Getting an abortion in Victoria

Getting an abortion involves following these steps:

1. Confirm your pregnancy

2. Talk to a health professional

3. Consider the available types of abortion

4. Find an abortion service

5. Follow up care

 

Steps

1. Confirm your pregnancy

The first step you will need to take is to confirm that you are pregnant. You can do this by:

Find out more about pregnancy testing.

 

2. Talk to a health professional       

You will need to talk to a health professional about the next steps. All of these steps take time so it’s important to take action as soon as you can. Depending on the health service that you go to for an abortion, you will need to consider:

You have the right to accurate and reliable information that will help you to make the right decision for you. Under Victorian law, a health practitioner who has a conscientious objection to providing abortion information must refer any woman seeking information about abortion services to another doctor who doesn't object. If you feel your doctor has not done this you can make a complaint via the Health Complaints Commissioner or Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

 

3. Consider the available types of abortions

Depending on how long you have been pregnant - as well as service availability, cost, and any prior medical conditions that you have - you may have the option of either a medical or surgical abortion.

4. Find an abortion service

You can ask your GP or other healthcare provider about abortion services close to you. You can also call 1800 My Options 1800 696 784 to find out about services in your area, or search for providers.

 
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It is important that you ask your health care provider as many questions as you need to feel safe and comfortable about the procedure, and about what to expect. Some of these questions might include:

Take your time to make sure you have the information you need. Your health care professional should give you the time you need to ensure you fully understand the procedure.

 

Other things to consider

 

5. Follow up care

How you feel after an abortion will depend on your reasons for having one and how comfortable you were about your decision. The majority of women feel relieved and know they made the right decision for them.

After the abortion, some women want to talk about their experiences with a doctor, nurse or professional counsellor. Issues such as physical and emotional recovery, and contraceptive options are usually discussed.

If you find you need additional support, please let your abortion provider know, as some providers may be able to provide follow-up support or refer you to an appropriate support service. You can also find a list of non-biased, professional counselling and support services.