If you have had a positive pregnancy test and have decided to have an abortion, there are safe and legal options for ending a pregnancy in the UK.
In this blog, you will find information about:
- Medical abortion or “abortion with pills” at home
- Abortion law in the UK
- Accessing abortion pills in Northern Ireland
- How to access the abortion pill in England
At MSI Reproductive Choices UK, we offer surgical abortion up to the legal limit of 23 weeks and six days and medical abortion, also known as “Abortion with pills” up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy.
Abortion pills online: at home medical abortion treatment
A medical abortion, also known as “Abortion with pills” 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.
We offer at-home abortion services (telemedicine) up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. This means that 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.
What is the cost of abortion pills?
98% of abortions in the UK are funded by the NHS. This means that there will be no cost to you. You can access NHS-funded abortion care by getting in touch with an abortion provider like MSI Reproductive Choices to book a consultation. Reminder: Access to our clinics is appointment-only. Please make sure you call us to book your appointment before attending our clinics.
If you live abroad or do not qualify for NHS-funded treatment, you can also access our services privately.
Can I buy abortion pills online?
The Abortion Act 1967 states that an abortion must be authorised by two doctors, so you risk prosecution if you buy abortion pills online in England.
Depending on where they come from, the pills may be ineffective or poor quality. They may also not come with the information you need on how to administer them, or a contact number for aftercare if needed.
By ordering abortion pills online, you are risking your health and liberty and you do not need to. If you want a medical abortion, get in touch with an abortion provider like us who can talk through your options, including whether you are eligible for “abortion pills by post”.
Can I get an abortion pill at the pharmacy?
Pharmacies do not sell abortion pills over the counter. The Abortion Act states that any abortion treatment needs to be authorised by two doctors, and it needs to be delivered by an official and approved abortion provider (like MSI Reproductive Choices). This is why you can’t buy abortion pills from pharmacies like Boots or Superdrug.
Accessing abortion pills from Northern Ireland
If you live in Northern Ireland and the gestation of your pregnancy is under 9 weeks and 6 days, abortion services are provided locally in Northern Ireland.
A surgical abortion involves the pregnancy being removed through your vagina by an experienced doctor, either by using suction (vacuum aspiration) or specialised instruments (dilation and evacuation). We offer surgical abortion 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.
We will help you arrange travel and overnight accommodation. We are here for you.
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.