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Introduction
An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it does not result in the birth of a baby.
It is also sometimes known as a 'termination' or a 'termination of pregnancy'.
Depending on how many weeks you have been pregnant, the pregnancy is ended either by taking medication or by having a surgical procedure.

An abortion is not the same as a miscarriage, which is where the pregnancy is lost or ends naturally. The loss starts without medical intervention, although medical or surgical treatment may be needed after a miscarriage has started to help empty the womb.
Why an abortion may be needed
There are many reasons why a woman might decide to have an abortion, including:
personal circumstances – including risk to the wellbeing of existing children
a health risk to the mother
a high chance the baby will have a serious abnormality – either genetic or physical

When an abortion can be carried out
Under South Africa law, an abortion can usually only be carried out during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy as long as certain criteria are met (see below).
The Abortion Act 1997 in South Africa:
abortions must be carried out in a hospital or a specialist licensed clinic
a doctors must agree that an abortion would cause less damage to a woman's physical or mental health than continuing with the pregnancy
There are also a number of rarer situations when the law states an abortion may be carried out after 24 weeks. These include:
-if it's necessary to save the woman's life
-to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman
-if there is substantial risk that the child would be born with serious physical or mental disabilities
Generally, an abortion should be carried out as early in the pregnancy as possible, usually before 12 weeks and ideally before 9 weeks where possible.

Private abortions
You can contact us today for a private abortion . However, We will make the arrangements.
Costs for abortions in our clinics vary and will depend on:
-the stage of pregnancy (earlier abortions are usually less expensive)
If you are considering having an abortion, it is important to talk us as soon as possible.
Risks
No clinical procedure is entirely risk free, but abortion poses few risks to a woman's physical health, particularly when carried out as early as possible in the pregnancy (preferably during the first 12 weeks).
Having an abortion will not usually affect your chances of becoming pregnant and having normal pregnancies in future.
The risk of problems occurring during an abortion is low. However, there are more likely to be problems if an abortion is carried out later in a pregnancy.
The risks associated with abortions are:
haemorrhage (excessive bleeding) – occurs in about one in every 1,000 abortions
damage to the cervix (the entrance of the womb) – occurs in no more than 10 in every 1,000 abortions
damage to the womb – occurs in up to four in every 1,000 abortions during surgical abortion, and less than one in 1,000 medical abortions that are carried out at 12-24 weeks

The type of abortion procedure used in elective pregnancy termination is primarily determined by how far a woman is into pregnancy. During the first trimester, you will usually have the option of having a medical abortion procedure.

Need to Talk About Your Options?

Abortion: What Abortion Procedures Are Used During The First Trimester?

In most cases, you will have a choice between medical or surgical abortion procedures during the first trimester. But we offer Medical abortions are only available up through 24 weeks gestation.

The types of abortion procedures performed during the first trimester are:

Methotrexate & Misoprostol (MTX): a medical abortion procedure used up to the first seven weeks of pregnancy. This medication combination is not as commonly used in the S.A. with the availability of mifepristone, which works more effectively for this use.
Mifepristone and Misoprostol: a medical abortion procedure used up to the first seven to 24 weeks of pregnancy. It can also be referred to as RU-486, the abortion pill and Mifeprex.

Deciding what to do when you have an unplanned pregnancy may raise many issues for you. Here we discuss some of the legal and social considerations you may encounter.
Legally
At Connect Women's Centre, abortion is a legal medical procedure. It is performed with your consent and in consultation with a doctor. lt is a common and safe medical procedure. See Medical and clinical information about abortion at Conect Women’s Centre for more details.

You have the right to decide if you:
-continue the pregnancy
-become a parent
-choose adoption
-have an abortion.
At Connect Women’s Centre, we offer counselling, medical services for women with unplanned pregnancies. You can get support, information and referral for any of these options by contacting us.

Socially
Around 80% of South Africans support Connect woman’s Centre right to choose. Deciding to have an abortion is a personal decision based on each woman’s unique situation. You are the best judge of what is right for you because only you can weigh up how the pregnancy affects you.
However abortion is still difficult to talk about openly. Some women report feeling judged or pressured by the opinions of partners, families, friends, religion, communities and the wider society in general. Women may feel criticised for being sexually active and getting pregnant. They may feel judged for thinking about being a single parent or for considering abortion.
Sometimes women are also self-critical and may be angry or disappointed with themselves for being in a situation where they need to make such a decision. It is no wonder women feel like this after hearing the opinions and judgements of everyone else – it can feel like a ‘no-win’ situation.

