Welcome Women's Choice Clinic

At this Women’s clinic, we believe all women are free to make their own choices about their own lives, bodies and family needs. Our clinic supports reproductive choice and freedom. We are about the well being of women and offer safe, legal and same day abortion services and a variety of women’s health services including treatment of pelvic pain, painful sex, fibroids and heavy periods. We also sell and deliver abortion pills to clients who are distant from our clinics or to those who wish to undertake the termination process in the comfort of their homes. We deliver sensitive and compassionate care to all our patients in a safe and friendly environment where your confidentiality is assured. At the Women’s Clinic we are especially attuned to giving women the utmost support required at this difficult time. It is often a difficult and emotional decision to have a termination of pregnancy. Your personal circumstances will probably be a factor in your decision. You’re bound to have a range of feelings, from sadness, confusion, fear, loss, anger or relief but  if you have already decided to have an abortion, be assured that you are not alone. Our team is selected with the criteria of empathy in mind, and being highly qualified professionals, you are guaranteed exemplary services and compassionate support in this matter.

 

Before the abortion

When you go for your first appointment, you should be given the opportunity to talk about your situation (if you want to). You will be informed about the different methods of abortion, and which method is suitable for your stage of pregnancy. You will also be advised about any related risks and complications.

The doctor or nurse will take your medical history to make sure the type of abortion you are offered is suitable for you. You will have a blood test to check your blood group and to see if you are anaemic (have a reduced number of red blood cells).

Before having an abortion, you may also need to have an ultrasound (if there is any doubt about how many weeks pregnant you are. 

You may also be given information and advice about which method of contraception to use after the abortion.

Safety

In order to ensure your safety, physicians are state licensed, board eligible and/or board certified obstetricians and gynaecologists who are highly trained and have extensive experience performing abortions. This expertise minimizes the risks involved in an abortion. Their personal dedication to abortion services continues to ensure that women maintain the right and the opportunity to choose to have an abortion.

Confidentiality

Our physician members all respect the confidentiality of all patient interactions. If you choose to include your spouse, partner, parent, other family member, or friend in your visit to our office, we will welcome their participation and address any concerns that they may have. If you choose to maintain strict confidentiality, we will support you in this decision. We recognise how difficult and sensitive the issue of an unplanned pregnancy can be. Having worked in this field of health care for many years, this clinic was established with one important goal in mind - to make your experience one in which you feel calm, informed, dignified and safe. Being a boutique clinic we aim to make your visit very personalised and private, so you are treated one on one with our staff.

Abortion by the Pill

The Abortion Pill:
Medical Abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol

What is the Medical Abortion?


 Medical abortion is a procedure that uses various medications to end a pregnancy. A medical abortion is started either in a doctor's office or at home with visits to your health care provider. Medical abortion doesn't require anaesthesia or surgery, but it should  be done early in pregnancy. Unlike a surgical procedure, a medical abortion usually is done without entering the uterus. 

 

During the procedure
Medical abortion can be done using the following medications: 

 

  • Oral mifepristone and oral misoprostol. This is the most common type of medical abortion, likely due to the ease of oral rather than vaginal dosing. These medications must be taken within seven weeks of the first day of your last period. Mifepristone (mif-uh-PRIS-tone) — also known as RU-486 — blocks the action of the hormone progesterone, causing the lining of the uterus to thin and preventing the embryo from staying implanted and growing. Misoprostol (my-so-PROS-tol) causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina. If you choose this type of medical abortion, you must visit your health care provider twice to take the medications and then afterward to make sure the abortion is complete.

 

  • Oral mifepristone and vaginal, buccal or sublingual misoprostol. This type of medical abortion uses the same drugs as the previous method, but a slowly dissolving misoprostol tablet is placed in your vagina (vaginal route), or in your mouth between your teeth and cheek (buccal route), or under your tongue (sublingual route). The vaginal approach lessens side effects and may fail less often,  These medications must be taken within twelve weeks of the first day of your last period.

 

  • Methotrexate injection and vaginal misoprostol. This type of medical abortion must be done within seven weeks of the first day of your last period. Methotrexate is given as a shot by your health care provider and the misoprostol is later used at home. You must visit your health care provider within a week of getting a methotrexate shot for an ultrasound to confirm if the abortion is complete. If the pregnancy continues, another dose of misoprostol will be given.

 

  • Vaginal misoprostol alone. This method may be used over a broader range of gestational ages, but requires scheduling multiple doses of the medication. Vaginal misoprostol alone can be effective in promoting the completion of a miscarriage — a spontaneous abortion where the embryo has died.

The medications used in a medical abortion cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. They may also cause:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

You may be given medications to manage pain during and after the medical abortion. You may also be given antibiotics.

Your health care provider will explain how much pain and bleeding to expect, depending on the number of weeks of your pregnancy. You might not be able to go about your normal daily routine during this time, but it's unlikely you'll need bed rest. Make sure you have plenty of absorbent sanitary pads.

If you have a medical abortion in a health care provider's office or clinic, you'll have a pelvic exam before you're given additional doses of misoprostol to see if the foetus has been expelled. The frequency and strength of your uterine contractions also will be monitored. While the most discomfort may last one to two hours, spotting before and bleeding after could last two weeks.

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