Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
We understand that prompt appointments are important.
Appointments in our Melbourne clinic are available usually within three days of contacting us.
Appointments in our Albury clinic are usually within two weeks.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
What does an abortion cost?
We are not able to stipulate a flat fee. A range of factors must be taken into account such as health cover, Medicare rebate and services required. The fee will be clarified when you contact us.
What do I need to do before an appointment?
We explain any requirements when you contact us.
Can my partner, friend or family member come with me?
Yes. We welcome your support people. There may be occasions where you must be seen on your own, eg preparation for theatre and in theatre.
How many appointments will I need?
Surgical abortion consultations and theatre can occur in the one day if you wish. You may like to attend a two-week check-up appointment too.
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Medical abortion usually requires at least two visits. One of these is a mandatory follow up appointment to check that the medical abortion has been successful.
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Can I drive a vehicle after a surgical abortion?
No, not for the rest of that day. You will need someone to take you home, or a taxi.
Can I drive a vehicle during and after Medical abortion?
Yes, after your first tablet. But two days later when you take your second dose, we ask you to stay home that day as you will be having a miscarriage and it is not safe to drive your car.
Do I need to fast before an abortion?
Surgical abortion, like any operation, requires a period of fasting, usually from the midnight before your surgical abortion appointment.
Medical abortion does not require fasting.
How safe is abortion?
Pregnancy termination is one of the safest, simplest and most common procedures for women. Complications are rare, but can occur as with any procedure.
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Will an abortion make me infertile?
Abortion does not affect future fertility. As part of your care, your future contraception is discussed and provided.
If I am considering an abortion, what happens during my visit?
First your pregnancy is confirmed with a urine test. Then you meet with a female pregnancy/intake counsellor to discuss your needs and provide information. Next you consult a doctor who assesses the pregnancy gestation and discusses any medical or other concerns. You have a blood test. Then you leave to think further, book for theatre or for medical abortion, or proceed to theatre or take medical abortion medication.
What counselling is available?
We have a team of experienced female counsellors and experienced doctors. If your circumstances are particularly complex or you are struggling to reach a decision, you can consult our clinical psychologist.
I am really scared of needles/operations. How can you help me?
We have developed protocols, using a range of approaches and strategies, to assist women with these anxieties. Let the counsellor or doctor know and we can discuss these with you to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.
Will I experience any pain?
Surgical abortion is performed under general anaesthetic. Post operatively, women may experience some pain or cramping. This may be similar to period pain. Paracetamol or Nurofen may provide pain relief. A stronger pain medication can be prescribed if needed.
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During Medical abortion, management of pain and nausea is a crucial part of your care.
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I became pregnant because of a sexual assault. Can you help me?
Yes. Our staff are experienced in caring for women who have experienced sexual assault recently, or in the past. Let us know, and we can discuss with you how best to meet your needs drawing on best practice protocols. This includes if you wish to provide medical evidence to Police.
How will I be following an abortion?
We provide you with information about what to do, and not do, to best care for you following your abortion. We also have a 24-hour phone service in case of concerns.
Most women feel relieved following an abortion and feel that they made the right decision. A small number may experience some mixed feelings but adjust well. A very small number may need assistance from our counselling team because of particularly complex and difficult circumstances.
How soon before I can go back to my usual duties and routines?
After a surgical abortion, most women are able to return to their normal routine the following day, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided for 1-2 weeks.
A medical abortion occurs over several days so your normal routine may be disrupted for longer.
What if I am between 12 and 16 weeks’ gestation?
You can still have an abortion but it may require you to have surgical procedures on two consecutive days. Please call the clinic for further information. Click here to Contact Us