If you’re thinking of having an abortion it’s important to talk to someone you can trust. Be aware that people have different views about abortion and some may seek to influence your decision – remember it’s up to you.
You can go to your doctor or to a CaSH / family planning clinic, who should be able to explain which abortion services are available locally and both with the NHS and privately and book you an appointment to discuss methods and your options. You can also contact:
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
Helpline: 08457 304030
For confidential information and advice on abortion.
These agencies will give you time to talk it over with a counsellor before you see the doctor. You may be able to get an abortion on the NHS; other agencies may not charge either – it depends on your circumstances.
If you decide to go ahead, remember that time is important. An abortion is much simpler if you are less than 12 weeks pregnant. Later abortions are safe but a different method is used. Make sure you get proper help. Don’t be tempted to try “back-street” methods – they are dangerous.
If you decide not to go ahead with an abortion you may wish to talk to somebody about the support available to young mothers and babies. Family Planning, Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic (CaSH), Young Person’s Clinics offer a free, confidential service, whatever your age.
Methods and risks of procedures