Abortion, or termination of pregnancy, is a safe medical procedure used to end an unwanted or non-viable pregnancy through surgical intervention or by taking medication that causes the contents of the uterus to be expelled.
At Dr Marie 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 Dr Marie 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 a Dr Marie clinic, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 other states, you do not need a referral to have a termination at a Dr Marie 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.
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||Surgical abortion||Medical abortion|
|Contraceptive pill, implant or injection||Start on the day of the abortion, or within five days after the abortion for injections.||Start on the day the day the medication is taken, or within five days for injections.|
|IUD / IUS||Can be inserted at the end of the surgical procedure or at a follow up appointment.||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.|