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Medical and surgical terminations

Abortion

If you decide to terminate your pregnancy our team are on hand to manage your psychological and physical well-being

About

Medical and surgical terminations are a way of ending a pregnancy, either through the use of medications or through a surgical procedure. This is a safe procedure for which the majority of women experience no complications. In the UK it is permitted up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

Need to know

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    Your consultant will determine which termination is most suitable for you. For a medical termination you will need to attend hospital twice, on two separate occasions. On the first you will be given medication to block the hormones helping the pregnancy to continue. On the second you will be given a hormone that makes your womb expel the pregnancy. This usually happens within six hours. A surgical termination involves opening your entrance to the uterus until it is wide enough for the pregnancy to be removed with a suction tube. An ultrasound may be done at the same time to reduce the risk of complications and ensure the pregnancy is removed.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for this procedure.
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    Depending on how far into the pregnancy the termination happens, you may need to stay in hospital overnight. You are likely to experience some pain and discomfort, regardless of the type of termination you have. Our dedicated nursing team will be on hand to offer painkillers. You will be put in touch with psychological support, if you feel you need it. It is normal to continue to bleed for a few days after the procedure. You will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. You will be given the contact details of a member of the nursing team for you to contact should you have any queries or concerns post-procedure.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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