An abortion may only be performed under certain conditions. Before an abortion you must have counselling at a pregnancy counselling centre.
A counsellor will talk to you about your situation and the various possibilities. He / she will explain the financial and social assistance you can get if you decide to continue with the pregnancy, and inform you about contraceptive methods.
There are two methods for an abortion:
- Abortion with medication: Up to 63 days after your last menstrual period. You will need to take a medicine and then come back on another day to take more medicine. An abortion with medication will cause a miscarriage. You will lose blood for a few days.
- Suction curettage: Up to 14 weeks after your last menstrual period. The doctor will give you a brief general anaesthesia or a local anaesthesia in the cervix. The doctor will suck the uterine lining and the embryo out using a small tube. This will end the pregnancy.