There are two types of abortion methods:
- medical abortion (the 'abortion pill') — taking medication to end the pregnancy
- surgical abortion — a procedure to remove the pregnancy
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.