(Last updated 19 March 2021)
Covid-19 is changing the way we live and altering the way essential healthcare services are provided. Our priority is continuing to deliver care to the women and pregnant people who need us. During these unprecedented times, and even during the current national lockdown, we are open as usual and have recently launched a brand-new Home Abortion Pills service.
Keep reading for a 4-step guide to get abortion pills if you need them.
What is a medical abortion (abortion pills)?
Abortion is safe and common — 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime.
A medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy. It is the safest treatment option up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy for most people.
The treatment involves taking two types of medicine at two different times to end a pregnancy.
- The first medication, mifepristone, stops the pregnancy from growing by blocking the hormone progesterone, and causes separation of the pregnancy from the wall of the womb.
- The second medication, misoprostol, causes the softening and opening of the cervix (neck of the womb) and contractions of the womb so that the pregnancy passes through the vagina. You will experience cramping and bleeding similar to a miscarriage.
Abortion Pills and Covid-19: What's New?
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the government has approved the use of telemedicine for abortion care: clients will be able to take both pills for medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, without attending a clinic.
This means that if you meet safety criteria to allow for medical abortion without a scan, the abortion medications can either be collected by you from a centre or posted to your home address after your consultation.
REMEMBER: Our network of over 60 clinics will also remain open for anyone who is not eligible for this option and needs, or prefers, to attend a clinic to receive face-to-face care. The choices is yours: if you prefer to meet our nurses and have face-to-face care, we are here for you.
Our advice line is available 24 hours: get in touch for a same day phone consultation appointment.
Your 4-Step Guide to Home Abortion Pills
1. Call our advice line 0345 300 8090
If you have had an unexpected positive pregnancy test, you may have mixed feelings about what to do next. You can always call our FREE advice line on 0345 300 8090: our experienced and trainer agents will be able to advice you and offer FREE counselling telephone appointments.
During this initial telephone consultation, we will discuss your pregnancy options and whether at home abortion is the best for you.
REMEMBER: you don't need a GP referral to access our services.
2. Book a telephone consultation
If you choose to have an abortion, and are eligible for at home abortion (telemedicine), one of our specially trained nurses will call you at an agreed time to discuss your treatment and contraception needs. This would also give you an opportunity to ask any questions about your treatment and what to expect.
We have same day appointments available.
3. Receive your medical abortion pack
Following your consultation, you will have the choice of either collecting the pills from your preferred clinic or having them posted to you. Your Medical Abortion Pack will contain:
- both sets of abortion pills,
- a guide to taking the tablets at home, contraception,
- an STI kit if this is permitted by the NHS in the woman’s area,
- pain relief and an aftercare booklet.
4. Access our dedicated aftercare line
Recovery time after an abortion will be different for everyone, but you'll usually feel better within a few days. However, if you feel like you’re experiencing any problems – either physical or emotional – after the treatment, we’re here to help. You can call our aftercare line 24 hours a day and talk to one of our friendly, experienced nurses. You can always call our dedicated aftercare line: 0345 122 1441.
Visiting an Abortion Clinic
If you don't meet safety criteria to allow for remote consultation, or if you prefer to have an appointment with one of our nurses, we will invite you at one of our over 60 abortion clinics across the UK for a face-to-face appointment.
Why is "At Home Abortion" so Important?
This new service will prevent thousands of women each month from having to make medically unnecessary journeys to abortion clinics while travel restrictions are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting social distancing measures and reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 amongst women, clinic team members including doctors, nurses and midwives and the wider public.
This new "telemedicine" service will bring much needed relief to the thousands of women each month who access abortion care, as well as ease the pressure on abortion providers, so that they can continue to deliver high-quality abortion care to all who need it.
Get in touch to know more
You can always contact us if you have any doubt or would like to ask any questions:
- England, Scotland and Wales: 0345 300 8090
- Northern Ireland: 0333 234 2184
- Ireland: 1 800 200 374
- International: +44 (0) 1454 457 542
You can also use facebook messenger to contact us via social media: MSI Reproductive Choices UK facebook page.