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At Home Abortion Pills - Telemedicine

Call our 24/7 advice line 0345 300 8090 to arrange a phone consultation and receive your abortion pills

We offer At Home Abortion Pills (Telemedicine)

In response to the current Covid 19 pandemic, the government has approved the use of telemedicine for abortion care: clients will be able to take both pills for medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, without attending a clinic.

This means that if you meet safety criteria to allow for medical abortion without a scan, the abortion medications can either be collected by you from a centre or posted to your home address after your consultation.

At Home Abortion Pills - Telemedicine Service

We have a FREE 24/7 advice line available for you. Contact us for your abortion telemedicine service.

How to receive your abortion pills by post

Dr Yvonne Neubauer is Marie Stopes UK's Associate Clinical Director: she is passionate about delivering safe abortion care to all pregnant people considering this option.

In this video she explains how the new "At home abortion pills" service works, how to receive your pills by post, and how to get in touch with us if you would need to.

Our network of over 60 clinics will also remain open for anyone who is not eligible for this option and needs, or prefers, to attend a clinic to receive face-to-face care.

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What to expect during treatment

A medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two types of medicine at two different times. It is the safest treatment option up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy for most people.

  • Taking the first tablet

The first medication that is taken, called mifepristone, blocks the hormone needed for pregnancy to grow. You will receive a package containing your abortion tablets. It is important to have 24-48h between the first and second tablets. Take your first tablet (mifepristone) when you receive the package.

  • Taking the second tablet

A second medication is called misoprostol, which causes the body to expel the pregnancy from the womb. Misoprostol causes the softening and opening of the cervix (neck of the womb) and contractions of the womb, so that the pregnancy can pass through the vagina. We recommend taking some pain relief tablets 10 minutes before taking misoprostol. You can take misoprostol between 24-48 hours after you have taken the first tablet (mifepristone).

Your Medical Abortion Information Booklet

This booklet will give you information about what to expect during treatment and the advice you need after your medical abortion. It is important that you read this information.

Medical abortion visiting our clinics

During your initial consultation, we will assess your eligibility for remote medical abortion. This means that if you don't meet safety criteria to allow for remote consultation, we will invite you at one of our over 60 clinics across the UK for a face-to-face appointment.

It is important to know that you need to be at least 6 weeks pregnant to have a face-to-face appointment (this is because we may need to carry out an ultrasound scan). Our advisors will help you with planning your appointment and answer any questions you may have. 

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What happens during your appointment

When you arrive at the clinic

When you arrive at one of our clinics, you will have a medical assessment with one of our specialist nurses. They may need to confirm how many weeks you are pregnant with an ultrasound scan.

Medical history and contraceptive options

Our specialist nurses will  discuss your medical history, talk about contraceptives, and go through the medical abortion process with you in detail. 

Abortion pills and aftercare

Our specialist nurses will advise you on how to take your abortion pills and aftercare. Our nurses will be there to answer any questions and to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during and after your treatment.

Your care does not end when you leave the clinic

Our nurses can answer any questions you have after your treatment, and are available on our 24-hour aftercare line - 0345 122 1441.

You don't need a GP referral

Call us any time to discuss your options with one of our nurses

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What happens during a medical abortion

During a medical abortion it's likely you'll experience strong cramping and heavy bleeding for a few hours, although this varies for each person. 

The abortion will usually begin within a few hours, and is usually fully complete within 1 - 2 days. During this time it would be expected for you to pass the pregnancy tissue and blood clots that may range in size from small (the size of a pound coin) to quite large (the size of a lemon) – this is a normal part of the abortion process.

Every person is different, and will experience different levels of pain and bleeding. We will let you know when to take further pain relief at your appointment, if required. Once the pregnancy has been passed, your bleeding will usually become less. It may continue to be quite heavy for a day or two as the womb needs to return to its normal size.

Our medical abortion aftercare booklet will give you the aftercare information and advice you need after your abortion. You can download it here.

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The nurse in charge of my care was so caring and understanding and made everything a whole lot easier for me.
Jessica
Bury

What is the difference between the ‘morning after pill’ and the abortion pill?

It's important to know the difference betweek the two pills, and recognise when you need one or the other, and where to find them.

The Morning After Pill: Emergency Contraception

The ‘morning after pill’ is an emergency contraceptive: though often called the morning after pill, it can actually be taken up to 96 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is a progesterone-only hormone pill and works by delaying the release of an egg from an ovary, therefore preventing pregnancy. There is just one pill to take. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the greater the chances of avoiding pregnancy.

Read more about emergency contraception at this link.

The Abortion Pill: Medical Abortion

A medical abortion (or “abortion pill” as it sometimes called) involves taking two different types of medicine - mifepristone and misoprostol - at different times, to end an existing pregnancy. At Marie Stopes UK you can use this method of abortion up to 9 weeks + 6 days of pregnancy.

Looking for more information about medical abortion?

You’ll find answers to the questions people ask most about medical abortion here. If you can’t find out the information you need, please call us on 0345 300 8090.

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