FAQ

Which contraception is best for me?

There are a number of contraception options available today.

The contraception that is right for you will be as individual as your circumstances. Our consulting doctor will discuss these with you and recommend an appropriate contraception option for you to consider.

For general advice and information on contraception, visit our resources page.

Am I asleep when I have a surgical termination?

Yes you are. You will be given a General Anaesthetic, and can expect to be at the hospital for 3-4 hours from start to finish.

After the procedure you may still be a little drowsy and you will need someone to drive you home. This is a requirement as it is also illegal to drive for 24hrs after the General Anaesthetic.

Do I need a referral?

Yes, you do need a referral from your Doctor to visit our service. If this is not possible please complete the confidential online form found here. Alternatively you can contact us directly on 08 9746 3300 to make an appointment. 

Is a termination painful?

Surgical termination:

No, a surgical termination is not painful as you are under an anaesthetic during the procedure.

Once the anaesthetic wears off, you may or may not experience some mild discomfort, similar to menstrual cramps for a day or two. It’s a good idea to have some panadol or Nurofen on hand if required.

Medical Termination:

The pain can vary, but generally having some Neurofen or Panadeine and a heat pack on hand will help with this.

When can I return to work ?

Depending on your job you may be able to return to work the following day. If your work involves a lot of stretching or lifting we would recommend you wait three days before returning to work. We are able to provide you with a medical certificate for your employer if you require one.

When can I have sex again?

It is recommended that you do not have vaginal intercourse for two weeks after your termination. This is to avoid any infection or falling pregnant again straight away.

Can I use tampons?

You will not be able to use tampons immediately after or for 7 days after the procedure. This is so we are able to monitor any bleeding and also to avoid infection.

How will I feel?

Although a termination is a simple procedure, it is important that you know it is completely normal to feel more emotional than usual afterwards.

This is why Choices South West Offers after care  with access to a Clinical Nurse and the Doctor you saw, for support after a termination.

We have also partnered with South West Women’s Health and Information Centre to provide counselling services to you so that you have access to any emotional support you may need.

How soon can I get an appointment?

Although we will occasionally have busy periods, we will be able to book you in for a consultation within a matter of days.

We are able to begin the process for a medical termination at your consultation.

For surgical termination we can either see you prior to surgery date where we can start the theatre paperwork and consent. Or we can see you on the day of surgery where you will need to present fasting to your appointment with the procedure taking place at Busselton hospital on the same day in the afternoon. A theatre day is held once per week, depending on Anaesthetist and theatre staff availability. This is usually on a Wednesday or sometimes on a Tuesday.

You will be given the appropriate information at the time you make an appointment if not, prior to your appointment.

If I’m under 18 do I need my parents consent?

In Western Australia you require the consent of your parent or guardian only if you are under the age of 16.

If you wish to proceed with a termination without your parents consent, the consulting doctor and counsellor will be able to provide you with more information on this process so that you can make an informed decision. Please speak to us.

Is the procedure confidential?

All our procedures are completely confidential, as are any counselling appointments you attend at South West Women’s Health and Information Centre.