Category: When you can have an abortion

When you can have an abortion

When you can have an abortion, An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy. It’s also known as a termination.

The pregnancy ends either by:

  • taking medication
  • having a minor surgical procedure

An abortion is available for free through the HSE if you live in the Republic of Ireland.

If you live outside the Republic of Ireland, you can have an abortion in the Republic of Ireland. But you will have to pay for it.

When a termination can be carried out

You can have an abortion if your pregnancy is no more than 12 weeks.

12 weeks of pregnancy means 84 days since the first day of your last period.

After 12 weeks, you can only have a termination in certain circumstances.

The earlier an abortion is carried out, the simpler and safer it will be. Getting support early on will also give you more time to make a decision if you’re unsure whether you want to have an abortion or not. You can get free and confidential advice on all your options from My Options, a new HSE support service.

When can I take the termination pill? Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a medication abortion up to 77 days (11 weeks) after the first day of your last period. If it has been 78 days or more since the first day of your last period, you can have an in-clinic abortion to end your pregnancy.

What should we avoid after termination?

  • Despite how well you may feel, do not exercise strenuously for the first week.
  • Increased activity (such as returning to work) may cause more cramping and bleeding.
  • Breast tenderness and swelling may last up to 2 weeks.
  • Avoid stimulation of the nipples to reduce breast discharge.
Drink lots of fluids – water, milk, juice, sports drinks. Consider passing up or limiting carbonated beverages for a few days to prevent the risk of gas buildup. If possible, take a few days off from work or school to give your body a chance to recover. Rest and nap/sleep as much as possible.
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