MedicationTerminationOverview

Medication terminations – sometimes referred to as the abortion pill – are available at FPT for women who are up to 9 weeks pregnant. You will need to be assessed by a doctor to see if a medication termination is right for you.

If the doctor decides a medication termination is right for you, they will write a care plan for you explaining each step you need to follow for the termination.

 

Am I suitable for a medication termination?

A medication termination may be suitable for you if all of the following apply to you:

· You must be less than 9 weeks – which is 63 days – pregnant (measured from the first day of your last period). The length of your pregnancy must be confirmed by ultrasound and blood tests, which will be organised by a doctor.

· Your doctor will check your general health. Some medication conditions make medication terminations unsafe, so please tell your doctor if you have any health problems.

· A termination can last 3-4 days. For this whole time, you will need to:

· stay within one hour’s drive from a hospital with emergency facilities. You can stay at home or at other safe accommodation.

· stay somewhere with access to a toilet, some privacy and someone with you that you trust and who can support you.

· have 24-hour access to a phone in case you need to call for help. If you have a mobile phone, you must make sure that your phone is charged and able to make and receive calls.

· You will need to be able to attend a check-up about 14 to 21 days after the termination to make sure it is complete and to discuss contraception options.


How do I access a medication termination?

If you have decided to have a termination, contact Family Planning Tasmania or your GP as soon as possible.

Medication terminations must be completed before you are 9 weeks pregnant. It can take several days from your initial appointment to complete the ultrasound and blood test, so please make the appointment as early as possible.

If you can’t get in quickly to see your regular doctor, it may be a good idea to see another doctor who can help you with the necessary investigations in the 9-week timeframe.

A doctor at FPT or your GP will review your suitability for a medication termination and refer you for an ultrasound and tests.

If you come to FPT for a termination, we must be able to contact you by telephone so we can discuss essential parts of your care during your termination.

Other medication termination providers include Marie Stopes telephone service.

If you are unsure about your decision to have an abortion, contact us to request a counselling appointment.

 

How much does a medication termination cost?

Costs for a medication termination depend on your age and circumstances. Please have a look at our fees page. If you can’t afford a termination, you may be eligible for financial support that we can help you apply for. Please speak to your nurse if this is the case for you.

 

What happens before, during and after a medication termination?

Find out more on our medication termination process page.

 

Other FAQs

    What if my English is not good enough to understand the information given at the appointments?

    If you need an interpreter for any language, we can arrange for one to attend your appointments by telephone. In order to be eligible for a medication termination, you will need to be able to understand some written instructions in English.

    If English is your second language and you would like to read more about termination of pregnancy in your first language, these websites may be able to help you:

    Can I have a medication termination if I am breastfeeding?

    Yes, but if you are breastfeeding, you can’t give your breastmilk to the child for six hours after you take the medication. You will need to express the milk and dispose of it.

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