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I just found out that am pregnant what are my options 

You have three options when facing an unplanned pregnancy. You can carry the pregnancy to term and raise a child yourself; you can continue with the pregnancy and place the child for adoption or in foster care or you can choose to have an abortion to terminate the pregnancy. It’s important that you take the time to consider all of your options and discuss the issue with your partner, a friend or a family member (if you feel safe and comfortable doing so). Ultimately the decision of whether or not to continue with the pregnancy should be yours.

what safe abortions options are available? 

There are two options available to you which are the  Medical Process (4-9 weeks) and the Surgical Abortion (4-20 weeks).

what if am not sure i am pregnant? 

All our centres offer abdominal scans/ultrasounds as well as pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant and, if so, what is the stage of the pregnancy.

At what age is it legal to havge an abortion? 

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act states that a women can have an abortion at any age- you should never be denied the service because of your age. If you’re young we advise you to chat to a trusted adult (a parent, aunt or teacher) and ask someone to accompany you to the centre for your appointment, but this is not required.

What will happen during my first appointement meeting? 

You will have a consultation with a nurse who will explain your options to you. She or he will take your medical history, it is important to be honest and disclose a full history, your confidentiality is assured. She or he will then perform a physical examination, including a vaginal exam to determine the stage of your pregnancy. This may include an abdominal ultrasound/scan.

If you are more than 12 weeks pregnant your procedure will need to be performed by a doctor. We may need to book an appointment for you to return on a separate day, depending on the doctor’s availability.

why do you only start offering abortion at 4 weeks? 

Before 4 weeks a pregnancy can be difficult to detect on a scan or by doing a physical exam. Sometimes even at 4 or 5 weeks a pregnancy can be too small to detect on a scan and you may be asked to rebook and visit the centre in another week. This is for your own good

why do you stop offering abortion at 20 weeks? 

The law which governs abortion in South Africa restricts procedures at 20 weeks except in some cases where there is a threat to the woman’s health. Therefore we are to provide abortion services up to 20 weeks.

what are the differences between the two options?

Medical Process abortion, sometimes referred to as the abortion pill, uses pills/tablets to terminate a pregnancy. The first set of tablets is taken orally in the clinic and the second set is taken later at home. Early surgical abortion (4-12 weeks) involves a gentle suction method, which the nurse will use to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. This is a very quick and simple procedure that takes less than 5 minutes. The Surgical abortion (12- 20 weeks) is a surgical procedure where the pregnancy is removed vaginally it is performed by a doctor.

which option is better? 

Neither option is better than the other- it’s a question of both personal choice and medical history that will determine the method that is best for you. Some women say they prefer to finish the procedure in one day, others feel that the medical process more suits their lifestyle. A nurse will provide all the details to help you decide during your consultation.

How do i know which option i am eligible to?

On the day of your appointment one of our supportive nurses will offer you a consultation session, including a physical exam. Once the stage of your pregnancy is confirmed you’ll be asked some questions about your medical history- it’s important to provide all of the relevant information requested (i.e. if you have a blood disorder like anemia or deep vein thrombosis)

What if i had a cesarean section? 

Your eligibility for the abortionProcess may be affected by previous pregnancies and deliveries. It will depend on how many cesarean sections you have had and how recently.

what if i think am still pregnant after abortion? 

In around 1% of medical processes the pregnancy may continue even after taking the medication. If you have continued symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting or breast tenderness you should come visit the doctor or nurse at sevice. A positive pregnancy test 2 to 3 weeks after your process began does not indicate a continued pregnancy. This may just be caused by the pregnancy hormones still in your system. If the pregnancy is continuing after the Process we will perform theSurgical Procedure at our offices at no costs