Every year about 17,000 abortions are performed in Denmark. Abortions can be medical or surgical. What is important is that the method chosen is the most effective; that is, the most complete and uncomplicated method, and the one implying the least physical side-effects for the woman. Any woman who is a Danish citizen has the right to have an abortion performed in Denmark. It can be performed without referral from a family doctor.
The treatment is free of charge if you are a Danish citizen.
Before the procedure, you’ll have an examination. You’ll have an ultrasound scan to determine the length of the pregnancy. Also, we need to make sure that the pregnancy is located in the uterus. After that, you and the specialist will have a talk to find out whether a medical or surgical abortion is the best solution for you. After week 8, surgical abortion is recommended.
The main advantage of a surgical abortion is that you’ll bleed for fewer days than after a medical abortion. And you’ll not experience the labour-like pain that goes with a medical abortion (for which you’ll get some painkillers).
- Before the operation
The abortion is performed as an outpatient procedure. Afterwards you should stay at the clinic for a couple of hours. But because there may be some side-effects of the anaesthetic, you must have somebody to come and pick you up at the clinic and stay with you for the next 24 hours.
Before the procedure, it’s important that you tell the specialist about any drugs or medicine you take, because some of them may be dangerous in combination with the anaesthetic.
- You are not allowed to eat anything during the last 6 hours before your operation
- You are allowed to drink water and juice until 2 hours before your operation
- The operation
You’ll have a general anaesthetic for the procedure. We’ll put an IV line in the back of your hand and give you the anaesthetic through it. The operation is performed via the vagina and takes about 15 minutes. You’ll also be given a drug that makes the uterus contract (Methergin).
- Post-operative checkup
Before you leave the clinic, you need to make an appointment for a checkup 14 days after the procedure.
- Good to know
Bleeding: You’ll bleed for about 2 weeks. The first week you’ll bleed a bit more than during an ordinary period; then the bleeding will gradually lessen.
Pain: It’s normal to experience pain after the procedure. But paracetamol painkillers should be enough to deal with the pain.
Hygiene: To avoid infection, you shouldn’t use tampons until the bleeding has stopped. Take showers only, and don’t go swimming for 4 weeks after the operation.
Activity and sex: You may start working again a couple of days after the operation. You shouldn’t have sex as long as you’re bleeding (or use a condom). During the time up to your next period, you can get pregnant. Therefore, it is important that you use birth control. You can begin taking birth-control pills the same evening you’ve had the abortion. If you’ve chosen to have an IUS, make an appointment to see your doctor.
- Side-effects & complications
In very few cases complications occur. If you experience strong pain, a fever, ill-smelling vaginal discharge or prolonged heavy bleeding, you must contact the clinic at +45 8612 6121 or +45 2320 4221.