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A medical abortion is a procedure in which medication is used to end a pregnancy up to 9 weeks (63 days).

It is a two-step procedure. The first medication is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone necessary for the pregnancy to continue and the second medication, taken 24 to 48 hours later, is misoprostol which expels the pregnancy. The second step usually takes 4 to 6 hours, but this can vary. Medical abortion is a low-risk option for early termination of pregnancy, with a high success rate.

Confidential and affordable medical abortion services are available at SHQ. Our staff are non-judgemental and are here to support you and your individual decision.

What’s the difference between a medical and surgical abortion?

Accessing Medical Abortion at SHQ

The Abortion Legislation Reform Bill 2023 was implemented on 27 March 2024, significantly changing Western Australia’s abortion laws.  

1. Initial appointment

The first appointment will involve a talk with one of our friendly doctors about options, and what to expect during and after a medical abortion. A referral for an ultrasound and blood test will also be provided at this appointment. This is to confirm the pregnancy and establish how far along you are. These tests cannot be undertaken too early but do need to be completed before your second appointment.  

Your GP may also be able to arrange these investigations for you. If you have a copy of your results, SHQ may be able to proceed with the discussion appointment and medical abortion procedure at your first visit. 

The doctor can also offer a referral to our non-directive unintended pregnancy counselling service. This service is completely optional, free, and available before and after an abortion procedure. 

2. Discussion appointment

After you have received the results of your ultrasound and blood test, and can safely take the medication, you will be given a prescription for MS-2 Step. The prescription can be used at any pharmacy. You will also be given a script for pain relief along with additional information on the procedure and potential complications to look out for.

3. Medical Abortion Procedure

Once your prescription is collected, the first dose containing mifepristone can be taken when convenient for you. The second dose containing misoprostol must be taken 36 to 48 hours later. About 1 – 4 hours after the second tablets are taken, cramping and heavy vaginal bleeding (possibly with large blood clots) will begin and continue over several hours. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, headaches, and fever for about a day following the second dose.

Complications are rare but serious. Those experiencing complications (e.g., excessive bleeding and severe pain) will need to attend their nearest emergency room.

4. Follow-up Appointment

A week later you will need to have a blood test and attend a follow up appointment with your doctor to ensure the abortion was successful and that you are not experiencing any complications. They can also discuss contraception options with you and provide you with a referral to our counselling service if needed.

Have a question?

1800 4 Choice (1800 424 642) is a free helpline that provides confidential support to people experiencing unintended pregnancy. The line is staffed by experienced clinicians who can discuss your options and provide information on abortion care, counselling, and service providers 


Please phone our friendly staff to discuss medical abortion further, or to make an appointment. Medicare rebates apply (costs can vary). You will be provided with more information about the process, as well as after care, by the clinician at your appointment.

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If you are considering a termination of pregnancy, there are time limits in which to make this decision. Unintended pregnancy counselling is available free of charge at SHQ. If you do decide to have an abortion, counselling support is also available post procedure if needed.

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Please note we have limited appointments available and may need to refer you to another clinic during busy times.