The following are a series of general questions most often asked by our patients either over the phone or on arrival at the clinic.
We hope that these may assist you in some way and if there is anything else we can do to assist you please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
Can I become pregnant whilst using contraception?
Even when used correctly and consistently, all contraceptive methods can fail. There are two types of contraceptive failures: User failure and method failure.
Can a female under the age of 16 access an abortion?
In Queensland, females under the age of 16 can access an abortion but are preferred to have a legal guardian present. This is not necessary however due to a legal precedent set by the Fraser Competence Ruling. Terminations of pregnancies performed on a young person without parental consent is at the discretion of each individual abortion provider.
In some circumstances, if a person under the age of 18 refuses to consent to a procedure, parents or the court can overrule their decision.
At present, regulations exist on procedures performed on day surgeries on patients under the age of 14. People under the age of 14 must have permission from the Queensland Government to have a termination.
Is surgical abortion safe?
Even though abortion is a surgical procedure with minimal risks and complications, the first trimester (before 12 weeks) D&C procedure (Dilation and Curettage) that we perform is relatively minor and extremely safe.
Will I need someone to drive me?
If you are having a surgical termination or a contraceptive procedure with anaesthetic, you will need someone to drive you home. In Australia, you are not legally insured to drive or operate a vehicle for 24 hours following an anaesthetic.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is relatively quick, only lasting for approximately 8 minutes. However, you will be at our clinic for 3 – 6 hours in total.
Will having an abortion affect my chances of conceiving in the future?
Surgical abortion is 20 times safer than childbirth when the procedure is performed in the first trimester. Infections are the greatest threat to fertility, NOT abortion.
Will there be protestors at the clinic when I arrive?
Protestors are entitled by law to rally their opinions on matters. We do experience protestors on occasions at the front of our clinic. They generally protest on the council land near Logan Road so we cannot do anything to move them out of that area. However, if they are on our property or approach you and talk to you, we can have the police come and assess the situation.
Can I get financial help for your services?
You can call Children by Choice (1800 177 725) who may be able to assist you financially. Financial assistance is not guaranteed and is based on individual circumstances.
If I have had a surgical termination and have taken a pregnancy test that has turned up positive, does this mean I am still pregnant?
Pregnancy tests can still be positive for up to two weeks following a surgical termination.
How can it be too early to have an abortion?
In order to have an abortion, your physician must be able to confirm that there is a pregnancy in your uterus. At Greenslopes Day Surgery, we use an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. If you are too early in the pregnancy, it may be too small to be detected or seen on the ultrasound. At this stage, the likelihood of missing all or part of the pregnancy tissue is high and can result in an incomplete abortion. In order to avoid this, we ask that you wait until you are at least 5 weeks into the pregnancy, when the pregnancy becomes visible on an ultrasound.
In addition, we will need to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus before attempting a termination. In rare cases, the pregnancy may be developing outside of the uterus or in one of the fallopian tubes. This is called an ectopic pregnancy, and may require immediate emergency care. Using an ultrasound before your procedure will help us to rule out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy before starting your procedure.
Is it safe to have more than one abortion?
Yes, having an abortion is very safe. An abortion procedure in the first trimester is considerably safer than bearing a child. While there are risks with an abortion procedure every time you have one, there is no research that shows having more than one abortion procedure will cause increased risk to you, your future health, or your fertility.
However, pregnancy in general does carry risks and having many pregnancies – regardless of whether the pregnancies end in abortion or not – may increase some of these risks. Because of this, it is extremely important that you share your health history and a detailed pregnancy history with your medical provider to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality of care for your individual needs.
What will I feel emotionally after my procedure?
Women express a wide range of feelings after an abortion. From sadness to relief and from anger to grief, a mix of emotions is normal. There is no right or wrong way to feel after an abortion. It is important that you consider your feelings carefully and try not to ignore them. If you find that you would like help in coping with any emotions that you are experiencing after your abortion, we can refer you to expert counselling services who are free of charge.