Unplanned pregnancies are very common

It’s estimated there are about 300,000 unplanned pregnancies in South Africa every year. There are many reasons unplanned pregnancies happen, including:

-lack of 100% effective and available contraception
-lack of a supportive partner sharing responsibility for contraception
-lack of control in a relationship when it comes to sex or family planning
-lack of understanding on using contraception correctly
-a sexual assault.
It is important to remember that many women face an unplanned pregnancy at some stage in their lives.

Medication (non-surgical) abortion offers an alternative to surgery for women in the early weeks of pregnancy. The most well-known method of medication abortion uses mifepristone in combination with another drug, misoprostol, to end a pregnancy 0 to 24 weeks . Mifepristone is also known as RU486 or the ‘abortion pill’.

Medication abortion is a low-risk, non-invasive way to terminate (end) a pregnancy. The success rate is up to 98 per cent, which is only slightly lower than the rate for surgical abortion. In some countries, mifepristone is also used to treat a range of medical conditions, including endometriosis and cancer of the uterus (womb).

Preparing for a medication abortion

Medication abortion involves using medication instead of surgery to end a pregnancy. It can be done as soon as pregnancy is detected and the pregnancy . In South Africa, a medication abortion can be performed up to nine weeks of pregnancy althought some women prefer doing it when it has excessed such a period of time.

Before you can have a medication abortion, you will need to:
to check the stage of your pregnancy
talk with a nurse, doctor or counsellor
see a doctor, who will also ask you about your medical history.
The most well-known and effective form of medication abortion uses mifepristone.

Medication abortion procedure

A pregnancy needs high levels of the hormone progesterone to continue. Mifepristone works by blocking the action of progesterone to cause a miscarriage early in the pregnancy.

If there are no medical reasons that would make a surgical abortion a safer option and you decide to have the procedure, you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will then:
take a tablet of mifepristone at the clinic and then go home
twenty-four to 48 hours later, take the second dose of tablets (this dose contains the drug misoprostol, which softens the cervix and helps the uterus push out the pregnancy)
experience a miscarriage of your pregnancy between one and 24 hours later.
You will then:
Come back to the clinic in two weeks for a follow-up appointment to make sure the pregnancy has ended (this may involve having blood tests or an ultrasound)
have telephone contact (Tel: 012 752 7398)with the clinic if needed in case you have any questions or concerns.
What to expect after a medication abortion

After you have taken mifepristone, you may have experience nausea for a short time and light bleeding.

After you have taken misoprostol, you may experience nausea, vomiting headache, diarrhoea and chills. You may also have heavy bleeding and cramps that may be heavier and more painful than a normal period, usually beginning within four hours. The most severe symptoms usually settle within a few hours once the abortion is complete.

Follow-up after a medication abortion

You will need to have a follow-up appointment with our doctor or healthcare professional to confirm the pregnancy has ended. At this appointment, you may have an ultrasound (and possibly a blood test) to make sure the termination is complete. In about two per cent of cases, the abortion is not complete and a surgical termination is needed.

Self-care at home

You should take care of yourself in the 48 hours after having the procedure by following the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional. This can include:
using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help manage the cramps (your doctor can prescribe stronger medication if needed)
not smoking, drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs.
To lessen the risk of infection during the week after having the procedure, you should not:
insert anything, including tampons (do not use tampons until your next period) have perform any strenuous activity, including sport or heavy physical work, until the bleeding stops
go swimming or have a bath (you can shower).
Some women should not take mifepristone

Mifepristone is not recommended for all women and may not be suitable for you if you:
have certain medical conditions such as bleeding problems, adrenal failure or high blood pressure
are taking long-term steroid or blood-thinning medication
have an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
are more than nine weeks pregnant
have had allergic reactions to medication containing mifepristone
are fitted with an intrauterine device (the device needs to be removed before taking mifepristone).

