 3397 1211.

After approximately 1 week:

You will need to get a second blood test so that we can monitor your pregnancy hormone levels to ensure a significant decrease and confirmation of a successful termination. Our doctor will give you all the necessary paperwork for this during your initial appointment.

After 2 weeks:

You are required to come back for a consultation with our doctor so she can complete your care. It is important that you attend this appointment to ensure the termination has been successful and ensure there are no retained products.

How long will I be in the facility?

Approximately 2 hours for your initial appointment, then about 1-2 hours for your follow-up consultation.

What gestation does your doctor terminate up too?

Medical terminations can only be performed on pregnancies up to 9 weeks gestation

 

What to bring

  • If you have a letter from your GP or ultrasound scan results, bring these with you although they are not required

  • Your Medicare card

  • Photo ID

  • Payment for any fees must be made prior to your procedure, however if you change your mind at any point in time, we will refund you