Medication to terminate a pregnancy has been in common use around the world for many years and it is being used increasingly rather than surgical abortion for early pregnancies. In Medical abortion a combination of two medications to taken to induce a bleed similar to a miscarriage. The earlier the medication is taken the better but this is licenced up to 63 days or less than 9 weeks pregnant. It is important that we are able to confirm the pregnancy on ultrasound prior to proceeding with the abortion to confirm how far along the pregnancy has progressed and that the pregnancy is in the womb (excluding a possible ectopic pregnancy).
Medical termination of pregnancy is a relatively low risk procedure.
Compared to a surgical abortion you will not have to undergo an anaesthetic and the risks of infection or damage to the uterus and cervix is lower. There is however, a slightly increased chance of medical abortion not being fully effective (about 97% compared to close to 100%) where you may still require a surgical procedure.