Abortion

Abortion, or 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 have an abortion at our clinics, except in Western Australia, where it is a legal requirement. If you are eligible and prefer to have a medical abortion via tele-consultation with one of our doctors, you will need a referral from your GP to proceed.

To discuss your abortion options or to make an appointment, please call us on 1300 003 707.

Types of abortion

Medical

Medical abortion is a safe and effective method of terminating a pregnancy up to 9 weeks (63 days) gestation. It is a method of abortion that uses medication rather than surgery to terminate an early pregnancy. If you are up to 9 weeks (63 days) pregnant, you may consider a medical (non-surgical) abortion.

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Surgical

Surgical abortion is a safe and straightforward day-surgery procedure that is most commonly performed in the first trimester (up to 12–14 weeks’ gestation). Second trimester termination of pregnancy may be performed up to 20 weeks in most states, and late second trimester abortion up to 24 weeks in Victoria, but this requires a more specialised procedure.

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Tele-abortion

A medical abortion via teleconsultation, also known as tele-abortion, provides a safe way to terminate an early pregnancy (< 8 weeks gestation) with medication, without having to visit one of our clinics and/or find a local prescriber.

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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.

Medical at home* **

FROM $290

*Tele-abortion **Excludes cost of medication

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.

  • Up to 9 weeks gestation
  • No referral required, except WA
  • Clinic visit then home
  • Support person recommended day 2
  • 1-4% incomplete abortion risk
  • Medium to heavy bleeding
  • Variable pain
  • No breastfeeding for less than a day
  • Follow-up required
Read more about medical abortion
  • Up to 24 weeks in some states
  • No referral required, except WA
  • Clinic
  • Support person required at discharge, no children allowed in clinic
  • Less than 2% incomplete abortion risk
  • Light bleeding
  • Sedation or local anaesthetic
  • Can continue breastfeeding
  • Follow-up not usually required
Read more about surgical abortion
  • Up to 8 weeks gestation
  • Referral required
  • GP visit then home
  • Support person recommended day 2
  • 1-4% incomplete abortion risk
  • Medium to heavy bleeding
  • Variable pain
  • No breastfeeding for less than a day
  • Follow-up required
Read more about tele-abortion

Am I eligible for a medical or surgical abortion?

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.

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FAQ

A gestation estimate can be calculated by counting the days from the first day of your last period. Because it is very difficult to predict when a woman ovulated, this calculation method provides only an estimation of maximum possible gestation. The confirmed gestation, after an ultrasound, may provide a different result.
The details of your procedure will not be made known to anyone without your consent, and we will only call or email you to confirm your booking and ensure you have the information you need to proceed safely with your medical procedure.
While you wait to see the nurse and doctor, you may wish to consider which long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) method might suit you best. My Best Fit is your personal contraception advisor and can help you determine what contraceptive solution will work best with your priorities and your lifestyle.

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.

In Western Australia it is compulsory to have a referral from your GP. Your doctor can fill out a referral form online, or download and print a referral form from our website. If you live in the Midland catchment area and have a Medicare card, your doctor should fill out the WA catchment area referral form.

In other states, you do not need a referral to have a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic, but you may need one if you opt for medical abortion via teleconsultation, also known as tele-abortion, as it is important you have a doctor nearby to help manage your care.

You will be asked medical questions to help determine your eligibility for your choice of termination of pregnancy procedure when you call to make your 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.

There is no lasting contraceptive protection from having an abortion and you can ovulate as soon as two weeks after the procedure, even if you are still bleeding. It is important you discuss your contraception options at your consult and begin using a reliable contraception method right away.
Depending on your preferred method, there are different guidelines about when you can start using each method of contraception.

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.

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