Abortion / Termination of Pregnancy

  • An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn’t result in the birth of a baby.
  • It is also known as a termination.
  • The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure.
  • One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.

 If you are thinking about having an abortion (termination of pregnancy), you can self refer to Forth Valley Termination of Pregnancy Service.  Contact the Service by calling 01324 673555, Monday to Friday, between 08:00 – 17:00. It is also possible to be referred by your GP. 

When you attend the clinic the nurses and doctors will through the options with you. This includes discussing the long term implications, both physical and emotional, and considering practical matters such as what method of contraception you will use in the future.  This may require you to attend 2 separate appointments.

If a termination is considered the best option for you, a hospital appointment will be confirmed  and you will be given the details before you leave the clinic.
 If it is not possible to obtain an abortion under the NHS  you can also pay for the service privately if you prefer. Costs for private abortions vary depending on the stage of pregnancy and the method used to carry out the procedure.  Arrangements can be made  through the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) www.bpas.org.uk, or private clinics. 
If you have self referred to the service, your GP will only be sent information regarding your clinic visit and admission with your consent.
Please contact BPAS (British Pregnancy Assessment Service) if you feel you are over 17 weeks, 6 days pregnant.  They will be able to advise you, as Forth Valley do not currently perform terminations over 17 weeks, 6 days.
However NHS Forth Valley cover the cost of a termination performed by BPAS after 18 weeks.

BPAS - 03457 304030

Information for young people

This short film provides information for young people about abortion and abortion services locally.  The factsheet provides specific local information and a bit more detail that we couldn't fit in the film.
 Patient information on what to expect at an appointment to discuss termination of pregnancy.


Forth Valley Directory of Sexual Health Services - provides details of local / national organisations offering free information and support.

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