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Surgical abortion

Like other service organisations, we are providing a service that has been impacted by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Early Medical Abortion will be the automatic treatment option for all pregnancies of less than 10 weeks gestation. Medical exclusions apply. Talk to your healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

Surgical abortion involves a minor operation. There are two types of surgical abortion:

Vacuum aspiration can be done with local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthetic:

Dilatation and Evacuation – between 15 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Carried out under general anaesthetic.
  • The pregnancy is removed using narrow forceps through the neck of the womb (cervix).
  • You will need cervical preparation on the day of surgery or possibly the day before.