Surgical abortion you will be admitted to the hospital for a procedure to remove the pregnancy and discharged later the same day. Contraception can be started at this point.
Medical abortion takes a little longer as it occurs in 2 stages.
Stage 1: You attend the hospital where you will be given a tablet to block the pregnancy hormones on the ward and asked to stay for approx. 30 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reactions to the medication.
Stage 2: You return to the ward 24-48 hours later where you will be given either a tablet or vaginal pessary (a tablet inserted like a tampon). This causes the pregnancy to be expelled from the vagina. This may be uncomfortable with some cramping and bleeding. You should allow approx. 4- 6 hours in hospital for this stage. Occasionally a further dose is needed or a surgical termination if the pregnancy still does not pass.
It is important to start contraception at this stage if you do not want to become pregnant again immediately.
You may be given a follow up appointment with the consultant if required.
You are likely to have some discomfort and vaginal bleeding for up to 2 weeks afterwards and may need to take things easy for a few days.
Remember– you can change your mind up until treatment begins.