Surgical Termination of Pregnancy

In some circumstances, you might find that you require a surgical termination of pregnancy, this is also commonly called an abortion or S.T.O.P. 

Surgical terminations are performed for pregnancies where the fetus is no longer viable, for medical and for highly personal reasons. 

A surgical termination of pregnancy differs from a medical termination of pregnancy. A medical termination can be undertaken very early in a pregnancy via medication that you take at home under guidance from your doctor. Your local GP can assist you with a medical termination.

After approximately six weeks gestation, a medical termination may not be suitable and you will require a surgical termination. 

The procedure. 

First of all, call the rooms to make an appointment. 

  1. At your appointment we will discuss the appropriate treatment for your personal health and go through the options available 
  2. If you then require a STOP, an appointment will be made at Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital. 
  3. On the day of your procedure, you will be admitted as a day patient, you will not be required to stay overnight. The procedure is conducted under a general unaesthetic. I recommend allowing yourself an additional 24 – 48 hours to fully recover, however you should feel comfortable to resume daily activities. 

To make a confidential appointment to discuss a surgical termination of pregnancy, please call our rooms, or email the team.

Author: Dr Peter England, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.
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For additional information and support about surgical termination of pregnancy:

SANDS – Medically Advised Termination information.

Reach Out – ReachOut is an online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia and provides information about the different types of abortion in Australia and where you can seek support.

1800MyOptions – For information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria