In the UK, abortion is legal and is a very safe process. You should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible if abortion is an option. Many women have abortions for different reasons, for example, if the Mother’s life is at risk or if the baby has a medical condition.

Depending on your stage of pregnancy you will either have a medical abortion, which is carried out up to 9 weeks of pregnancy and involves 2 appointments at the clinic with no surgery or anesthetic. Taking the medications cause an early miscarriage that can feel like having a heavy and more painful period.

The other type of abortion is carried out between 9 and 24 weeks, this also takes 2 appointments to be carried out. The medication causes the womb to contract and push out the pregnancy.

From 22 weeks in a pregnancy, an injection to the womb is also required and patients are required to stay overnight stay for recovery. There is no legal obligation to tell the Father and all patients are allowed to have someone with them during the stages of the termination.

Whether a pregnancy scare is a situation that you’ve  been in before, or its a reality that you’re currently facing, its best to get officially tested to be certain.

And if you are pregnant and decide to have an abortion, continue with your pregnancy or even adopt it’s important to remember that you don’t make these decisions alone and think about all the free advice and support available to you.

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