We provide 100% Guaranteed & Affordable( Tel: 0127527398 Mob: 0730481767 ). Pain free with Great Results Connect Women Clinic is an abortion clinic performing first, second, and late term abortions. Also offering abortion pill, morning after pill, day after pill. Our mission will always be to provide all women and their families with the highest quality abortion care available at the lowest possible cost.
One in five women has turned to Connect Private Practice at some time in her life for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care. Abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it. Having a child is an important choice, and knowing all your options can help you to make the best decision. Remember that you have options when facing a pregnancy. Whether you choose adoption, parenthood, or abortion, getting all the information about each possibility will help you to make and feel good about your decision. If you think you might be pregnant because you've missed your period, had unprotected sex or are experiencing other symptoms that make you think you might be pregnant – we are here for you! At Connect you won’t find anyone who is judging you, forcing you to make a decision regarding your pregnancy or making money off your decision. Instead, you’ll find caring women, many who are medical professionals that are available to offer you FREE pregnancy tests and FREE ultrasounds. If you really are pregnant, you’ll find helpful peer coaches who will help you explore every option you have and help walk you through the process. Here at Connect women clinic we believe that every woman should be able to make choices in her pregnancy. Our job is to provide compassionate care, safety,affordable and confidential services. That's why we have won the trust from all generations of women all over the world. we use non surgical method(Abortion pills) to terminate... We are committed to providing the highest quality of obstetrical and gynecological care to women of all ages. Our dedicated staff aim to treat each patient and her health concerns with compassion and respect. Our dedicated group of receptionists, nurses, and physicians have worked together as a team for years caring for the women of Southern Africa and its surrounding area. The years of commitment of our staff to Woman's Clinic and our patients span from three years to four decades. We are a privately owned and operated doctors office with over 10 years of experience. Offering a wide variety of abortion services to help GP women receive the best possible care.This procedure should not interfere with your having children in the future should you decide to do so.Our Abortion services are provided in a compassionate, discreet and non-judgmental environment. Abortions are performed from 1 weeks to 24 weeks gestation.Our goal is to treat you with compassion and competence, ensuring that the abortion is done under the safest conditions with your health as our priority. This procedure should not interfere with your having children in the future should you decide to do so. Don't be a statistic. Get affordable help now! We open Monday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m everyday. Appointments can be made by the referring physician's office or by the patients themselves. Deciding to terminate a pregnancy can be one of life's most difficult choices. If you have decided to terminate your pregnancy, be assured that you are not alone. You matter and we are here to help you. Our physicians and professional staff will provide private and confidential one-on-one treatment and will support you every step of the way. Our providers are dedicated to serving women's medical needs. Besides abortion, they offer a full range of gynecological services which you can access at this site. With regard to abortion, emphasis is placed on safety, comfort, confidentiality and individualized care. In order to ensure your safety, our physicians are state licensed and have extensive experience performing pregnancy terminations. This expertise minimizes the risks involved in an abortion. Their personal dedication to abortion services continues to ensure that women maintain the right and the opportunity to choose to have an abortion. Comfort is of the utmost concern. Our provider members all respect the confidentiality of all patient interactions. If you choose to include your spouse, partner, parent, other family member, or friend in your visit to our office, we will welcome their participation and address any concerns that they may have. If you choose to maintain strict confidentiality, we will support you in this decision. For those of you who require absolute anonymity, see Private (VIP) Abortion. Our members are dedicated to treating each patient as an individual. At these offices you will always receive individualized care. Since each patient presents her own set of issues and concerns, all of our counseling/educational sessions are conducted on a one-to-one basis by compassionate professionals with experience counseling women. We maintain the utmost in patient confidentiality. No parental consent is required to have an abortion or seek any OB/GYN services such as birth control or treatment of sexually transmitted diseases at our office. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that every woman who receives medical care in any one of our Womens Clinic(s) be treated with the utmost respect and consideration.Connect Women clinic is a professional organization dedicated to providing expert, confidential, and respectful abortion care. We have a national and international reputation for providing the highest quality abortion services in a safe and caring environment. Kindness, courtesy, justice, love and respect are the cornerstones of our patient-provider relationships. We care about you, and we will do everything possible to make sure that your journey is as safe and as comfortable as we can possibly make it. VISIT: http://connectwomenclinic.webs.com/
Cnr Hellen Joseph str(Church street) & Lilian Ngoyi(Van der Walt) str, CBD, Pretoria. at Standard bank building opposite shoprite, 0002

HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ABORTION PILL
1. Day 1, Mifeprex: When you are still in our office you will take the Mifeprex
(mifepristone) pill with water or other liquid. This is considered Day 1. Eat and drink
normally so you do not get dehydrated. You may have some symptoms like headache,
nausea, dizziness, or more likely, some cramps or a little bleeding. Most women do not
have these symptoms, but if you have cramps, we recommend Tylenol Extra Strength,
Ibuprofen, or if the cramps are bad, take one of the pain pills we gave you. If you have
hives (skin rash) or other reaction to the medicine call our office at (012) 752-7398. Start
antibiotic TONIGHT as directed.
2. Day 2, Misoprostol: Within the next 24 hours, at your convenience, take 4 tablets of
misoprostol either by letting it dissolve in your mouth between cheek and gum, or by
swallowing. There may be fewer side effects like nausea or diarrhea letting it dissolve in
your cheek. Gum or candy may help with the chalky or bitter taste. You can pick
whatever time is convenient for you 12 hours after the Mifeprex. If you have childcare or
other responsibilities, please make arrangements for help in case you need it.
3. Cramping can start in an hour or longer. You may want to take some pain medication
at the same time you take the misoprostol. Many women cope well with Ibuprofen 800 mg
(4 tabs of over the counter Motrin, Advil type product) or 2 Aleve tablets (Naproxen
Sodium). Or, you may take one tablet of the pain reliever we gave you. If cramping is
severe, you can alternate Ibuprofen two hours after the Vicodin.
4. Bleeding can start as soon as the first hour, but may not begin for as long as 4-8
hours. After the bleeding starts it may be heavy for 3-4 hours. Most women will pass the
pregnancy during this time, although sometimes it will take longer. Clots can get very big,
as large as a golf ball, or even a tennis ball size. Bleeding may also be heavy: using the
full-size maxi-pads please call us if you saturate two pads an hour for two hours.
Saturating means that if you wrung out or squeezed the pad, blood would drip. It may be
kind of rough for a while, but after you pass some clots it should gradually get better.
5. Fever: Don’t be alarmed if you have a low grade fever, but if you feel chilled, dizzy,
nauseous, or shaky for more than 4 hours, with or without a fever or elevated
temperature, we want to hear from you. We want you to take an antibiotic in three
doses starting the evening of Day 1. If a fever continues or is over 100.4 for more than
four hours, call us. These may be side effects of the misoprostol, but they may also be
signs of an infection which is rare, but potentially serious.
6. Passing the pregnancy: Most women will pass pregnancy tissue (the gestational sac,
which contains the embryo) sometime in the first 4- 8 hours. Some may take longer. It
may be inside a clot or be more recognizable as a white or tan translucent sac. If you are
not certain that you have passed it, you can stop by for a check-up this week. Call for
an appointment. If you had pregnancy symptoms, like nausea, you should start to feel
better in the day after you pass the pregnancy.
7. What if it doesn’t work? If you did not bleed much at all, or if your pregnancy
symptoms persist for more than two days, you may not have passed the pregnancy. If you
are unsure, come back for a check-up. If you have not passed the pregnancy, you can
either take another dose of misoprostol at no extra charge in our office, probably on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, when Dr. Johnny is available. Please call first to discuss this.
8. Too much bleeding: You can have a lot of bleeding with this method, particularly if
you are closer to 7 weeks LMP. If you are bleeding more than is described in #4, please
call us. If you are bleeding heavily for more than 2 weeks, please call us. Follow the
instructions carefully and call if your bleeding is more than we told you to expect. After we
evaluate your condition we will tell you if we feel you need some medicine or to go to the
Emergency Room. It is rare to have an emergency, but we have someone on call if you are
experiencing a serious problem. Have the number of a pharmacy that is open when you
call.
9. Contact us: If you are our patient, please feel free to call us during our regular office
hours to let us know how you are doing. We are relying on your feedback to make sure
you are OK. Call Monday- Friday 6 am - 8 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 6 pm. (073) 048-1767
or (012) 752-7398, or if it’s an emergency.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Up to how many weeks do you terminate pregnancy (foetuses)?

Our clinic terminates pregnancy up to 24 weeks.

