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'. 

BPAS offers this service for women with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.

Your treatment options will depend on how many weeks the pregnancy is, your medical suitability and your personal choice.


There are two types of abortion treatment:

Medical abortion: The abortion pill

The abortion pill involves taking medicines to end the pregnancy.

Surgical abortion

Surgical abortion involves a minor operation that may be done with local anaesthetic, with sedation or rarely with general anaesthetic.

Fertility returns almost immediately after an abortion. Most methods of contraception can be started on the same day as your treatment so you can get protected straight away. You will be offered contraception at your BPAS appointment, but can also access this at any of our sexual health clinics after your procedure if this is what you prefer.

For more information on the abortion care service delivered by BPAS please visit www.bpas.org


Common Misconceptions

  • Termination of pregnancy does not affect future fertility
  • You will not have your termination done on the same day as your assessment appointment- but more than 90% of women will have their termination of pregnancy done within 7 days of that appointment.
  • It is safe to have a copper coil,  hormonal coil or implant fitted at the time of surgical termination of pregnancy.
  • Medical termination of pregnancy is not a single tablet.


BPAS  provide impartial, evidence-based advice and counselling regarding:

  • pregnancy options
  • abortion treatment options
  • after an abortion


Contact BPAS for more information at www.bpas.org/abortion-care/considering-abortion/advice-and-counselling