Making your choice; Medical or Surgical Abortion
If you do make the decision to end your pregnancy, and it has been 9 weeks or less since your last period, you may be eligible to have a medical abortion. The following information can help you decide if it is right for you.
A medical abortion or termination (commonly referred to as the Abortion Pill) uses two medicines to end a pregnancy. The first one weakens the attachment of the pregnancy to the uterus. A second medication, swallowed or put into the vagina two days later, makes the uterus cramp and causes bleeding to expel the pregnancy.
Surgical abortion or termination is a brief and safe surgical procedure commonly done all over the world. During the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy, a surgical abortion is done by a method called vacuum aspiration under a general anaesthetic (unconscious) or under sedation. With vacuum aspiration the cervix (opening to the uterus) is stretched open slightly, pregnancy is then removed through a small tube using suction.