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Abortion by Telehealth: Empowering You with Choice

24 Apr, 2024 | Abortion, Advice, Blog, Counselling, Equity and access, Uncategorised


The decision to have an abortion is a deeply personal one. It’s important to understand all your options and feel supported throughout the process. Abortion by telehealth services is a safe and effective way to manage an early pregnancy termination from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Understanding Abortion by Telehealth

Abortion medications can either be taken in a clinic or can be safely self-managed by women at home, with the right support. The World Health Organisation’s guidelines on health worker roles recommend that women themselves can safely self-manage medical abortion when they have access to the appropriate information and a health facility if they require medical support at any stage.  

Abortion by telehealth, also called teleabortion, uses modern communication technologies to connect you with qualified healthcare professionals for abortion care. It’s just as safe and effective as having a medical abortion in a facility.

How Abortion by Telehealth Benefits You

  • Increased Privacy & Comfort: Being able to have consultations and receive support remotely can be helpful, especially if you prefer a more private setting or have difficulties getting to a clinic.
  • Convenience & Flexibility: Teleabortion services work around your schedule, allowing you to arrange consultations at a time that best suits you.
  • Reduced Stigma: Teleabortion eliminates the anxiety some may feel about visiting a physical clinic. 
  • Improved Access to Care: Teleabortion closes geographical gaps, making abortion services more accessible to individuals.

Making an Informed Decision

It’s natural to have questions and concerns when considering any medical procedure. Here are some key points about the abortion by telehealth process at MSI Australia to help you decide whether it’s the right option for you:

  • Eligibility: Teleabortion is typically available for early pregnancies, often up to 9 weeks gestation. 
  • Process: The process generally involves two telehealth consultations. During the first, we’ll discuss your medical history, your previous pregnancies, concerns and the risks.. If you’re a suitable candidate, the next steps will be explained. During the second telehealth consultation, the doctor will discuss the ultrasound scan report, talk to you about your decision. You will complete the consent to treatment form. The healthcare professional will guide you through the medication administration and potential side effects.
  • Support: Counselling and post procedure follow-up services are available to address any emotional or practical concerns you may have throughout the process.

Important Considerations

Teleabortion may not be suitable for everyone. Here are some things to keep in mind before going down the path of abortion by telehealth:

  • Local Regulations: Abortion laws and regulations vary across regions. Have a look at the Abortion Laws and Regulations in your area to see if the abortion by telehealth service is legal and available in your area.
  • Medical History: Some pre-existing medical conditions may require in-clinic care. Your healthcare professional will guide you accordingly.
  • Access to Support: While telehealth offers convenience, having a trusted friend or family member for physical and emotional support during the process is recommended. Living within 2 hours of 24/7 emergency medical care such as a hospital emergency department is essential if you decide to proceed with your treatment with MSI Australia.
  • Side Effects: There are some symptoms you will probably experience during your teleabortion. Read more details here.


Empowering Yourself:  Next Steps

If you’re considering teleabortion, here are some helpful steps:

  • Research: Familiarise yourself with telehealth abortion services available in your area. 
  • Consultation: Schedule a consultation with a healthcare professional experienced in telehealth abortion services. This allows you to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.
  • Decision-Making: Remember, the decision ultimately belongs to you. Take your time, gather information and make the right choice for you and your circumstances.
  • Support Network: Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or a counsellor about your decision. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone.


Teleabortion is an option that allows you to manage things privately and on your terms. It makes it easier to get the care you need without as many roadblocks.

Remember you have choices, but be sure to also chat with your doctor or a qualified healthcare professional to go over what’s best in your specific situation.