A | A | A

Types of Abortion


Before your BPAS abortion treatment you must attend a face to face or telephone consultation. This appointment is essential to ensure that we can carry out your treatment legally and safely. You will have a scan to confirm the dates of the pregnancy and we will discuss your medical history.

The types of abortion procedures you can have will depend on:

  • how many weeks pregnant you are
  • if you would like to be sedated
  • and, any medical conditions you may have.

The 1967 Abortion Act in England requires us to obtain the signatures of two doctors before we can perform the abortion treatment - we do this as part of the consultation and treatment process at BPAS. We will also talk about your contraceptive needs.

Abortion Treatment

Medical abortion

The abortion pill - up to 10 weeks of pregnancy

Medication is used to cause an early miscarriage (you may experience cramping pain and heavy bleeding).

You may need two visits to the clinic - check with the call advisor when booking.

No surgery or anaesthetic is involved.

We recommend that you do not travel until the pregnancy has passed (90% of women will pass the pregnancy within 4 hours of taking the 2nd medication).

Abortion pill - between 10 and 24 weeks of pregnancy 

Medication causes the womb to contract and push out the pregnancy.  From 22 weeks an injection to the womb may be required.  At least two visits to the clinic are required.  Sometimes an overnight stay at the clinic is needed at the second visit.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical methods are a practical option for women needing to travel for treatment and most treatments (up to 20 weeks) need only one visit to the clinic.

Vacuum aspiration - up to 14 weeks of pregnancy

Removes the pregnancy by gentle suction. Up to 12 weeks it can be done under local anaesthetic - the quicker recovery time for this procedure means women can leave the clinic unattended and can drive sooner. Up to 14 weeks it can be done under sedation.

Dilatation and Evacuation - between 15 and 24 weeks of pregnancy

The pregnancy is removed using narrow forceps through the neck of the womb. It is carried out with sedation under 19 weeks and with general anaesthetic over 19 weeks. Treatment undertaken at over 20 weeks may require more than one visit or an overnight stay.

If you are travelling from Ireland we will try and arrange for your consultation and treatment on the same day - plan to be at the clinic for the whole day.

For more information on the different types of abortion treatments click here to visit the main BPAS website