In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Government has approved telemedicine for abortions. NUPAS now provide clients with abortion pills at home. This is available for those pregnancies in the first 10 weeks of gestation. Only clients who are deemed suitable will be able to have this service.
If you are considered suitable for the abortion pill following a telephone consultation, you will be posted the treatment to your home address or you can pick the pills up at the closest clinic.
How does the process work?
Below we have highlighted how the process works, helping you to understand the process and navigate through this uncertain time.
- Contact NUPAS via our contact form or phone one of our clinics directly explaining your current situation.
- A member of staff will arrange an appointment via phone call within the next couple of days at a time suitable to you. During this conversation, a full assessment of your situation will take place. This will involve taking a full medical history, dates of your last period etc. We will also conduct a full safeguarding assessment to ensure that you are safe. At the end of the consultation, we should determine if you are suitable to take the pills at home.
- You are then able to choose whether you want the medication posted to your home address or if you want to pick this up from one of our clinics, this option is available too.
What can you expect when taking a medical abortion pill at home?
There are two pills necessary to complete an early medical abortion which must be taken within 48 hours of each other.
The first pill is a Mifepristone tablet, this blocks progesterone, a hormone that is needed for your pregnancy to continue. The mifepristone tablet is taken orally with a glass of water. We then advise that you wait for one to two days before taking the next pill.
After your 24-48-hour break, you will take a Misoprostol tablet which causes the body to expel the pregnancy from the womb. Our pack comes with an instruction leaflet, which provides you with full details on how and when to take the tablets. As the second pill starts the contractions to expel the fetus from the womb, we suggest taking a pain killer 10 minutes before.