- Is it legal for me to have an abortion?
The legal position of abortion is different in different states in Australia. There are certain requirements which need to be met in order to legally undertake an abortion, ie. the patient needs to be counselled regarding her options, care is provided by properly trained and registered doctors, the patient signs an informed consent. . The counseling prior to the procedure provides legal documentation, that it would be too risky for the woman’s physical or mental health and/or socioeconomic reasons to continue with the pregnancy. It is very important that women are able to terminate a pregnancy, for their own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, but abortion is not available on demand. At the Sydney abortion clinic we offer surgical and medical termination of pregnancy, assisted by our specially trained doctors and expert nurses. If your pregnancy is 7 weeks or less, you may be able to choose a medical or surgical termination. If your pregnancy is more than 7 weeks, gestation, you can have a surgical termination. If you are between 12 and 15 weeks gestation, you will need to be in the clinic 3 hours prior your procedure for pre medication.
- How much will it cost?
The cost of a surgical termination procedure is made up of different components eg. procedure itself, anaesthetic and theatre fees, drugs and equipment used. The total cost to you on the day will be approximately $700 including an ultrasound scan. Medicare offers a rebate of $415 for the procedure, which can be claimed back immediately. The rest of the fee is non refundable, though some Private Health Funds may cover a proportion of the cost. This means you will be (700-415 ) = $285 out of pocket for the whole procedure. If you have an IUD (intrauterine device) fitted at the time of the procedure, it will be slightly more. For women who have a Health Care Card, the fees are lower. For women who are in very disadvantaged circumstances, some of the fee may be waived, so that essentially she is “bulk billed”, provided she has a Medicare card, though you will still need to pay a theatre fee. A medical termination costs less, at about $450. The total fee for your procedure may vary slightly from these figures, depending on your individual requirements, but we will discuss all this with you at the time of booking, so you know what you are up for.
- Do you screen for STI's?
We routinely screen for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea in all our clients unless they request otherwise. This follows best practice, as Chlamydia infection can often be asymptomatic. It is estimated that 20% of Australian women are infected with Chlamydia. If you don’t have a Medicare card, we will still offer the testing, but as this may incur additional costs ( about $110 for a Chlamydia screening test) , it will be your choice as to whether you take the test. We will also counsel you about full screening for sexually transmitted infection, including blood borne viruses. You should talk to one of our doctors about what testing is appropriate for you.
- How is pregnancy termination performed?
Termination of pregnancy can be undertaken surgically or medically. Surgical termination requires a brief anaesthetic (sedation) and usually is a single straightforward procedure to definitively remove the pregnancy. This is done using suction curettage to gently remove all contents of the uterus. Medical termination means that you take a combination of tablets and vaginal pessaries, allowing the woman to miscarry in her own home, which is usually over a period of approx. 72 hours, though the bleeding may go on for longer. We provide both medical and surgical termination of pregnancy at Sydney Abortion Clinic \.