Abortion FAQ

I just found out that I am pregnant, what are my options?

You have three options when facing an unplanned pregnancy. You can carry the pregnancy to term and raise a child yourself; you can continue with the pregnancy and place the child for adoption or in foster care or you can choose to have an abortion to terminate the pregnancy. It’s important that you take the time to consider all of your options and discuss the issue with your partner, a friend or a family member (if you feel safe and comfortable doing so). Ultimately the decision of whether or not to continue with the pregnancy should be yours.

 What if I want to have an abortion?

If you choose to have an abortion, ensure you choose a safe and legal provider like us,  South Africa, as there are many unsafe, backstreet abortion providers out there. Coming to our centers is easy, you just need to book an appointment online or call. Our team will tell you what to expect and let you know what plans to make for the day of your appointment.

 What safe abortion options are there?

There are two options available to you which are the Medical Process (4-9 weeks) and the Surgical Abortion (4-20 weeks).

 What if I’m not sure I’m pregnant?

All our centers offer abdominal scans/ultrasounds as well as pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant and, if so, the stage of the pregnancy.

 At what age is it legal to do abortion?

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act states that women can have an abortion at any age- you should never be denied the service because of your age. If you’re young we advise you to chat to a trusted adult (a parent, aunt or teacher) and ask someone to accompany you to the center for your appointment, but this is not required.

What will happen during my appointment?

You will have a consultation with a nurse who will explain your options to you. She or he will take your medical history, it is important to be honest and disclose a full history, your confidentiality is assured. She or he will then perform a physical examination, including a vaginal exam to determine the stage of your pregnancy. This may include an abdominal ultrasound/scan.
If you are more than 12 weeks pregnant your procedure will need to be performed by a doctor. We may need to book an appointment for you to return on a separate day, depending on the doctor’s availability.