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How Long Does It Take to Get an Abortion?

Timing is important when it comes to abortion as there are limits on when different types of pregnancy termination can be performed. If you’re considering your options during pregnancy then you may be wondering how long it will take to complete the process.

Arranging Your Initial Consultation

If you’re pregnant and thinking about abortion, then it’s important to talk to a doctor about your options. You can go to see your GP first or make an appointment directly at a private abortion clinic such as 132 Healthwise. The process will be faster if you go straight to the abortion clinic and you should be able to get an appointment quickly if you choose private care.

You won’t have the abortion at your first visit to the clinic. The initial consultation is just a chance for you to talk to the doctor. You’ll have a chance to talk about the pregnancy, your reasons for considering abortion, and what your options are. The doctor will ensure that you understand all your choices and support you as you make your decision.

Making Your Decision About Abortion

You don’t have to make your mind up about abortion right away. If you aren’t ready to make a decision during the consultation, you can go home to think about it. You won’t be rushed into your decision, so take as much time as you need to consider it carefully. You can get in touch with the clinic again if you decide to go ahead with an abortion.

However, if you are sure that you want to end your pregnancy, you can make the arrangements right away. Everyone’s decision-making process is different. Some people come to the 132 Healthwise abortion clinic already feeling sure about what they want to do. Others need more time to think.

How Long Does a Medical Abortion Take?

A medical abortion involves taking two different pills, two days apart. You will therefore need to arrange two appointments at the clinic. You will need to go home after taking the second pill to wait for the abortion to happen. It’s important to rest for at least a couple of days.

Medical abortions are performed up to 9 weeks into the pregnancy, so you will need to arrange your appointments before this date if you want to have one.

How Long Does a Surgical Abortion Take?

If you’ve having a surgical abortion then you will only need one appointment to complete the procedure. You should expect to be at the hospital for a few hours and you’ll need to rest at home for at least a couple of days afterwards.

Surgical abortions are usually performed between 9 and 19 weeks at the 132 Healthwise clinic. You can have a manual vacuum aspiration up to 12 weeks. Surgical terminations can be performed up to 19 weeks. You should keep these time limits in mind when making your appointments.

Recovery Times for Abortions

You should plan to take it easy for at least a week after having a pregnancy termination. You will be bleeding fairly heaving for at least a couple of days after a medical abortion. The bleeding is usually lighter for a surgical termination, but you may be feeling sore and drowsy from the sedative or anaesthetic. You shouldn’t push yourself too hard, just start getting back to your normal routine as your body feels ready.

How Quickly Can You Get an Abortion?

Abortion isn’t something that should be rushed. You should always take as much time as you need to consider your decision. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be forced to wait to get the treatment you want. You might be suffering from pregnancy symptoms, close to the time limit for the type of abortion you want, or simply have a very busy lifestyle.

If you make an appointment at a private abortion clinic like 132 Healthwise then you should be able to see a doctor within 24 hours. You can arrange your abortion as soon as you’ve seen the doctor and made your decision, so the whole process could be over within a few days. However, it depends on you. You are in charge of your care and you can take as much or as little time as you need to make your decisions.

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