How much does it cost to have an abortion?

A pre-abortion consultation and ultra sound scan and pap smear costs R250. The actual abortion fee varies from R300 and upwards (depending on size of pregnancy and type of anesthesia used). As an estimate you should be prepared to pay R1000 for an early abortion below 8 weeks pregnancy

Do you provide "Morning After contraceptives"?

Yes, we do provide the "Morning After contraceptives" (Emergency Contraception).


When do i get my normal period after an Abortion?

In most cases, you will get your normal menstrual period from 4 to 8 weeks after the abortion. If you do not get your period in 8 weeks, please let us know.

Do you have female doctor?

Currently, our doctor is male. However, female nursing staff are present throughout the examination, during and after your Abortion process.

Can I still get pregnant in the future after my abortion?

Yes, there is no evidence that having an abortion has any effect on future pregnancies.

Is everything confidential?

All of our services are completely confidential. Patient information is never released without the signature and authorization of the patient.


If my pregnancy test is positive the week after an Abortion, Am i still pregnant?

Pregnancy hormone can be in your body up to 4 weeks after a medical abortion. Please wait till you have a follow up visit to the clinic (in 2-3 weeks) and we will perform all the necessary tests to make sure you are no longer pregnant.

How long will I bleed after Medical abortion?

In most cases the patient experiences bleeding for about a week after the abortion. However, some patients do experience bleeding for 3 days and other patients have spotting or bleeding off and on. It is important that you return for your follow- up evaluation one week after your procedure.

When can I have sex after the Medical abortion?

You should not have sex for two weeks after your procedure. When you return for your one week check up, the doctor will advise when you can resume sexual intercourse. This is because you are susceptible to infection.

Is Abortion painful?

100% pain free,You have a choice of local anesthesia (awake) or sedation anesthesia when you are in twilight sleep but conscious. If you wish to experience no pain at all, a general anesthesia can be arranged to be given by a qualified specialist anesthetist.


Do you offer a payment plan?

We regret that we are unable to provide payment plans. Payment is expected in full at the time of your procedure appointment. For your convenience we accept cash and all major credit cards, but no personal checks and medicaid

How will I feel after my Medical abortion?

Most patients experience some cramping. Pain killers are provided for your home use. You may take a shower but do not douche, use tampons or have intercourse for two weeks. Avoid any products that contain aspirin as aspirin promote bleeding.

Can I return to work? Or Should I take off for a few days?

The majority of our patients return to work or classes the following day. Your counselor and medical staff will explain the DO's and DON'Ts after Medical abortion

What must I do before the surgery?

You must not have any thing to eat or drink for a least 4 hours before the procedure. All nail polish must be removed and please do not wear any jewellery.

Why can't I eat before Medical abortion?

Because when anesthesia is administered, gag reflexes are temporarily suppressed. If food or liquid remain in the stomach, vomiting can occur resulting in choking.

Is it a doctor who performs the abortion?

Yes, the doctor is a specialist Ob-Gyn who is specifically approved by the MOH, South Africa to perform abortions.

Is dangerous to have an abortion?

The procedure is safe. Fewer risks exist with abortion than childbirth. The doctor performing the surgery is experienced and highly skilled. Our staff is trained to offer the highest standard of medical care available.

Do you provide me with birth control?

Yes. We offer birth control (contraception) to our patients immediately after pregnancy termination. Your doctor will evaluate your needs and assist you with the appropriate contraceptive method.

Is there a minimum age? Do I need parents consent?

There is no minimum age and parent's consent is not legally required. However girls under 16 years of age need to have counseling at the Institute of Health before having the pregnancy terminated. All abortions performed in South Africa come under the Regulations of the Ministry of Health (MOH) .The Termination of Pregnancy Act requires mandatory counseling for some South Afican Citizens .

Does my partner need to know?

No. Your partner does not need to know. Your services are completely confidential.

How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?

It is our experience that the majority of our patients are relieved after the procedure. However every patient is unique. If a person is feeling anger, regret or guilt for an extended period of time, she may want to consider professional counseling. We understand this has been a difficult decision and we remain sensitive to their feelings. We are pleased to offer a safe solution for undesired or problematic pregnancies. We have done so for more than fifteen years to vast numbers of women of various ages and lifestyles

Can I drive or take bus home after the procedure?

