Once you’ve decided that abortion is the right choice for your pregnancy, what should you do to get ready for the termination? Here is some advice to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for you.
Plan Your Journey
Make sure that you know exactly where you are going, when you should be there, and how you will travel.
- If you are having a medical abortion then you will need to visit the clinic twice, two days apart. You will be able to go home right after taking the abortion pill, but you will begin bleeding a few hours after taking the second pill so make sure that you’re not travelling too far.
- If you are having a surgical abortion, then you must arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home after the procedure. You will be feeling drowsy from the sedative or anaesthetic, so you won’t be able to drive and shouldn’t use public transport alone.
You don’t have to bring anyone with you to the appointment, but it can help to have a friend, partner or family member there to support you.
Pack Your Bag
Make sure that you have everything you’ll need with you when you come to the clinic for your abortion.
- Any medical notes, referral letters or other information relating to the abortion
- Any medications you are taking
- Payment details
- Sanitary pads (choose ones that are suitable for a heavy flow)
- An extra pair of comfortable underwear
- Glasses and a contact lens kit if you wear them and you’re having a surgical abortion, as you may need to take them out for the procedure
- Books, magazines or other distractions for the journey and while you’re waiting to be discharged after a surgical termination
Find Out What You Can Eat
Make sure that you follow your doctor’s advice if you’re told to stop eating and drinking before the procedure. You might need to do this if you’re having a surgical abortion.
Get Ready for Recovery
You should plan to take at least a couple of days off when you’re having an abortion, especially if it will be a surgical termination under general anaesthetic. Even if you have a medical abortion, you’ll still feel sore and be bleeding for a while. It’s also difficult to predict how you’ll feel after the abortion, so it’s best to ensure you don’t have any work, family or social engagements for a few days.
You should prepare for your recovery by:
- Arranging time off work or help with responsibilities like childcare
- Asking a friend or partner for some extra help at home
- Preparing a comfortable space for yourself to relax
- Making sure your fridge and cupboards are well stocked
- Having some distractions ready to help you to rest and relax