Abortion is a medical procedure that a doctor performs to terminate your pregnancy.
Abortion can only take place under certain conditions. Before you can get an abortion, you have a consultation with a general practitioner or other doctor to help you make a decision.
Consultation to help you make a decision
A doctor talks with you about your situation, the different options you have for your pregnancy and various methods of contraception. The abortion cannot take place before the 6th day after the consultation with the doctor, because the law states that you have 5 days to consider your decision.
You have the right to decide yourself if you terminate or continue with the pregnancy. The doctor helps you to make your own decision.
Methods of abortion
Up to 13 weeks of pregnancy, there are 2 methods to carry out an abortion:
- abortion pill:
Up to 9 weeks of pregnancy
You have to take 1-3 pills in the clinic and go home afterwards. After 1-3 days you take the other pills. The abortion pill causes a miscarriage. You will lose some blood.
- suction curettage:
Up to 13 weeks of pregnancy
The doctor gives you a local anaesthetic in the cervix. If you wish, you also can have a general anaesthetic in some cases. The doctor sucks out the contents of the uterus with a small tube.
From 13 weeks onwards
There are various methods for an abortion after 13 weeks. After this procedure you usually stay in the clinic for a longer time in order to rest. An abortion after 13 weeks is not available in all clinics.
A woman can have an abortion without the consent of her partner. Women aged 16 and older are allowed to decide for themselves if they want to have an abortion. Women aged under 16 need the permission of a parent or guardian. If this is not possible, go to your general practitioner or directly to an abortion clinic. Parental permission is often not required in that case.