Abortion and COVID-19

Information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Abortion Care.

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  • If you live in England and your pregnancy is under 10 weeks gestation, you may be able to have a medical abortion at home without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic.
  • After you’ve made contact with an abortion provider, you will have a consultation with a clinician on the phone or via a video link. Following the consultation, if you are eligible, and you wish to proceed, the medication will be delivered to your home with clear instructions on how to manage the process.
  • Contact your abortion provider who will discuss the options with you.
  • Yes, it is safe for both abortion pills to be taken at home for early medical abortion.
  • Abortion is a safe procedure for which major complications are rare.
  • You should have access to a 24-hour telephone helpline number with the relevant clinic if you have any concerns.
  • A clinician will discuss possible complications with you in the consultation, and you will be provided with information about possible symptoms, including those which need urgent attention.
  • You can get pregnant almost immediately after an abortion. Most methods of contraception can be started on the same day of your abortion and will protect you straight away.
  • Your abortion provider can arrange to have your method of contraception ready after your abortion.
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This website can only give you general information about contraception. The information is based on evidence-guided research from the World Health Organization and The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. All methods of contraception come with a Patient Information Leaflet which provides detailed information about the method.

Remember – contact your doctor, practice nurse or a contraception clinic if you're worried or unsure about anything.