Frequently asked questions about abortion and termination of pregnancy | Woman & Health, Abortion in Vienna, Austria

Private clinic and surgery center
for termination of pregnancy and abortion

Frequently asked questions about abortion and termination of pregnancy

Important information concerning the Coronavirus:

We are here for you!

Woman & Health has plenty of available appointment slots if you need an abortion or termination appointment!

Abortions and pregnancy terminations can also be performed on Saturdays, in case you need to avoid a scheduling conflict at work.

Due to our central location in Vienna near Schwedenplatz (U1/U4), we are easily and quickly accessible not only by Vienna's public transportation system, but also via the main train station for patients from the southern and western provinces.

For appointments you can reach us Monday to Friday at 01/5333 654 52 as well as via e-mail at - we check our e-mails regularly.

24h-emergency & weekend hotline

You can reach us around the clock by phone, SMS, WhatsApp and signal at 0676 661 0 992. If you do not reach us immediately, we will call or write back as soon as possible and guarantee a quick & uncomplicated appointment.

Women's health continues to be our focus!

What information do your the doctors need?

The following questions will be asked during an informative interview:

How can I use contraception safely after an abortion?

The medical team at Woman & Health will be happy to advise you on the most suitable and safe contraception for you.

How significant is the „rhesus factor”? When do I need a rhesus injection?

The blood group characteristics of humans also include the so-called „Rh factor”. About 85% of people have a positive Rh factor, only 15% have a negative one. People with the blood group characteristic rhesus negative would form antibodies against rhesus-positive blood cells due to the body's own immune defence system if they came into contact with them.

This initial contact, which in principle is asymptomatic, could occur during birth or abortion. Only in the case of a second contact, e.g. in a subsequent pregnancy, would there be a massive formation of antibodies with a defense reaction.

This would lead to severe complications during this pregnancy. A simple injection after birth or during an abortion can completely prevent this antibody formation and avoid any risk of antibody formation. This means: If you do have the blood group Rhesus negative (blood group certificate or quick test during the operation) you will receive the Rhesus prophylaxis injection from us.

Can I still have children after the procedure?

Of course. A new pregnancy is already possible in your next cycle. The risk of long-term complications is extremely low. However, as with any operation, it is always advisable to be supervised by experienced doctors.

How many abortions does Woman & Health perform each month?

We perform about 80-100 medical and surgical abortions at our clinic each month. Our patients tend to opt for a surgical abortion.

What do I need to consider before having an abortion?

Often women know quickly and clearly what their decision will be after discovering they are pregnant. Sometimes the situation is anything but easy and needs time and helpful discussions. Often a non-judgemental counselling session at Woman & Health can help.

We also offer counselling sessions only. These do not require a decision to be made. An ultrasound may be performed to determine the week of pregnancy. This counselling session is usually very helpful because patients are often confused by the information that can be found on the internet.

What are the most common reasons for abortion?

The reasons for abortions are very diverse: the relationship with the partner could be unresolved, women could just having given birth to a child, there can be medical reasons or infidelity, education could still be ongoing, there could be a financially unsecured future, some women fear becoming a single mother or being dependent on their parents... and many more.

How long should I wait after an abortion before having sexual intercourse, using tampons, swimming or doing sports?

In the first week after an abortion, we recommend refraining from sexual intercourse, swimming and bathing. Tampons should also not be used, instead you should use pads. Showering, work and sports are allowed again the day after the abortion. For most women, an abortion is no more stressful than a normal menstrual period.

How long will pregnancy symptoms such as nausea or breast tenderness last?

Because the pregnancy hormone present in the blood takes some time to drop again, these symptoms can last for a few weeks – depending on the week of pregnancy. However, they will definitely disappear again completely.

Do I have to take leave/sick leave for an abortion?

Usually you recover very quickly after the surgical procedure. In this case we recommend taking a day off on the day of the abortion.

In the case of abortion with medication, bleeding may occur in the first few hours after taking the prostaglandin (the 2nd tablet after two days). We recommend you to stay at home on this day and wait for the abortion bleeding.

What complications are possible with a surgical abortion?

In principle, surgical abortion is a very low-complication and low-risk operation. Nevertheless, you should know about the typical, albeit very rare, complications:

What complications are possible with a medical abortion?

Medicinal abortion has been a successful and safe method of terminating a pregnancy for many years. Typical, albeit very rare, complications are:

What are the differences of the medical abortion compared to the surgical method?

The clear advantage of the medication method is that no surgical procedure with anesthesia is necessary – even though of course it is usually harmless. Medical abortion is ideal for very early pregnancies. This method is allowed up to the 9th week (63rd day after menstruation).

It is a very safe and reliable method, with a success rate of about 97-98%. The disadvantage is that the medical abortion lasts two days and can be witnessed, which can be unpleasant for some women.

How much experience is there with medical abortion?

The abortion drug has been used in France since 1988 in combination with a prostaglandin. It is now approved in almost all Western European countries and has also been added to the list of essential drugs by the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, more than two million women in Europe have been treated with the abortion drug, to mostly great satisfaction.

Which of the two methods do you perform most often?

Surgical abortion is chosen more often by our patients. This is because the situation is over faster with this method than with a medical abortion. After the mini-surgery, the patient usually has a menstrual period that only lasts a few days.

Which is the better method for abortion?

There is no better method. It is always an individual decision, which is discussed together with the patient. After an examination, we advise the patient which method would be more suitable for her. The decision depends mainly on the state of the pregnancy. Both methods, medical and surgical, are very effective and have hardly any side effects.

What are the advantages of both methods?

The great advantage of the medication method is that the abortion can be performed very early and no surgical intervention is necessary. The big advantage of the surgical abortion is that it is very quick, the patient does not notice anything and does not feel any pain during the abortion.


If you have questions about termination of pregnancy and abortion, you can send them directly to our specialists using the form below. If you would like to make an appointment, you can reach us by phone at +43 1 5333 654 52, and in emergencies around the clock by email at check our e-mails regularly!

24h-emergency & weekend hotline

You can reach us around the clock by phone, SMS, WhatsApp and signal at 0676 661 0 992. If you do not reach us immediately, we will call or write back as soon as possible and guarantee a quick & uncomplicated appointment.

Appointment request

We are available by phone from Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 21:00, Friday until 20:00 at +43 1 533 36 54 502.

You can also use the following form to request an appointment online.
Attention: The appointment has to be bee confirmed by us in writing or via telephone!

1. Requested date:

2. Preferred time of day:


(If possible, the exact time of the appointment is set within the selected time of the day.)

3. Which method do you prefer?


(*You don't have to choose right now.)

4. What week of pregnancy are you in today?

5. Your contact details:


Appointment request
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