The COVID-19 crisis is a major global event that has greatly impacted the healthcare service industry and society. At Marie Stopes South Africa, we endeavour to continue providing the best sexual and reproductive health services to the women in our communities. Our centres have remained open and fully operational during these trying times and have come up with a comfortable Home-based Abortion Pills service to offer.
What is medical abortion?
Terminating your pregnancy (abortion) is your legal right. Medical abortion involves the safe use of medication to terminate your pregnancy. This is the most widely used treatment option within 4-9 weeks of the pregnancy.
Medical abortion is accomplished by using a combination of two pills which work together to terminate a pregnancy.
- The first abortion pill is called mifepristone (commonly known as the abortion pill.) It stops your ovaries from producing the hormone, progesterone – which is needed for pregnancy.
- The second abortion pill is called misoprostol and needs to be taken 6 to 48 hours after the first pill has been taken. It causes cramping and bleeding similar to a miscarriage as the uterus is emptied.
Abortion pills in South Africa, together, offer a safe and accessible alternative for women.
How can I get the pills during Covid-19 pandemic?
Due to the national shutdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, our clients will be able to have access to the medical abortion pills without visiting one of our centres but still receiving the same care and assurance expected from us. Below is a guide on the process.
GUIDE TO HOME ABORTION PILLS SOUTH AFRICA
Get in touch with us on 0800 11 77 85
Call our TOLL FREE advice line and speak to one of our trained service providers who will advise you on the options available to you at the stage of your pregnancy. The consultation will allow us to discuss whether Home-based abortion is for you. We guarantee your rights to confidentiality.
Book a Telemedicine consultation
If you choose to have an abortion and are eligible for at-home abortion (telemedicine), one of our service providers will call you at an agreed time to discuss your treatment and contraception needs. This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions about your treatment and what to expect.
Receive your medical Home Abortion pack
Once you’ve gone through the teleconsultation, you will be provided with all the necessary information to collect your medication at your nearest centre or have it delivered to your doorstep. This option is completely SAFE and is conducted by our specially trained service providers who will be available to guide you through the whole process.
We’re here for your aftercare
The time taken to recover after a safe abortion is different for everyone, but you’ll usually feel better within a few days. If in the event you experience any problems after the treatment, we’re here to help. Call our TOLL FREE line and talk to one of our service providers on 0800 11 77 85.
Why our Telemedicine service is important
This new service will prevent thousands of women each month from having to make medically unnecessary journeys to abortion clinics while travel restrictions are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially reduce the rate of infection.
This new “telemedicine” service will bring much-needed relief to the thousands of women each month who access abortion care, as well as ease the pressure on abortion providers so that they can continue to deliver high-quality abortion care to all who need it.
Get in touch
For any questions, comments and suggestions you might have, don’t hesitate to contact us on:
- TOLL FREE – 0800 11 77 85
- BILLED – +27 (0)21 681 1547
We are here for you. We guarantee your rights to confidentiality.