All methods of termination can lead to complications but these are unusual.
Complications are more common the further advanced the pregnancy, especially after 14 weeks. At present there is insufficient evidence to be certain whether one method of termination is ‘better’ than another.
Some women, especially during medical termination, feel sick and have vomiting and diarrhoea.
Overall, three to five out of every 200 women will experience pain and/or bleeding after a termination requiring them to seek medical advice. In about half of these cases, the termination is not complete, and an operation is necessary to empty the womb. This is slightly more common after a medical termination.
More serious problems (such as severe infection or bleeding and damage to the womb) are much less common (less than 1 in 200 women). More research is needed to find out which method of termination is more acceptable to women. At the RVI we want to find out more about women’s experiences of termination in order to improve our services. To help us to do this you may be invited to take part in a research study. If so, this will be fully explained and it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.
You can choose the method of termination you prefer. It is helpful to keep an open mind until you have had the opportunity to discuss this with the nurse practitioner or doctor.
Teenagers and young adults can be supported by parents and friends. The Nurse Practitioner will however give you the opportunity to discuss issues alone to maintain confidentiality.
You have the right not to have any information passed on to anyone outside the service (like family, friends, doctors, social workers etc) without you knowing about it and agreed to it. The only time this may be different is if you tell us you are in a dangerous situation and by telling someone else this may prevent you being harmed.
If a member of our staff felt that they needed to pass on information without your permission they would still have to inform you what they were going to do.
You may request to be seen by another member of staff if preferred rather than the nurse practitioner. If you have experienced difficulty in travelling to your appointment, or anticipate any problems on discharge, please discuss it with the nurse practitioner at your clinic consultation or a member of staff on the ward on admission.