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I'm pregnant, what are my options?

Our advice line is available 24 hours. We can offer you an appointment in 48 hours.

We’re here to support you through your decision about a pregnancy, and talk to you about the options available to you.

If you have had an unexpected positive pregnancy test, you may have mixed feelings about what to do next. If your pregnancy was planned, but sadly after antenatal screening you have been told of a serious feotal anomaly, we can talk you through all the options and will be there for you during this difficult time.

What are my options?

If you are pregnant, there are three options open to you:

  • You could continue with the pregnancy and raise a child.
  • You could continue with the pregnancy and consider adoption or fostering.
  • You could end the pregnancy with an abortion.

If you decide ending the pregnancy is the best course of action for you, we provide specialist abortion care at our clinics all over England. 
We can arrange abortion care for you if you're aged 13 and above. If you are under 16, you will be required to have counselling before making any decision to go ahead with treatment.

We offer two types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion. The method that’s right for you will depend on your gestation (how many weeks pregnant you are), your medical examination and history, and your personal choice. 

You are not alone in making this decision. We are here to talk it through with you and to help you access the care and support you need. Call us on 0345 300 8090 today to talk through your options.

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Considering abortion

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion by the time they're 45.

Some women are very clear about wanting to have one. Others will want to talk it through in detail to help them arrive at their decision.

It can help to seek advice from trusted, specialist organisations. If you don’t feel able to talk to friends or family, you can speak to a Marie Stopes UK counsellor or to your GP. Any conversation you have with us will be confidential.

We recognise that not all of our clients will identify as a woman. We welcome and support people of all gender identities to access abortion care services when they choose.

We can arrange a face-to-face counselling appointment in one of our clinics, or a phone appointment at a time that suits you. All NHS clients are entitled to free counselling sessions before or after having an abortion.

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What is the difference between the ‘morning after pill’ and the abortion pill?

It's important to know the difference betweek the two pills, and recognise when you need one or the other, and where to find them.

The Morning After Pill: Emergency Contraception

The ‘morning after pill’ is an emergency contraceptive: though often called the morning after pill, it can actually be taken up to 96 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is a progesterone-only hormone pill and works by delaying the release of an egg from an ovary, therefore preventing pregnancy. There is just one pill to take. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the greater the chances of avoiding pregnancy.

Read more about emergency contraception at this link.

The Abortion Pill: Medical Abortion

A medical abortion (or “abortion pill” as it sometimes called) involves taking two different types of medicine - mifepristone and misoprostol - at different times, to end an existing pregnancy. At Marie Stopes UK you can use this method of abortion up to 9 weeks + 6 days of pregnancy.

Read more about medical abortion at this link.

Looking for more information about our abortion services?

You’ll find answers to the questions people ask most here. If you can’t find out the information you need, please call us on 0345 300 8090.

Making the right choice for you

Before deciding whether to go ahead with an abortion, it can help to be as informed as possible. We’ve collated some information about abortion we hope you’ll find useful here.

Abortion and your rights

In England, Scotland and Wales, you legally have the right to an abortion up to 23 weeks and 6 days. If you live in Northern Ireland, you can also travel here for an abortion.

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A guides to costs

More than 95% of our clients have their abortion funded by the NHS. You can also pay to have one privately if you prefer, or if you’re not eligible for NHS funding.

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Advice for partners

If you’re a partner, friend or family member of someone having an abortion, here’s some advice on how you can support them.

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    Feli's story

    "If you decide to go through with an abortion, you will not feel alone at Marie Stopes."

    Andrea's story

    "I was emotional and frightened when I first called so having someone calm and kind to listen was a massive help."

    Charlie's story

    "I was devastated, and shocked, seeing those two blue lines was a metaphorical slap round the face."

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    "I was sure my medical abortion would be horrific, but it wasn't."

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