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 08:30 – 16:00.    It is also possible to be referred by your GP. 

When you attend the clinic, staff will discuss options available to you.
If abortion 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 you have self referred to the service, your GP will only be sent information regarding your clinic visit and admission with your consent.

NHS Forth Valley do not currently perform abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy.  If you are 18 weeks pregnant or over please contact BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) to arrange an appointment.  NHS Forth Valley cover the cost of an abortion performed by BPAS after 18 weeks.

It is also possible to pay for abortion services privately if you prefer.  Costs for private abortions vary. Arrangements can be made through BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), or private clinics.

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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