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I'm pregnant, what are my options?

Same day appointments may be available. Call our advice line.

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.

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 one of our counsellors 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 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. 

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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Types of Abortion: Medical and Surgical 

What is the difference between a medical and a surgical abortions?

We offer a range of abortion care services and support through our network of our clinics. In this short video, Dr Yvonne Neubauer, MSI Reproductive Choices UK's Associate Clinical Director, explains the difference between the two methods of abortion and the treatment involved.

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How to choose your abortion treatment

Most patients having an abortion can choose how it will be carried out. Your choice will depend on your individual circumstances and how you feel about the different options.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE published two decision aid leaflets that can help you decide which option is best for you. 

At MSI UK we offer the following treatments: 

  • Medical Abortion (abortion with pills): up to 9 weeks and 6 days gestation 
  • Surgical Abortion: available from 6 weeks, up to 23 weeks and 6 days gestation 


Decision Aid: Abortion before 14 weeks Decision Aid: Abortion from 14 weeks up to 24 weeks

Making an informed choice: Medical or Surgical abortion

There are pros and cons to each option, these may include practical things, for example, if you have to travel to the clinic or might need to attend more than one face-to-face appointment.

The two decision aid leaflets (above) will walk you through pros and cons with each of the treatment options, answering questions such as: 

  • What are the options available to me (based on how many weeks pregnant I am)?
  • Where will the abortion take place?   
  • Is the abortion painful?   
  • How much bleeding will I get?   
  • What other problems could I have?   
  • How likely am I to need another procedure to complete the abortion?   
  • What contraception options are available at the same time or shortly after the abortion? 

During your consultation with us we will walk you through the options and answer your questions, so that you can make an informed choice. 

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.

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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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