Types of abortion

There are two types of abortion methods:

You can have a medical or surgical abortion up to 12 weeks into your pregnancy.

In exceptional circumstances, an abortion can take place after 12 weeks if there:

  • is a risk to your life
  • are problems with the development of the foetus

You may have a choice of abortion methods, although this isn’t always possible.

If you are under 9 weeks pregnant, your GP or doctor will advise you to have a medical abortion.

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