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How does a medical abortion work and what are the side effects?

Abortion  •  27 March 2023  •  2 min read



Abortions are very safe when performed or assisted by specialists. The World Health Organization says that the risk of death from a safe abortion is lower than death caused by continuing with pregnancy. However, any medical treatment or surgical procedure carries some side effects.

In this blog, you will find information about: 

  • The abortion pill process 
  • A video explaining medical abortion care, and what side effects to expect
  • MSI UK’s counselling service 
  • How to get in touch with us 

Abortion pill process 

In this short video, Dr Yvonne Neubauer explains what to expect when you take medical abortion pills: what’s in the pack that you will receive, how to take the pills and what to expect in terms of side effects.

Should I have an abortion? Counselling options available

If you are not sure about what you want to do or would like to talk to someone, you can speak to one of our MSI UK counsellors who offer confidential support. There is no pressure, and they will help you make the right decision for you, whether that is having an abortion or choosing to continue with the pregnancy. 

Our counselling team is available any time you need to talk before, during and after your treatment, even if your abortion was some years ago.  

Call us on 03453008090 to arrange a counselling appointment.  

Get in touch

At MSI Reproductive Choices, we are here for you and there are a number of ways you can contact us.    

You can always get in touch should you have any questions about our services, would like to book an appointment or you have had treatment with us and want aftercare support.  



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