Unplanned pregnancy is very common. Around half of all pregnancies are unplanned. As many as one in three women in the UK have an abortion at some time their lives. The decision to have an abortion is not easy and it can be a very emotional time for women. A small minority have serious emotional difficulties. If this happens talking it through with a trained counsellor can help.
If you live in Lothian and you wish to have an abortion, you can discuss it with us at any of our sexual health clinics
or with your GP. Either can refer you to the Choices Clinic at Chalmers Centre or St Johns Hospital for it to be performed. You will have time to talk and will see staff who will help to support your decision. Your decision to have an abortion and your treatment is a confidential matter between you and the healthcare team.
If you think you might be pregnant don't delay - come and see us or go to your GP as soon as possible. That way you have longer to make an informed decision. There are a number of clinics you can choose from and we will be glad to see you and offer you support.
We strongly recommend that you watch this short film, as it gives you all the information you need about the procedure.
Let's talk about abortion
This factsheet provides more local information about what happens when you have an abortion in Lothian.
Please read our full patient leaflet here.
If you want to find out more about what termination of pregnancy involves you can look at any of the websites below:
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service: A helpful website with information for women facing a difficult choice. See www.bpas.org/bpaswoman.php?page=123.
The FPA: The FPA has a long history of providing good information and leaflets about all sorts of sexual health issues, including termination of pregnancy. Go to www.fpa.org.uk/Homepage.