Gynekologisk avdeling

Medical abortion

You can apply for an abortion either by contacting us directly or through your family doctor (GP=fastlege).

After contacting us, you will be offered an appointment to see a doctor and a nurse in the Outpatient Clinic (Gynekologisk poliklinikk).

Medical abortion is performed as a day-patient treatment, meaning the patient in most cases leaves the hospital the same day the procedure is performed.

Here below you will find detailed information about the medical abortion process.


Two days before the medical abortion, the nurse gives you one tablet of mifepristone (Mifegyne) to start the terminationprocess. In some occasions the abortion will start immediately after intake of Mifegyne, and you will then start to bleed. A common side effect of this drug is mild cramp-like abdominal pain. If needed, you may use ordinary over-the-counter pain killers, e.g. Paracet or Ibux. Less common, but normal, are nausea and a small vaginal bleed.

Please call us if:

  • You throw up within two hours of taking this tablet
  • You bleed heavily or experience severe pain


Day-patient Treatment (two days following Mifegyne intake)

You will present at the Gynecological day-patient ward, Gynekologisk dagpost at Women and Children's centre. You will be met by a nurse, who will go through the details of the treatment with you.

You may eat breakfast as normal. Feel free to bring a companion. Because you will share room with another patient, your companion is not allowed to stay with you in the room. Most patients leave after 4-6 hours, however it is not unusual to require longer hospital stay.

  • You will also be given four tablets of misoprostol (Cytotec). Dip these four tablets in water and insert them as far as possible into your vagina.
  • The Cytotec usually causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy within 1-4 hours; this is accompanied by abdominal pain.
  • You will be given medication to help pain and nausea.
  • You should then lie still for about an hour; during this time the medication will dissolve and be absorbed into your blood. After an hour you should get up and walk around, as this tends to accelerate the process.
  • Some patients will require additional doses of Cytotec before the termination starts and in a small number of cases surgical removal of the pregnancy is necessary.
  • Common side effects of misoprostol are nausea and loose stools.
  • Depending on the length of the pregnancy, the fetus may be big enough to be seen by the naked eye.



After the abortion


  • A menstruation-like bleeding is expected following the abortion. It commonly lasts from 2 to 4 weeks. Brown discharge is also normal
  • Avoid using tampons during this period, bathe in a bathtub or have intercourse
  • The menstrual period can be expected to return 4 to 6 weeks after the abortion
  • During the first menstrual period after the abortion, you can bleed more and for a longer period than usual.


You must do a pregnancy test 4 weeks following the abortion, to confirm that the pregnancy is successfully terminated. The test can be bought in the pharmacy or be done at any doctor’s office. If the test is positive you should contact the hospital.
To avoid getting pregnant, we recommend starting contraceptives the same day as the medical abortation.
If your gestational age is over 9 weeks, and your blood type is rhesus negative, you will receive an injection of anti-D gammaglobulin before you leave the hospital.

You should contact the hospital if:

  • The pregnancy test is positive.
  • If you experience abdominal pain and heavy bleeding.
  • Discharge with a bad smell.
  • Fever and a temperature over 38.0°C / 100.4 °F.

Return Home

In most cases patients can leave the hospital the same day as the procedure. Because of the medications you receive, you should not drive a car on the day of the abortion. You should ask someone to pick you up at the hospital. It is recommended to have someone with you the first 24 hours following the abortation.

In need of advice? Contact Amathea


The decision of having an abortion may be a difficult choice for someone. If you need counselling, you can contact
Amathea, which is a free service that offers advice and councelling concerning unplanned pregnancy and abortion.
Telephone: +47 815 32 005


Risks and complications

There are very few complications with medical abortion. In some cases the emptying of the uterus is incomplete. This can cause irregular bleedings in the weeks following the abortion, and surgical emptying of the uterus may be necessary. Rarely, an infection in the uterus can occur. Such infections require treatment.

Contact information


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Transportation Øya

Bus - Local and the surrounding districts

The best way to plan your travel is to visite the website of AtB and use the "Reiseplanlegger" (planner):

Bus - Airport

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Marienborg is the nearest train station to the hospital at Øya:

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Practical information


Note: Not all departments at St. Olav have the service to call you back, except for some outpatient clinics and laboratories.

What is callback?

Callback means that the telephone service is open to the public 24 hours so that you can give your message regardless of opening hours.

Remember personal identity number before calling

Please have your personal number - 6 or 11 figures - ready before calling. This will be of great help when we call you back.

If you are calling on behalf of others, for example children, the child's personal number must be entered.

Payment for not meeting

Note that cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before the appointment. Cancellation later than 24 hours before the appointment causes a fee of NOK 640 (in 2016)

Food. Places to eat

There are several places to eat in the hospital.

"Mat og cafe" of St. Olavs Hospital offers a variety of food in the centers at Øya, at Lian and in the local hospitals in Røros and Orkdal.

"SiT" on behalf of the NTNU, runs cafes at Øya helsehus and in the Medisnteksniske senter.

There are also a cafe in the Rusklinikken in Klostergata 48.

​Read more: Mat og cafe

Patient hotel


Opening hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday: 1000 - 1400

Phone 73 86 42 00

Read more about the Pharmacy


Shops within the Hospital area at Øya:

  • Bunnpris, located in Elgesetergate 18
  • Coop Prix in Klostergata 46


St. Olavs Hospital offers a free wireless guest network called HMNGuest. The guest network is available at all hospital locations throughout the region.

  • Connect to your wireless network HMNGuest
  • Open your browser and follow the instructions
  • You will receive a password by SMS and then you can use guest network online
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