Driving or taking a bus after Medical abortion is not advisable. We strongly recommend you be accompanied home in a taxi by an adult.

When will I get my next menses?

In most cases next menses begins 4-6 weeks after the abortion .It is important to return for your 1 week follow up check to monitor your recovery.If you do not get your period after 8 weeks, please call us.

The following are the Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy Tests:

If I get a positive result on a home pregnancy test, does that mean I am pregnant?
A positive result from a home pregnancy test shows the presence of the hormone hCG in your system. When an egg is implanted in a woman’s uterine lining, hCG hormones begin to develop and multiply. This is a sign that you have become pregnant.

If I get a negative result on a home pregnancy test, does that mean I am not pregnant?
A negative result can mean that you are not pregnant, you took the test too early, or you took the test wrong. Pregnancy tests vary in their sensitivity (how soon they can detect the hormone hCG), and you may not have given your body enough time to produce enough hCG hormones that will show up on the test. Also, if you let a test sit for too long (after the instructions on the box tell you), the test is invalid. It is best to follow the instructions and wait until you have missed a period before taking the test. Most pregnancy tests come with two in a box, and it is a good idea to take both.

When is the earliest that I can take a home pregnancy test?
It is recommended that you wait until you have missed a period to take a home test. A missed period is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. If you cannot wait that long to find out and you know the day you may have conceived, then the earliest you can take a test would be 14 days from possible conception.

What if I take a couple of home pregnancy tests and get different answers?
If you have received different answers on multiple pregnancy tests, it is recommended that you get a blood test done to get an accurate answer.

Unplanned pregnancies are very common. In South Africa, there are around 150,000s each year.

Women will face the following options:

-continuing the pregnancy
-abortion
-Adoption
Lots of women tell us they can talk to friends, family or partners about their decision. Some women may not have spoken to anyone about what they’re going through.

While each woman’s situation is unique, it can be useful to hear stories from women who have been in similar situations.

Making a decision

TUMI
When you have made your decision, stay strong. If you start letting people make you doubt your decision, it can confuse you all over again. If people don’t respect your decision, they’re not worthy of your friendship.

ZINTLE
Because all my friends knew I was pregnant, it worried me stupid that if I didn't have the baby everyone would know I’d had an abortion. Having a baby doesn't have the same judgment and stigma attached to it. I wanted to know if my friends were going to be there for me or not. I rathered that people knew so that I knew what support I had. Even if I’d made the decision not to have the baby, then I might have someone say down the track, ‘It would have been great’, and that they’d have given me support, and I wouldn't have known that.
I would have loved to say, ‘I’m pregnant’, and be really happy about it. That’s what I really wanted. It’s an added stress when you’ve got everyone’s opinions flying at you. If you’re going to tell anyone make sure your secret is safe.

Abortion

KATLEGO
I had three children already and the fourth pregnancy was an accident. My relationship with my husband wasn't very stable and he felt another baby would jeopardize the family we already had and further destabilize our relationship. Although part of me would've been ok about having another child, I was scared about coping and perhaps not having the support from my husband, and even the possibility of my marriage ending if I had continued with the pregnancy. Although not without its emotional difficulties, I don’t regret having had an abortion. It was the right decision for my family at the time and now I can look back and see it was the right decision for me too.

SHARON
It just wasn't right for me and my partner at the time… Having a kid would have been awesome but it just would have been too hard… Like if we had have been together longer and like we weren't in uni and things, it might have been different, but just debt, debt. It wasn't really an option…

Myth 1: Abortion leads to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and breast cancer
Fact 1: Research has shown no link between abortion and infertility, ectopic pregnancy or breast cancer

The Better Health Channel, notes that while all surgery carries some risk, abortion doesn’t automatically harm fertility. A safely performed abortion is ‘10 times safer’ than pregnancy that continues to term in developed countries. Studies have shown no relationship between abortion and breast cancer.

For more information about the health risks of abortion see:

Medical and clinical information about abortion at Connect Women’s Clinic
Better Health Channel
Myth 2: Abortion is linked to mental health problems
Fact 2: The majority of women cope well after an abortion

The Pregnancy Advisory Service at Connect Women's Center has been supporting women through abortion for around 10 years. A majority of these women report that they did not find abortion emotionally or psychologically harmful. Although some women find it stressful or difficult in the short-term, most women cope positively and do not experience long-term problems.

