During the Covid outbreak women will routinely have a telephone consultation with a nurse rather than a face to face consultation in the clinic. When you do attend a clinic you cannot bring an escort with you unless:.
When you book your appointment with us, you'll be given the option of having a consultation over the phone, or face-to-face. During the consultation we will talk you through your abortion care options. We will ask about your medical history to make sure that treatment is safe for you. In order to fulfil legal requirements, we will ask what your reasons are for wanting an abortion. If at any time you are uncertain about your decision we can arrange an appointment for you with one of our counsellors.
Continuing with treatment is your decision only, and we will support you whatever you decide. Any information you give will be confidential. We can talk through different options with you and help you find something that works well for you.
During your consultation, your health will be assessed to make sure you are well enough to go ahead with your treatment. This assessment may cover an ultrasound scan if neededyour general health, blood pressure check, blood tests, and tests for sexually transmitted infections STIs.
During your appointment we'll explain these tests to you, how you will receive yourand answer any questions you may have. We maye need to assess how many weeks pregnant you are using ultrasound scanning. Scans use sound waves to build a picture of the inside of the body.
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Scans are completely safe and painless, and are usually done on the abdomen, although if you've been pregnant for 6 weeks or less, we may need to insert a small ultrasound probe into your vagina for clearer imaging. We will not show you the scan images on screen during this process, however if you feel that you would like to see the images you are welcome to ask. Before a surgical abortion, we will check that your blood pressure and pulse rates are at a safe level.
We understand that times of stress or anxiety can affect blood pressure and pulse rate. If your pulse and blood pressure are high, we may suggest that you can have a little walk or a sit down to try to relax. When you feel more relaxed we can assess your blood pressure again. During your abortion treatment appointment we might screen you for the following blood conditions:. During an abortion appointment you may be offered tests for:.
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Before consenting to your abortion, we will explain all of the known side effects, risks, and possible complications of your abortion treatment to you. If you have any questions, a nurse will be able to answer them for you, so please feel free to discuss anything. You'll be asked to read a consent form to say that you understand all potential risks and what the treatment will be like.
We will not proceed with abortion treatment unless you are certain of your decision. We have counsellors that you can speak to on the telephone ahead of your appointment if you would like.
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You can call our aftercare line any time on What to expect A guide to abortion consultation and treatment. Home Abortion services What to expect. We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible when you come for an abortion. So our team will be there to support you at every stage.
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What happens during your consultation We will ask about your medical history to make sure that treatment is safe for you. Learn more about Contraception. What happens during your medical assessment During your consultation, your health will be assessed to make sure you are well enough to go ahead with your treatment.
Ultrasound scan We maye need to assess how many weeks pregnant you are using ultrasound scanning. Blood pressure and pulse rate Before a surgical abortion, we will check that your blood pressure and pulse rates are at a safe level.
Blood tests During your abortion treatment appointment we might screen you for the following blood conditions: Rhesus negative We might test your blood to see if it is rhesus negative RhD negative. If you are RhD negative you will be offered an injection of anti-D immunoglobulin and this will be explained to you in more detail at your appointment.
Anaemia We will test your blood for s of anaemia fewer red blood cells than normal. This is to see if a referral is needed before the abortion, for example to be prescribed iron supplements. Sickle cell If you're identified as being at risk of sickle cell disease, your blood sample will be screened for this.
Sickle cell disease is usually detected during pregnancy and is a blood disorder which affects blood cells. We take this into when making sure treatment is safe for you, and to see if a referral is needed before the abortion.
During an abortion appointment you may be offered tests for: Gonorrhoea HIV Syphillis Chlamydia If we offer you these tests, we strongly advise that you have them as a precaution. Testing for STIs is important so that you can treat any infection as soon as possible to avoid any long term effects. Looking for more information about our abortion services?
Frequently asked questions. Consenting to your abortion Before consenting to your abortion, we will explain all of the known side effects, risks, and possible complications of your abortion treatment to you.
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