Do you think you might be pregnant? Or has it recently been confirmed that you are pregnant? If you have had sex and missed a period it is important that you find out whether or not you are pregnant as soon as possible.

If you are pregnant, you should make an appointment to see a midwife as soon as possible. To do this, you will need to phone your GP surgery, local health centre or maternity hospital, and ask for a booking appointment with a midwife.

Don’t drink alcohol if you think you are pregnant or are planning a baby.

Alcohol during pregnancy can affect your baby’s brain and development.

Remember: No alcohol, no risk

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When your pregnancy test is positive but you didn’t want to be pregnant

You may feel confused, upset, shocked or dismayed. However you may feel you will need to consider the options open to you. How much time you have depends on how far on in the pregnancy you are already.

These are your options:
1. continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby
2. continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted or temporarily fostered
3. having the pregnancy terminated (have an abortion). You can self-refer for a termination by calling 01563 827025 (Monday-Friday 10am-1pm)

There are a number of people who can help and advise you. You may wish to discuss things with the clinic nurse or doctor, with your GP, the staff at the Day Ward at Ayrshire Maternity Unit, Crosshouse or the dedicated counselling service at Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine.

If you do not wish a termination but couldn’t cope with bringing up a child, then adoption might be the answer for you. You can find more about this from the Social Worker at Social Work Department, Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine.

It may also be helpful to discuss the options with your partner, a friend or your family before making your decision.

In the end only you can decide what is the best thing for you to do.

Many people have faced the same choice and most feel they made the right decision in difficult circumstances.

The nurses and doctors at your GP practice or sexual health clinic can talk over the options with you, at the time the test is done and at a later appointment. If you decide to continue your pregnancy, you can be referred to the antenatal clinic. There are ‘pro-life’ charities that can offer emotional and practical support to women who request it.

Thinking about termination?

Before you decide, you need to consider the reasons you want a termination:

  • Is it the only option?
  • If you have financial problems – would talking to a social worker help?
  • If you feel you couldn’t cope – consider what help might be available – would your family be supportive?
  • Would talking to a medical social worker help?
  • How you will feel – immediately afterwards and in the long term
  • If you are going to tell anyone
  • The possible complications of a termination- although these are rare

The Law

If you want an abortion, the law says two doctors need to see you to confirm that the abortion would be legal according to the criteria set out in the Abortion Act. There are time limits to abortion, so the sooner you get advice the better. Remember that the number of weeks you are pregnant is worked out from the first day of your last normal period.

Legally in England , Wales and Scotland, you can have an abortion up to the 24th weeks of your pregnancy, with the agreement of two doctors. However it is safest if the abortion happens in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy .

COVID-19: Service Update

Ayrshire and Arran is continuing to provide abortion services. Please contact us on 01563 827025 to make an appointment (Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm).

You will have a telephone appointment with staff from Day Ward at the Ayrshire Maternity Unit. The doctor or nurse will explain your options in detail, ask about medications you are taking and medical problems you might have. They will arrange for you to be seen briefly on Day Ward as long as you are well and don’t show any signs of Corona virus infection.

You must tell the team if you are self-isolating, have symptoms of corona virus or have had a  positive corona virus test. We will make different arrangements for you.

Most terminations are done by taking medication. If you are less than 10 weeks pregnant you may be able to collect the medication to take at home ( EMAH- early medical abortion at home)

EMAH is for people

  • 16 years of age or over
  • in good health, with no significant previous pregnancy problems
  • who have a telephone

You will be given a pack of medication for the first and your second treatment day, with instructions about how to use the medication.

We  recommend that you have someone at home with you for the whole of the second treatment day

  • What to expect at home
  • You may get bleeding between your first and second treatment days. If this happens, it is very important that you still take the second medication – both treatments are needed to ensure the abortion is successful.
  • You will have bleeding that is heavier than your normal period.You are likely to pass some large clots. The bleeding usually starts within 2-3 hours of the second treatment. Make sure you have plenty large or night-time sanitary towels at home. Use the toilet as often as you need to, and flush it as normal but put all sanitary towels in a bin ( not down the toilet).
  • The bleeding will be quite heavy for the first few days, and will then get lighter .  Most women bleed for 7-10 days in total after treatment, although sometimes the bleeding will last for a few weeks.
  • You will be fertile again very soon after your treatment, so it is very important to start using contraception straightaway. If you have chosen contraceptive pills, start on the day after the second medication is taken. If you have chosen an implant or injection, this will have been given at the clinic. If you wish an intra-uterine method (coil) we will arrange an appointment to return for this, and give you contraception to use until the appointment.
  • Confirming the abortion has worked
  • This treatment is very effective but around 1 in 100 women are still pregnant
  • To check that the treatment has been successful, we give you a special type of home pregnancy test to do two weeks after your treatment.
  • This test detects if there is still a high level of pregnancy hormones
  • mone, which could indicate that you are still pregnant. If the test is positive, or you are concerned that you could still be pregnant, we will arrange for you to return for a scan. If your test is negative, and you have no concerns, there is no need to return.

If you are not happy to do the pregnancy test yourself, you can ask for an appointment and return to the clinic for a test.

Contact us for advice if you 

  •  have continuous heavy bleeding (soaking three or more pads in one hour whilst resting)
  • don’t bleed  within 24 hours of your second treatment
  •  bleed for less than 4 days in total
  • develop a smelly discharge, fever or abdominal pain that does not respond to painkillers
  • still ‘feel’ pregnant (sore breasts, sickness, bigger tummy) after one week
  • do not take your medication as instructed
  • have a positive follow -up pregnancy test  or if the test doesn’t work
  • have any other concerns

Contact details

Day Ward : 01563 825329

If you need urgent advice outwith these hours contact the Assessment Unit on 01563 825300 24 hours a day.

If you have very heavy bleeding or severe pain