It is important you find someone supportive and unbiased who you can talk with about your decision. This could be a friend, family member, partner, counsellor, GP or a community member. Try to talk to someone who understands abortion is an option – someone who acknowledges that you have right to decide what’s best for you and your pregnancy.

Myth 3: Women don’t have the right to decide what’s best for them
Fact 3: Women know best about what to do about their unplanned pregnancy

Supportive people can certainly help you think through your options. Women tell us their life decisions are connected with those around them. However, someone else should not make the decision for you. You know best about your own life circumstances, your strengths and capabilities, as well as your resources. You are also the main person who will be affected by continuing with the pregnancy or having an abortion.

Recent studies have shown that coercion around reproductive choice is often connected to partner violence or abuse. In other words, do you have a partner who is trying to force you into having a baby? Or having an abortion?

Myth 4: You are always in control of whether or not you get pregnant

Fact 4: Fertility is not always within the control of women

The fact is that:

contraception is not always 100% available and foolproof
women are not always in a position to consent to sex.
Studies have shown that between half and two-thirds of all women who have an abortion were using contraception at the time they became pregnant. No contraception is guaranteed to be 100% effective all the time. Sex and contraception are two areas where human beings and their relationships can be unpredictable and disorganised. The circumstances of women’s lives and their health – irregular periods, menopause, drug use, medical conditions, stress – will also affect fertility and contraceptive use.

Furthermore, sex is not always voluntary. Many women seeking abortion have not been in a position where they could freely agree to sex. This may apply to women who are in or outside of a relationship.

Myth 5: Women who have abortions don’t value motherhood
Fact 5: Abortion and motherhood are not in opposition to each other

Many of the women we talk to are already mothers. Often their decision is influenced by the desire to do the best they can for the child or children they already have. They fully understand the responsibility of parenting and what it would mean to have another child without having adequate resources to ‘do it properly’. This puts them in the best position to make a decision about whether to continue with a pregnancy.

There is also a myth often used to create a false division between ‘normal’ women, who are ‘natural’ mothers and ‘abnormal’ women, who do not become parents for a variety of personal reasons. This division is insulting – and not only to women who choose not to parent. Men’s choices about whether or not to have a family, for example, are rarely judged in the same way. Many women who want to be or are already mothers may also experience an unplanned pregnancy and an abortion in their life. Indeed, PAS statistics from 2005 show that at least half the women contacting the service with an unplanned pregnancy already had children.

SERVICES OFFERED
Connect Women’s Clinic is committed to a holistic philosophy of health and provides comprehensive services ranging including Family planning and services specialising in pregnancy terminations and gynaecology

Fertility treatment
The Reproductive Service at Connect Women’s Center is available for women from adolescence through to menopause.
Gynaecology
Connect Women’s Center is a specialist facility serving all women in south africa specialising in pregnancy terminations & gynaecology problems.
Health & wellbeing
One of the biggest challenges for many women is prioritising their own health.So what connect women clinic does is to make sure it provides women with all the necessary information needed.
Menopause
Menopause is a natural event for every woman. Understanding what symptoms to expect, that most women are able to deal with their symptoms without treatment and having a more positive outlook on menopause are helpful in managing this normal life stage.
Mental health
Mental health
We at connect women's center Mental Health provides specialist care to more than 600 patient's at the Women's Center every year.
Sexual health & sexuality
Some women are embarrassed about seeking help when it comes to sex and sexuality questions. Health professionals, though, can help if health issues and problems arise.
Support services
Support services
We offer a range of support services for all women.
Unplanned pregnancy
The Unplanned Pregnancy Support line provides a free and confidential telephone counselling service to women seeking support in making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy.
Violence & sexual assault
Connect Women’s Center provides services 24 hours a day, seven days to victim/survivors of both past and recent sexual assault.
Connect Women’s emergency care
Connect Women’s Emergency Care centre provides direct clinical care for women with emergency terminations and gynaecology problems.

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Connect Women’s Clinic does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or use of such information or advice) which is provided on the Website or incorporated into it by reference. Connect Women’s Clinic in pretoria provide this information on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Centre.
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