Having an abortion

If you decide to end the pregnancy and have an abortion you should first see your doctor, Marie Stopes International centre (Free call 1800 003 707) or family planning clinic for information about the type of abortion available to you. They will also ensure you meet all of the requirements of the current abortion law in your state.

Talking about it

You can also ask to see a counsellor at the clinic to go through any feelings you may have before having the abortion. Their aim is to help you cope with what you are going through and help you make the right decision.

Both the doctor and the counsellor will discuss if you want your parents to know about your abortion. A doctor will only give the go ahead if s/he believes you understand what's involved.

Types of abortion

What kind of abortion you have very much depends on how many weeks pregnant you are and whether or not you want a general anaesthetic (without one you will be awake during the procedure).

The earlier you go for help, the more options you will have available to you so don’t put off seeking advice.

Remember, you have choices so make sure that all options are clearly explained to you by the nurse/doctor and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

After the abortion

After the abortion you will probably feel cramps very much like your period cramps, and experience some bleeding which can last up to 14 days.

The nurses will tell you what to expect, and how to look after yourself. They will also make you a follow up appointment to make sure there are no problems.

Finally, you will need to discuss having sex again. While this may be the last thing on your mind, you need to know how long to wait after your abortion and what contraception to use.

If you want to talk to someone after your abortion most hospitals and organisations like Marie Stopes International can make suggestions on where to go to for post-abortion counselling.