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Types of Abortion: Medical and Surgical

Abortion  •  27 March 2023  • 3 min read



There are two types of abortion: a medical abortion, also called an ‘abortion with pills’, and a surgical abortion. We offer both medical and Surgical abortion care services and counselling through our network of MSI Reproductive Choices clinics in the UK.

In this blog, you will find information on: 

  • The difference between medical and surgical abortions 
  • A video that explains the difference between the two treatment types 
  • Our counselling service 
  • How to get in touch with us 

What abortion treatments are available?

A medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two types of medicine at two different times. It is the safest treatment option up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy for most people. 

At MSI Reproductive Choices, we offer both face-to-face and at-home abortion services (telemedicine) up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. If you meet safety criteria to allow for a medical abortion without a scan, you can take both sets of pills at home, without needing to attend a clinic. The abortion medication can either be collected by you from one of our clinics or posted to your home address after your consultation. Or, if you’d prefer, you can access medical abortion care from one of our clinics across England

Asurgical abortion is a safe and simple procedure carried out by specialist doctors in a clinic and involves the pregnancy being removed through your vagina, either by using suction (vacuum aspiration) or specialised instruments (dilation and evacuation). We offer surgical abortions up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. The type of surgical abortion procedure we offer you will depend on how many weeks you have been pregnant and your medical history.  

In the short video below, Dr Yvonne Neubauer – Associate Clinical Director at MSI Reproductive Choices UK – explains the difference between the two methods of abortion and provides more information about the treatment involved. 

Abortion counselling is available

At MSI Reproductive Choices we provide abortion counselling services for anyone who would like to talk through their abortion options before booking their consultation appointment. Counselling is available at any time before, during and after your treatment, if you need to talk. 

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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