You may be considering an abortion because your pregnancy seems ill timed. You may be in the midst of studies or have recently taken on a new job, you may be having problems with your partner or you just think you are not ready to have this child.
Take your time
At Pregnancy Counselling Services we are here to listen and let you talk about your concerns before making a decision. It is vital that you feel in control of your decision making and that the final choice about this pregnancy is yours.
Many women who have had an abortion say that their decision was made either because they felt pressured or they thought they had no other choice.
Making a decision
We encourage you to understand your options so that you can make a fully informed decision about your pregnancy. The important thing to consider before deciding to have an abortion is that this action is irreversible and can affect you for the rest of your life.
Are you fully informed?
To make an informed choice you need to understand some of the possible physical and emotional consequences of abortion. It may be spoken of as a medically safe procedure, but you need to be aware of possible physical and psychological effects. For instance, a study by Professor David Fergusson* and colleagues in Canterbury, New Zealand, showed that young women with no previous history of mental health problems had a higher rate of symptoms such as the following, after choosing to have an abortion, as compared to those who chose to give birth to a child:
- Abuse of drugs and alcohol
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts.
*See Study by Professor Fergusson et al at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/193/6/444.abstract
Feel free to call us 0800 PREGNANT (773 462)
Have you considered talking confidentially to one of our counsellors? We are here to listen and to help you consider your choices so that you can make sound decisions for yourself.
A counsellor is available to you on the telephone 24 hours a day (or in person by appointment). You can also contact us by email or text. Remember our services are free.