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.
Medical abortions are available in Ottawa up until the 10th week of pregnancy. The medical abortion process is likely to involve multiple medical visits, likely to include assessment, counselling, referral, ultrasounds, blood work, and follow-up. Two medications are taken to end the pregnancy. There are a number of medical abortion providers in Ottawa, but we are only able to provide information about them over the phone. You can call (613) 226-3234 ext. 100 to reach us.
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.