A termination of pregnancy or abortion may be performed at any of our 5 centres. 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 3 to 4 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.

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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.

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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Use this pregnancy calculator to work out the likely conception date and to estimate how many weeks you have been pregnant. Input the date of your last menstrual period (which is the first day of your last period) and then click on the calculate button.

Please note that this calculator only estimates dates based on a 28 day menstrual cycle and might not be accurate for women whose cycle varies from that schedule. For more accurate estimates please speak with your doctor.

High success rate 95-98%Very high success rate >99%
Anaesthesia not required (however there is 2-5% failure and a surgical abortion may be necessary)Anaesthesia required. Intravenous sedation is most commonly used but this a very safe type of anaesthesia
Resembles a miscarriage. Pain and bleeding are variable from mild to moderate to severeA doctor performs the procedure and the procedure is done whilst you are asleep making it painless
Miscarriage is usually completed within 24 hours of taking the second medication but may take days or weeks to completeThe procedure is completed within 5 -10 mins
Post procedure bleeding may last longer than surgical abortion and women may see pregnancy tissue and blood clotsPost procedure bleeding is usually less than medical abortion and rarely lasts longer than 2 weeks.
Requires a minimum of 2 visits to the clinic 2 weeks apartOnly 1 visit to the clinic is required and the consultation and procedure are done at the same visit (usually no more than 2 hours)
May be performed in early pregnancyMay be performed in early pregnancy up to 14 weeks at our centre
Usually avoids the use of surgical instrumentsInstrumentation of cervix and uterus required
Both drugs are administered orally or vaginally and the miscarriage may occur in privacy of your own homeThe procedure is carried out at our centre and requires a 2 hour visit involving the consultation, procedure and recovery. You cannot drive home and have to fast for 6 hours prior