It is legal to get an abortion up until your 20th week of pregnancy in South Africa. It’s been this way since November 1996. Termination can be performed after the 20th week, but only if your life is at risk or your baby.
Pregnancy Termination can be Carried out using either a medical (Abortion Pills) or surgical process. The correct process for your termination will depend on the stage of your pregnancy as well as your preference. At Dr Dolo Abortion Clinic we offer both Procedures.
You have the option to choose between a medication abortion (also known as abortion pills). An aspiration abortion (also known as a surgical abortion, D&C procedures, or an in-clinic abortion). Your choice may depend on how far along a pregnancy is. The time each method takes, and whether you prefer to be mainly at home or in the clinic. procedures can also vary country-to-country. Contact Dr Dolo for More Information
Medication abortion is an abortion using pills that you swallow, or that are put through the vagina, in the cervix. This type of abortion can be done as soon as pregnancy begins, and is usually available until week 10-12 of pregnancy, and sometimes later, depending on where you live.
Aspiration abortion is a procedure to remove the contents of the uterus. This happens in a clinic or hospital. Aspiration abortion is usually available until about week 16 of pregnancy. (some clinics don’t offer it after week 12, though, so it’s important to check). After that amount of time, the procedure and availability can differ. In some clinics, aspiration abortions can be performed as soon as someone finds out they are pregnant. Other clinics only offer this type of abortion after week 5 or 6 from the first day of the last period.
In some clinics will do everything in a single appointment. Others will ask that you come first for a check-up and some medication to help the cervix open and then come back for the procedure a few hours to a day later. Before the procedure, we provide some painkillers and antibiotics
No follow-up appointment is typically after an aspiration abortion unless you experience complications.
It usually takes between 4-6 weeks for normal menstruation to return after an early abortion.