At Double Bay Doctors, we now offer a 'non-surgical' abortion, also known as a medical termination, to patients wishing to access a safe and effective method of terminating a pregnancy up to 9 weeks (63 days) gestation using medication, rather than surgery.
If you need support understanding what pregnancy termination options are available to you, we are here to help.
Dr Alice Jiao understands it is an important decision which takes time and requires impartial and supportive advice.
You are not alone.
One-third of Australian women experience an unintended pregnancy in their lifetime, and 30.4% of these pregnancies will end in abortion (1 in 5 Australian women).
Medical termination is a more accessible and less invasive option than surgical termination and can be provided by qualified GPs.
WHAT IS A MEDICAL TERMINATION?
A medical termination involves taking a short course of medication to terminate the pregnancy and is suitable for early stage pregnancies.
Ideally medical terminations are performed between 5-7 weeks gestation, but can be performed up to 9 weeks gestation.
Medical terminations within 9 weeks gestation is a low-risk, non-surgical procedure with a high 98% success rate.
Medical termination is a two-step process:
The first stage involves taking a tablet which blocks the hormone necessary for the pregnancy to continue.
This is followed by a second medication taken 24-48 hours later, which causes the uterus to contract and the pregnancy to be expelled.
MEDICAL TERMINATION FEES
1) Initial medical termination appointments attract a standard gap fee.
In this appointment, your GP will order a blood test and ultrasound to confirm the viability and duration of the pregnancy.
2) A follow up medical termination appointment should be made after you have undergone the above tests. This is a longer consultation (30 minutes) which attracts a $220 gap fee.
In this appointment, your GP will review your test results, thoroughly explain the 2-step process of a medical termination, outline other options available to you, and provide counselling.
Should you wish to proceed, they will provide you a prescription for the medication.
Your GP will follow up with you over the phone 3 to 4 days after the onset of bleeding. At this time, they will organise your repeat blood tests. This phone consult will be bulk-billed.
3) A review appointment should be made approximately 2 weeks after your follow up consult. This appointment is bulk billed.
This face-to-face appointment involves a review of your blood tests to confirm the termination of pregnancy.
MEDICAL TERMINATION PRACTITIONERS