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My story: abortion, counselling and contraception

26 November 2021 Case study

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    "I was so anxious to have this done but it was the best decision for me and I don’t regret it." 

    A client shares her experience of accessing abortion, contraception and counselling services with MSI. 

     

    MSI UK nurse chats to a client in consultation room

    "I didn’t have any money or time, and I didn’t know how supportive my family would be." 

    I found out I was pregnant back in July. My period was late and I took a pregnancy test with my ex partner. I was already six weeks pregnant. I was shocked and ashamed. My ex partner was very supportive and let me know whatever my decision was they would support me.

    I knew already that I didn’t want children anytime soon, I’m a uni student, I had a job and I suffer with various mental illnesses. I didn’t have any money or time and I didn’t know how supportive my family would be. I told a few friends and they were very supportive of me, concerned but supportive.

    I called MSI about my options and I told them I already had done some research about abortion and contraception so I wanted a medical abortion if possible and to get the implant. I spoke to two people on the phone: one for the initial “consultation” and the other for more information about the abortion services and booking an appointment, both were so lovely and I never felt judged by them at all. I went to the clinic the day after my second call with MSI and I had to answer a few questions about my situation and my health and then I had a scan done. I was asked by the nurse if I wanted to see but I didn’t and she didn’t pressure me or anything. She explained everything we would be doing and she was so kind and supportive.

    "MSI were so amazing the whole time, they offer a counselling service and I never felt judged by anyone I spoke to."

    I took the first pill in the clinic, I waited for about 15 minutes and then the nurse inserted the implant. I went home with my ex partner and after 24 hours I took the next four pills orally. I started cramping and bleeding almost immediately and passed the pregnancy that night. I did continue bleeding for about two weeks afterwards but the pain did ease.

    MSI were so amazing the whole time, they offer a counselling service and I never felt judged by anyone I spoke to. I was so anxious to have this done but it was the best decision for me and I don’t regret it. Thank you to everyone that helped me on the phone and at the clinic, what you do is amazing and so many people need this service to continue!

    Two MSI UK sitting in a clinic reading abortion information
    Thank you to everyone that helped me on the phone and at the clinic, what you do is amazing and so many people need this service to continue!
    An MSI client
    September 2021

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