It is important to take your time considering all available options to make the best decision for you. Options for an unintended pregnancy include:
- Continuing the pregnancy—choosing to parent
- Continuing the pregnancy—for adoption
- Terminating the pregnancy
Questions to Consider
- Is it the right time for a child given other plans and responsibilities?
- Am I/we financially and emotionally ready?
- Am I/we able to accept the idea of being in a long-term relationship? If not, could I manage alone?
- Would we stay together without a pregnancy?
- How would the child’s best interests be cared for if we did separate?
Seeking Further Information
- For more information/support regarding parenting: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline (1800 882 436)
- For more information/support regarding adoption: Adoption and Permanent Care Services (9716 3000)
What is a Termination?
A surgical termination of pregnancy is a fast and safe procedure performed for pregnancies between 6-20 weeks. The procedure is done with a twilight sedation, so the woman feels no pain and has no recollection of the procedure. The pregnancy tissue is gently suctioned from the uterus using a small, plastic tube. It is a simple procedure which takes about 10-15 minutes. Beyond 16 weeks of pregnancy, a different, longer procedure must be used.
A medical termination of pregnancy can be given for pregnancies between 5-9 weeks at Clinic 66. It involves taking two medications; Mifepristone is taken initially at the clinic and then Misoprostol is taken 24— 48 hours later. Together these medications bring on a process similar to a miscarriage. Most women will experience bleeding and cramping which can range from mild to severe. Clinic 66 doctors can provide medications to assist with pain or cramping. A follow up appointment is required 3 weeks later to confirm completion of the termination.
Clinic 66 is committed to providing excellent, individualised care for all patients. Our services include surgical and medical termination, ultrasound assessment, rhesus blood testing and prophylaxis, STI screening, contraceptive services (including IUD insertion), 24hr on call service.
What to Expect on The Day
What to Bring on The Day
- Your medicare card
- Photo Identification e.g. drivers licence, passport
- Some sanitary pads (not tampons) and extra pair of underwear for after the procedure
- Cash, debit or credit card for procedure cost (unfortunately we do not accept AMEX)
- Support person— it may be helpful to have someone accompany you for support but please do not bring babies or children to the clinic
Preparation for Your Procedure
- We will call you the day before your procedure to confirm your appointment time and explain how to prepare for your procedure.
- You must not eat anything for 6 hours before your appointment time. You may drink water up until two hours before your appointment time.
- If you have any medical conditions or are taking regular medications, please inform staff when making your booking.
- Wear warm, comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
- You will need to organise someone to take you home after the procedure as you will be unable to drive for 24 hours following sedation and are unable to take public transport home. Alternately, we can organise a taxi for you.
On Arrival at The Clinic
When you arrive, our reception staff will ask you to complete some paperwork, all details provided will remain confidential. You will then see our nurse for counselling and ultrasound assessment (you don’t have to see the ultrasound) before consultations with both the procedural doctor and sedation doctor (for surgical procedures). You will have opportunities to ask the medical staff any further questions or concerns.
The doctors will then perform either the medical or surgical procedure, depending on what you have chosen. Generally, the total time you will be at our clinic is 3 hours for a surgical procedure and 1-1.5 hours for a medical procedure.
After the Procedure
After the surgical procedure, the nurses will move you to our recovery room for ongoing monitoring and post- operative care to ensure you are fully recovered before you go home.
The doctor will discuss future contraception options during your consultation. Almost all types of contraception are available at our clinic. You may request to have an intrauterine device (IUD) or implanon (contraceptive rod) fitted at the time of your procedure.
- DRIVING – Clinic 66 is a 20 minute drive from the city. Free parking is available at the Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre for the first three hours. From Chatswood Chase, it is a 2 minute walk to Clinic 66. Limited, metered street parking is also available.
- TRAIN – Catch any train to Chatswood station. Clinic 66 is located 10 mins walking distance from Chatswood station.
- BUS – There are numerous bus routes which travel to both Chatswood Station and Chatswood Bus Interchange.