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Termination of pregnancy (abortion)

Finding yourself with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is a huge challenge for all women. If you decide the right decision for you is not to go ahead with the pregnancy, then you simply need to call BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) and book an appointment to see them.

This services is provided free of charge and you do not need to pay for the appointment, as this service is purchased by Southampton CCG & Solent NHS Trust.

There are two forms of termination available. The first is called "medical termination" (EMA) and involves taking a pill or inserting a pessary into the vagina and is available up to 9 weeks in to pregnancy. The second is a short operation (called surgical termination, TOP or STOP) that is normally carried out as a day-case procedure at the hospital and will take a day or two to recover from.

The process in Southampton consists of two appointments. The first appointment is for a ultrasound scan to confirm the date of the pregnancy, an assessment and the completion of the legal paperwork. The second appointment is then for either the medical or surgical termination.

It is absolutely essential that you also organise some follow on contraception to avoid a repetition and we are very happy to help you with this.