Medical termination of early pregnancy requires two medications. The first is called mifepristone which is taken at the clinic. Mifepristone is an anti-hormone that blocks the effects of progesterone, a hormone that is needed to continue a pregnancy.
The second medication is called misoprostol which is taken 24 to 48 hours later in the comfort of your own home. Misoprostol is a prostaglandin, and it causes contractions of the uterus as well as relaxes the cervix to help discharge and terminate the pregnancy.
Both medications work together to terminate an early pregnancy.
Is this for me?
Before you can start a medical termination, you will need to talk to our admission nurse, and our doctor will perform a physical examination. This includes an ultrasound to determine that a medical termination is suitable for your situation.
Here are some of our most Frequently asked questions
What tablets do I take at home?
24 – 48 hours after taking the mifepristone at our clinic, you will need to place four misoprostol tablets between your gum and the cheek and keep them there for 30 minutes. Any undissolved tablet after this time can be swallowed with water. You can take these tablets whenever you like during the time period stipulated.
Will there be much bleeding?
Some women experience bleeding between the first and second medication phases. Vaginal bleeding and cramps following the second medication (at home) are expected as part of the pregnancy termination.
How long does the home medication take?
Pregnancy termination can occur anywhere between 30 minutes and 48 hours after taking the second medication at home, but it is most common within 4 hours. Most women require no further medication; however, if no bleeding has occurred within the first 24 hours after the second lot of medication, you will need to contact the surgery as soon as possible on (07) 3397 1211.
How much does the procedure cost?
Most procedures start at $450. If you have private health insurance, we will check your cover when you make an appointment. Please just note: You cannot claim a hospital visit rebate as you will not be admitted as a patient. With Medicare, we will process the rebate for you. If you do not have Australian cover, please contact us to discuss the best option.
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