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Marie Stopes UK (Exeter)

We've been helping people with their reproductive health options for over 40 years.

We provide NHS-funded and self-funded abortion and vasectomy care through our network of local clinics all over England. You can give us a call whenever you need us.

Our booking and advice line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – please call 0345 300 8090.

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion by the time they are 45. It is important to make the right decision for you, and part of that involves having all the information you need.

If you decide that an abortion is the best way forward for you, we can help you. We offer medical and surgical abortions at our clinics locally and all over England. You can also call our free and confidential advice line if you want to talk through your options or receive specialist clinical advice from our nursing team and counsellors.

Medical Abortion (the abortion pill)

A medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two types of medication at two different times. This is the safest treatment option for most women who are up to 9 weeks and 6 days pregnant.

Not everyone is suited for medical abortion – but, if that’s the case, you may still be able to have a surgical abortion.

You can access medical abortion treatment at any of our clinics in the UK within 2 days.

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is when the pregnancy is removed vaginally by an experienced doctor, using a gentle suction method.

We offer surgical abortions up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. We offer surgical abortion as a day treatment in our clinics. The procedure for a surgical abortion can differ depending on your gestation (how many weeks pregnant you are), and so the amount of time you will spend in the clinic will also be different.

We can offer the procedure with or without an anaesthetic. We’ll discuss your choices with you at your consultation, and talk to you about the pain relief we can give to make things more comfortable for you.

STI screening and contraception

As part of your abortion treatment, we'll help you find a method of contraception that best suits your individual needs.

Following an abortion your fertility will return almost immediately. If you do not want to get pregnant after having an abortion it is important to have a contraceptive method in place as soon as possible. At your abortion appointment, you will be offered a range of contraceptive methods and we'll be there to advise and talk through your options with you. 

During your medical assessment (which you get prior to any treatment) we’ll also offer you screening (testing) for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You may be offered testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.  

Testing for STIs is important so that you can treat any infection as soon as possible to avoid any long-term effects.

When you leave our clinic, your care does not end.

Recovery time after an abortion will be different for everyone, but you will usually feel better within a few days.

However, if you feel you are experiencing any problems – either physical or emotional – after the treatment, we’re here to help. You can call our aftercare line 24 hours a day and talk to one of our friendly, experienced nurses.

Different feelings may come up for people after an abortion, including relief and sadness. These are all normal things to feel. We’re here to talk at any time and can arrange post-abortion counselling, either face-to-face or over the phone. If you have any concerns call our aftercare line to speak to a nurse or counsellor (0345 300 8090).

Contact

Contact Name
Marie Stopes UK
Telephone
0345 300 8090
01392 201790
E-mail
services@mariestopes.org.uk
Website
Marie Stopes UK - website
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Venue

Address
St Leonards Medical Group
Athelstan Road
Exeter
Devon
Postcode
EX1 1SB

Further information

Display Date/Time
24/7 365 days a year
Referral required?
No
Referral details

You don’t need a GP referral to access NHS funded abortion care. Call our 24 hour advice line for info at 0345 300 8090. 

If you would like to visit your GP for advice in the first instance, your GP is also able to refer you into our services.

Waiting list?
Yes
Waiting list details
We aim to provide treatment within 48 hours. We have very low waiting lists and always have capacity for medical and surgical abortion treatment, in our clinics across the UK.
Age range
13 years to 50 years
DBS check?
(formerly CRB)
Yes
Accreditation/affiliation
Health and Care Professions Council
Last updated: 18/05/2020
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