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Abortions are termination of a pregnancy by a doctor removing the contents of the uterus (a “surgical abortion”), or through the use of miscarriage-inducing medication (“medical abortions”). More information about the types of abortions are below.

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Medical abortions

Medical abortions can be obtained up to 8 weeks of pregnancy. Currently it uses the combination of two medications, methotrexate and misoprostol, to induce uterine contractions over several days that empty the contents of the uterus. Medical abortions are similar to an early miscarriage or a heavy period.

Surgical abortions

Surgical abortions can be performed between 7 and 20 weeks of pregnancy in Ottawa by a trained physician in a hospital or specialized clinic. The physician manually removes the contents of the uterus using a suction device while the patient is under local or general anesthesia. The actual procedure typically takes around 5-10 minutes. 

Learn more about surgical abortions

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To speak to a counselor about abortion options, please call us at 613-226-3234 dial 1 (for Options) or email options@ppottawa.ca.

You can also consult our responses to frequently asked questions about abortion.

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