Termination of pregnancy

In Victoria, there are no legal complications regarding a termination before 24 weeks of pregnancy and there is no requirement for either partner consent or pre-treatment counselling.

Termination of pregnancy can be performed both medically and surgically.  TMG offers medical termination, which is available until 63 days (9 weeks) of pregnancy. Medical termination is a simple, safe and non-invasive method of terminating a pregnancy that is 98% effective (only slightly lower than surgical termination).

The process involves taking two medications:

  1. Mifepristone (RU486) to block the hormone required for a pregnancy to continue
  2. Misoprostol to soften the cervix promote uterine contraction to pass the pregnancy

In general, a medical termination of pregnancy will require 3 appointments.

At this 30 minute appointment, your doctor will assess whether medical termination of pregnancy is suitable for you. Although not common, medical termination of pregnancy is not safe or appropriate for some women.

Your doctor will then organise for you to undergo a few investigations:

  • Blood tests (taken onsite)
  • Vaginal swabs (taken onsite)
  • Ultrasound to determine the stage of your pregnancy and to make sure you do not have an ectopic pregnancy (performed at the radiology provider of your choice)
You doctor will give you an information document to review before your second appointment. This document can also be downloaded here.
 
This appointment may not be necessary if you have already had the above investigations completed with another doctor. If this is the case, please make sure these results are available for your first appointment with us.

At this appointment, your doctor will review your results and ensure it is safe for you to proceed. They will review the information document with you. If you choose to proceed, your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form and prescribe the medication.

Your doctor will also discuss other medication options to treat potential side effects of the procedure.

The process and timing for taking the medications is detailed in the information document and involves:

  1. At your chosen time: swallowing one (1) mifrepristone tablet
  2. 36-48 hours later: placing four (4) misoprostol tablets inside your cheek for 30 minutes (you can swallow any remaining tablet after this 30 minutes
Your doctor will discuss what to expect following the medication. This information will also be provided in your information document.

The third appointment takes place 3 weeks after you have taken the medications. This is important to:

  1. Confirm the pregnancy has ended (usually only requires a urine test, but may involve further blood tests or ultrasound)
  2. Address any concerns or complications
  3. Discuss contraception options to avoid future unintended pregnancies

With medicare

  • Includes appointments, investigations and medications
  • APPROX TOTAL: $340 ($240 for telehealth or if eligible for reduced fee)

Without medicare

  • Includes appointments, investigations and medications
  • APPROX TOTAL: $1045 ($985 for telehealth)