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  1. Myths and facts about abortion

    In Victoria, where abortion is available in a range of public and private settings, it is a safe, common and legal reproductive health choice.

  2. Abortion procedures - surgical

    Abortion is one of the most common and safest types of surgery in Australia.

  3. Abortion procedures - medication

    Mifepristone, also called RU486 or the 'abortion pill', is used to terminate (end) a pregnancy up to nine weeks.

  4. Abortion in Victoria

    Some abortion services in Victoria offer reduced fees to students, healthcare card holders and those experiencing financial difficulty.

  5. Contraception after an abortion

    Whether you have a surgical or medical abortion you can become fertile again very soon after the abortion, so it's important to start using contraception immediately if you wish to prevent any unwanted pregnancies.

  6. Teenage pregnancy

    A young woman who is faced with an unintended or unplanned pregnancy and who is not sure of what to do, can access support to help her make a free and fully informed decision.

  7. Abortion information translated into community languages

    In Victoria, you can have two types of abortion: surgical and medication. Both types are safe and reliable. You can have a medication abortion up to nine weeks of pregnancy. You can have a surgical abortion from around six weeks of pregnancy onwards.

  8. Pregnancy - unplanned

    When a woman does not want to become a parent, her pregnancy options may include abortion or adoption.

  9. Contraception - emergency contraception

    It is best to take emergency contraception as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, but it still works well within 96 hours (four days).

  10. Contraception - Louna's lowdown on emergency contraception (video)

    This video was made by the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, with Louna Maroun to inform teenagers about this safe, effective form of contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Louna explains everything you need to know about emergency contraceptives, like the morning after pill, that are available over the counter from a pharmacist in Victoria. This video is provided for information purposes and general guidance only. You should always consult your doctor or another health professional as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information provided in this video for your particular circumstances.

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