Pregnancy remains

If you have an abortion before 9 weeks of pregnancy, you will usually have it at home. You can decide how to dispose of the remains. They can be flushed down the toilet or wrapped in tissue and disposed of as you wish.

If you have an abortion between 9 to 12 weeks, you will have it in a hospital. Hospital staff should explain the options available for disposal of the pregnancy remains.

This will be done in a sensitive manner. They will help you make a decision that is right for you.

If you do not wish to make a decision about your pregnancy remains, the hospital can make a decision for you. They can dispose of the remains.

Page last reviewed: 18 December 2018
Next review due: 18 December 2021

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