We understand that prompt appointments are important.
Appointments in our East Melbourne clinic are available usually within three days of contacting us.
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.
We explain any requirements when you contact us.
Due to Covid-19, to protect the health and safety of our patients and our staff, unfortunately, a partner or support person is currently unable to attend the clinic with you. We understand this may cause some patients anxiety or concern, so feel free to call the clinic if you have any questions and our team will be more than happy to chat and provide reassurance about your visit.
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.
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.
No, not for the rest of that day. You will need someone to take you home, or a taxi.
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.
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.
Pregnancy termination is one of the safest, simplest and most common procedures for women. Complications are rare, but can occur as with any procedure.
Abortion does not affect future fertility. As part of your care, your future contraception is discussed and provided.
We first confirm your pregnancy with a urine test. Then you meet with a female pregnancy / intake counsellor to discuss your needs and provide information. You can also have a chat with them about your contraception if you wish. You will then attend a consult with our doctor who assesses the pregnancy gestation and discusses any medical or other concerns. You will then have a blood test. You have the option to proceed to theatre on the same day, or if you need more time to think about your decision you can tell the counsellor / doctor. If you are having a medical termination, the first tablet can be taken on that day, followed by 4 tablets two days later.
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, our team can provide you with a referral to a clinical psychologist.
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.
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.
During Medical abortion, management of pain and nausea is a crucial part of your care.
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.
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.
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.
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.