If you have a NEW cough and or a high temperature (above 37.8 degrees) you must self isolate for 7 days. If your clinic appointment with us is within your 7 day isolation period, please call us to rebook. For safety, please do not attend your appointment at the clinic, you will not be treated if you have these symptoms and you will be rebooked. Visit NHS 111 for more information and advice.
Eat and drink as normal before your treatment
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is a medicine that ends the pregnancy. The medical name for the abortion pill is mifepristone. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down and the pregnancy cannot continue.
The abortion pill is followed by another medicine called misoprostol, which makes the womb contract, causing cramping and bleeding similar to a miscarriage.
This method can be used up to 24 weeks of pregnancy at BPAS. What to expect depends on whether the pregnancy is less than or more than 9 weeks’ gestation.
You should plan to be at the clinic all day and potentially overnight.
Arriving at the clinic for your treatment
Once you have checked in with the receptionist, your name and date of birth will be checked and you will be asked to go into a waiting room. A nurse will collect you and ask if you would like your support person to accompany you through this stage. The nurse will make sure that all your paperwork is complete and accurate. Your medical history will be confirmed.
How long will I be at the BPAS clinic?
This will be explained in detail during your consultation. All clients require at least 2 treatment appointments. On your first appointment you will be given the abortion pill, mifepristone to swallow while you are in the clinic – this will take around 1 and a half hours. You will go home and return for the rest of your treatment 1 or 2 days later. If your pregnancy is over 22 weeks’ gestation you may also require feticide and should expect to be in the clinic for up to 4 to 5 hours. On your second appointment you will either return to a BPAS clinic to complete your treatment and should plan to be at the clinic all day and potentially overnight.
Can I bring someone along with me?
To protect clients and staff and to comply with infection control measures we are restricting the number of client companions/escorts allowed into our clinics. Clients can only bring someone with them to the clinic if the following applies:
- The client is less than 18 years of age
- The client needs to be accompanied because they are confined (such as prison or mental health hospital)
- The client needs support for a physical condition or is a vulnerable adult requiring help with decision-making
- The client requires treatment for a fetal anomaly and the clinic is able to provide a private room
If the client does not fall into any of the above categories, their escorts may drop them off and pick them up but cannot enter the clinic. The client will be asked to advise their escort of the likely pick-up time and request their escort to stay local to the clinic. (Advice from 19.07.21)
Remember to bring:
- Your prescribed medicines or inhalers
- Stick-on sanitary towels
- Extra underwear
- Slippers, nightshirt and dressing gown
If you are under 18
A female adult of your choice can stay with you throughout your treatment and you need an adult (aged 18 or over) to take you home when it is finished - if this is difficult for you, please tell the clinic at the earliest opportunity so that your treatment can be provided safely.
You will have a BPAS support person with you throughout treatment. We will also keep your own support person up to date with your progress if you wish and you can rejoin them as quickly as possible if you prefer. More information for under 16s.