Abortion, also known as termination of pregnancy, is a safe medical procedure used to end pregnancy through surgical intervention or by taking medication that causes the contents of the uterus to be expelled.
At Marie Stopes Australia we understand that women at all stages of their reproductive life can find themselves faced with having to make the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy.
Our services provide women with a supportive, compassionate and confidential environment in which to discuss and assess available options. We assist you in deciding what the right procedure is for you, depending on your preferences and the stage of the pregnancy.
Patients with or without Medicare card, who are undergoing a termination of pregnancy procedure at a Marie Stopes clinic, are eligible for a free STI check for Chlamydia and any other STI deemed appropriate by assessment, or at your request.
We can also fit long-acting contraceptive methods after your procedure. To find out which method suits you best, use our contraceptive quiz.
You do not need a referral from your doctor to make a booking, except in Western Australia, where it is a legal requirement.
To discuss your options or to make an appointment, please call us on 1300 003 707.
Types of abortion
Surgical abortion is a safe and straightforward day-surgery procedure most often performed in the first trimester up to 14 weeks’ gestation. Second trimester abortion up to 20 weeks is available in most states and up to 24 weeks in limited states, but requires a more specialised procedure.
Medical abortion is a safe and effective method of terminating an early pregnancy, up to 9 weeks gestation, using medication rather than surgery. Medical abortion is also known as non-surgical abortion and is available in-clinic across Australia.
A medical abortion by phone, also known as tele-abortion, provides a more private way to terminate an early pregnancy up to 8 weeks gestation with medication, without having to visit a clinic. Medical abortion by phone is not permitted in all states. Please follow the link for eligibility information.
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Cost and prices
Prices are based on the minimum cost for each procedure for patients holding a valid Medicare card. Further discounts apply for Healthcare Card holders in many cases. Visit the prices page to understand the factors that influence cost, or contact us to get an exact price based on your personal circumstances.
Choosing to have a method of long-acting reversible contraception fitted at the time of your appointment, or follow up appointment, can be a very cost-effective way of getting reliable contraception fitted, without requiring a stand alone appointment. Ask us for more information when you enquire or make a booking.
What type of abortion is right for me?
This table provides a brief overview of the benefits and risks of medical and surgical abortions. Please see our blog for a detailed comparison of the two methods.
What kind of abortion can I have?
In Australia, there are gestation limits on which kind of abortion you can have. To check which abortion methods are available to you, use our gestation calculator by entering the first date of your last period. It will provide you with a gestation estimate in weeks and days, which will later need to be confirmed by an ultrasound.
What to expect at your appointment
As part of your time with the nurse, you will also have the opportunity to discuss your contraception options and you may be able to have a LARC fitted on the day, which can significantly reduce the cost of having one fitted. Ask your customer service advisor when you call to make a booking.
It is very important you are at least five (5) weeks since your last period, as we must be able to confirm your pregnancy on ultrasound. If a pregnancy cannot be seen you may need to reschedule your appointment.
At your appointment you will be asked questions about your medical history to ensure any risk factors you have are properly managed. You will also be asked to consent to the procedure after being explained the process and risks involved.
|Method of contraception||Advice|
|Contraceptive pill, implant or injection||Surgical abortion
Start on the day of the abortion, or within five days after the abortion for injections. Medical abortion
Start on the day the day the medication is taken, or within five days for injections.
|IUD / IUS||Surgical abortion
Can be inserted at the end of the surgical procedure or at a follow up appointment. Medical abortion
At your post-medical abortion consult or when you receive confirmation the termination of pregnancy was successful.
|Vaginal ring||You may insert a vaginal ring the day after your procedure, as it is sterile, but you must wash your hands thoroughly to avoid the risk of infection while you heal.|
|Condoms||When you can safely resume vaginal intercourse.|
|Cervical cap, diaphragm||When you can safely resume vaginal intercourse.|
|Fertility awareness||Use a backup method until you can be confident your cycle has returned to normal.|