Abortion is when a pregnancy is ended so that it doesn’t result in the birth of a child. Sometimes it is called ‘termination of pregnancy’.
As many as one in three women in the UK have an abortion at some time their lives. The decision to have an abortion is not easy and it can be a very emotional time for a woman and her partner if they are involved.
Talking to people you trust and making sure you have accurate information and support can help. It is important that you seek advice as early as possible.
If you decide to have an abortion you will be supported by the NHS to do this in a non judgemental way and in confidence. Abortion is free throughout the NHS.
Abortion is available up to 18 weeks & 6 days gestation in Tayside.
You can be referred by:
Once you have been given plenty of opportunities to discuss your pregnancy and you have decided that you do not wish to continue with it, an appointment will be made at either PRI or Ninewells clinics. If your doctor/nurse has given you a letter, please take it with you to the hospital.
The appointment at the hospital will last approximately an hour. Staff will make sure that you are comfortable with your decision. You can change your mind at any time before it starts. Staff will ensure your right to confidentiality.
There are three types of abortion available depending on how far along the pregnancy is and your current health. For information on what’s involved click here
Having an abortion can be an emotional and traumatic experience for some women, and counselling can help support you through this time. Post termination counselling is available through the NHS or through independent organisations. You will be given this information either at Ninewells or PRI.