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Medical Abortion (pregnancy termination with the Abortion Pill)

 
Dr Emma Boulton Talks about Abortion at Clinic 66

Medical termination is sometimes called the "Abortion pill" or "non-surgical abortion", because we use medication rather than surgery to terminate the pregnancy.

 

Medical abortion is a safe and generally effective method for terminating early stage pregnancies between 5-9 weeks gestation (63 days).

Medical abortion is a two-step process

The first stage involves taking a tablet which blocks the hormone necessary for the pregnancy to continue. This is followed by a second medication taken 24-48 hours later, which causes the uterus to contract and the pregnancy to be expelled. 

 

Timing

 

Ideally performed between 5-7 weeks of pregnancy, but can be performed up to 9 weeks (63 days) gestation.

 

Cost

 

For patients with a medicare card ( approx):

Upfront cost = $450

Medicare Rebate = $147

Out of Pocket Cost = $303

 

Medical abortion within 9 weeks gestation is a low-risk, non-surgical procedure with a high 98% success rate.

Important Note: this price excludes the cost of medication, which varies greatly dependent upon your health cover (medicare, healthcare card and private insurance rebates). Contact us to discuss your situation, so that we can give you a better idea of total cost. 

No Medicare?

MS2 step medical abortion medication is heavily subsidised by the Australian PBS system so medical termination is unfortunately much more expensive for non-medicare holders.

If you do not have a Medicare card, please contact us to discuss pricing (if you have travel health insurance, it may cover you).

Reciprocal Medicare?

 

Please check that your Reciprocal Medicare card is valid, as this will affect the cost of both your consultation and the medication.

We can also provide Medical Abortion by tele-medicine (ie, online video/phone). It is a safe, effective, accessible & convenient alternative if you are unable to come to the clinic. But its not without risk or discomfort. If you can get to the Clinic, it is a quicker, easier and more economical option. We recommend you come to the clinic in person if possible.

What to
expect
  • You will be given two sets of medications which together, cause effects similar to a miscarriage.
     

  • The first set of medications (Mifepristone) are taken at the clinic or at home and second set of medications (Misoprostol) taken at home 24-48 hours later

  • You should not expect to work on the day of the second step ( misoprostol), and possibly the next day. After that you should be fine to go back to work
     

  • You should expect bleeding and cramping (ranging from mild to severe) which can last up to 3 weeks
     

  • A follow up visit is required 3 weeks later with repeat ultrasound assessment to ensure the termination is complete
     

Support & Recovery
  • It is highly recommended that you have someone to support you at home for at least the first 24 hours after taking the second set of medications.
     

  • Clinic 66 doctors can provide you with medications to assist with pain and cramping.

  • If its after our open hours and you're worried about anything, you can call the MS Health 24hr aftercare service on 1300 315 664.

   Medical abortions can be undertaken completely in the privacy of your own home. - we call this a 'tele-abortion'. Click here to find out more >>>

Side effects & complications
  • Bleeding and cramping as described in 'what to expect'.
     

  • Nausea and vomiting, Fever and chills are common side effects of misoprostol (the second step).
     

  • Complications are rare but there is a chance that the medical abortion will be unsuccessful ( approx 2%) requiring a surgical procedure.
     

  • Our nurses and doctors can provide you with more information about risks and complications.
     

How to prepare for the day

Please have something light to eat and a few glasses of water before the appointment and aim to have a semi-full bladder for the appointment...

Medical Abortion FAQ's

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What happens beyond 9 weeks?

Is it safe?  Will it hurt?

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