Surgical Termination

A termination of pregnancy or abortion may be performed at our Sydney centre. The most common method of terminating a pregnancy is surgically (up to 14 weeks from the first day of last menstrual period). See Surgical Termination. The less common method of terminating a pregnancy is medically (up to 9 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period). If you would like more information on these choices, please click on the links below and read the more detailed information carefully.

Expect to be with us for approximately 2 hours. All care is taken to allocate a specific time for you in order to minimise waiting times. It is important to have made arrangements for transport home afterwards as you are unable to drive.

On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to complete some simple questionnaires regarding your general health and feelings surrounding the pregnancy. You will also have an opportunity to read some comprehensive information about the procedure of termination of pregnancy. You will then have a consultation with the doctor performing the procedure.

The doctor will take a medical history and conduct an ultrasound to determine where the pregnancy is and to make sure it corresponds with your dates. You will not hear or see the ultrasound unless you request to do so. The doctor will discuss with you any social, emotional or physical issues you may have and refer you for any further counselling, if required. Information on contraception will be available. You are absolutely under no obligation to proceed to the termination of pregnancy. The doctor will discuss your options with you.

You will also be given written information about possible complications and expectations after the procedure. Contact numbers are located at the base of the written information. If you have any concerns at all, please call us. We are available 24 hours per day on the clinic numbers.

A “medical” termination may only be performed early in pregnancy. This involves taking 2 different types of medication, the first an “anti-progesterone” to stop the pregnancy growing and the other a ‘prostaglandin-like medication’ (taken 36-48 hours later) to expel the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. Basically it mimics a miscarriage. Bleeding and pain are variable. Blood tests at a local pathology provider and a follow-up appointment with us is necessary 2 weeks later to confirm a successful pregnancy termination.

While this method of terminating a pregnancy has been widely used in many counties including the USA, UK, NZ, India and China, it is now   available in Australia from doctors who have completed an online training program, and who have the appropriate medical indemnity insurance.  Our doctors, who specialise in termination of pregnancy, had been granted special authorisation to aminister these medications for terminating a pregnancy in February 2010 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and are therefore very experienced in delivering this method.  Doctors at GCA have the correct insurance to conduct a medical termination of pregnancy as well as a surgical termination of pregnancy, plus they have the knoweldge and ability to deal with complications and failures.  It is also important that you seek a “lawful” termination of pregnancy and at GCA, we are very knowledgeable of the national and state laws.

In comparison to surgical termination of pregnancy, medical termination / medical abortion has more drug-related side effects (such as nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache and fever). Pain and bleeding are also more common and more prolonged, with up to 90 percent of women experiencing cramps and an average of 14 to 17 days bleeding, with ranges from 1 day to 69 days. The timing of the expulsion of the products of conception is not clear and there is at least a theoretical risk of foetal deformity if the termination fails and the pregnancy continues.

If you are considering having a medical termination of pregnancy, prior to you being administered any medication you will have a consultation with the doctor. The doctor will take a medical history and conduct an ultrasound to determine the site of the pregnancy and to make sure it corresponds with dates. It is particularly important that you are less than 9 weeks pregnant. You will also be asked to provide a urine sample before seeing the doctor for the purpose of routine chlamydia screening (the most common and often undetected sexually transmitted infection). A blood test will also be taken during your consultation. The consultation will also include discussion surrounding the pregnancy and reasons for the termination.

Ten to twelve days after your consultation you will be required to attend a local pathology collection centre near you for a further blood test. You will then be required to attend a follow up appointment with us two weeks after your initial appointment for a repeat ultrasound and review of your blood tests to confirm a successful termination.

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For many people faced with making the decision to terminate a pregnancy the cost of the procedure is also of concern.

The cost of a termination is made up of different components. For example the consultation, ultrasound, pathology fees and in the case of surgical termination the procedure itself and sedation. At all GCA clinics, if you have a current Medicare card, then Medicare will cover more than 50% of the cost of surgical termination.

If you are not an Australian citizen with Medicare your private medical insurer may cover some of your costs. Enquiry should be made directly with your insurer.

As we are continually booked because of our reputation, we now only take payment on the day.

If you would like to discuss the cost of abortion or have any questions please call us on 02 9585 9599.

Is a termination of pregnancy safe?

A first trimester termination is a very straightforward, quick-to-perform and safe procedure. It is approximately 10 times safer than natural childbirth when compared in worldwide studies. It takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes and is most commonly performed in conjunction with a very safe intravenous anaesthetic. Approximately a third of all Australian women have at least one termination of pregnancy.

Does termination of pregnancy affect future fertility?

The evidence suggests where termination of pregnancy is available within the law that uncomplicated termination of pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of infertility. In fact, you may easily get pregnant again after a termination of pregnancy, even before your next period. Other gynaecological conditions may affect future fertility (such as sexually transmitted infections, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc) but there is no association with termination of pregnancy.

Is termination of pregnancy painful?

A termination of pregnancy is most commonly performed whilst you are sedated. You will not be aware during the procedure and therefore you will have no pain. You may or may not experience some menstrual-type cramps after the procedure, which may be relieved with simple analgesia.

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