Abortion means choosing to end a pregnancy. It's important to know your rights and to talk to someone you trust if you're thinking about ending your pregnancy.

what does an abortion involve?

Deciding to have an abortion can be really scary. But no one should ever force to you decide whether or not to have one.

There are different ways to have an abortion, depending on how many weeks pregnant you are.

Up to 9 weeks
In early pregnancy, some doctors may give you 2 special tablets to take which will cause you to miscarry the pregnancy - which means you won't be pregnant anymore.

Abortions can make you bleed from your vagina for up to 2 weeks, which can feel like you're having a heavy period.

Up to 15 weeks
Abortions later than this will involve surgery in a hospital or clinic under anaesthetic.

If you wish to abort a pregnancy after 15 weeks then the procedures are different and your doctor or nurse will explain exactly what needs to happen. You may feel some discomfort after having an abortion.

3 facts about abortion:

  • abortion is more common than you think, 1 in 5 pregnancies are aborted
  • more than half of all pregnancies aren't planned
  • talking about it can be really difficult, but you're not alone. We're here to give you support.

your rights across the UK

Abortions are legal in some areas but not in others.

Find out your rights across the UK.

get help with decisions

It can be very emotional deciding to have an abortion.

But however you feel, it can be really helpful to talk to your doctor or to someone you trust.

You can also talk to us about any worries you may have. We're here to support you.

You don't have to talk to your parents, but your doctor will encourage you to.

No matter what your situation is, there are people who you can talk to - you don't have to go through this on your own.

getting confidential advice

It's important to get support when you make big decisions that affect your future.