Abortion treatments

Not all the methods described may be suitable for you

Your treatment options will depend on how many weeks the pregnancy is, your medical suitability and your personal choice.

There are two types of abortion treatment:

Medical abortion: The abortion pill

The abortion pill involves taking medicines to end the pregnancy.

Surgical abortion

Surgical abortion involves a minor operation that may be done with local anaesthetic, with sedation or rarely with general anaesthetic.

Treatment types by gestation

Pregnancy remains


After any surgical abortion and medical abortion from 10 weeks gestation, the pregnancy tissue is collected and stored separately from other clinical waste. It is then sent for incineration (burning) and is destroyed completely. If you have any specific wishes about how you would like the remains to be disposed of, such as burial or cremation, please discuss this with a member of staff before your treatment takes place.

With early medical abortion (up to 10 weeks gestation), you will pass the pregnancy remains at home or another place of your choosing. You can decide how to dispose of the pregnancy remains. They can be flushed down the lavatory, or wrapped in tissue, placed in a small plastic bag and put in the dustbin. If you plan to bury or burn the remains, ask a member of staff for information about how you can do this safely. If you prefer, you can arrange to bring the remains to a BPAS unit and our staff will dispose of them for you in the same way we would after a surgical abortion.

If you have any other questions about the disposal of the pregnancy remains, please ask us.