If you think you are pregnant
If you think you are pregnant, check by using a pregnancy test as soon as possible. Sometimes there are other reasons why your period is late. If the pregnancy test is positive, you need to decide whether you want to continue with the pregnancy and become a parent, or end the pregnancy by having an abortion.
If you need help making a decision
If you need help making a decision, talk to someone you trust, either a friend or family member, or approach your GP or another trusted health care professional.
If you decide to continue the pregnancy
If you decide to continue the pregnancy, you should register for antenatal care as soon as possible.
If you decide to have an abortion
If abortion is legally available in your country see a health care professional to help you to find an abortion service provider.
- You can ask a community health worker, a nurse, a midwife or a GP to help you to arrange an abortion. Or you can contact an abortion clinic directly.
If abortion is legally restricted, and safe abortion services are not available, there are two ways you can get help:
- A national safe abortion information hotline – these are based in a growing number of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Go to Safe Abortion Information Hotlines.
- An internet-based, international abortion provider who can give you information, find out about your situation so they can help you, and provide access to medical abortion pills for you to use at home. A medical abortion can be done safely at home up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, as long as you have good information and access to emergency medical care in the rare case that there are complications. The internet lists dozens of providers of medical abortion pills who we know nothing about. Do NOT use them. We recommend three trusted providers, see below: Women Help Women, Women on Web and safe2choose.
“If you have an unwanted pregnancy, you are not alone. Millions of women every year end pregnancies. One in every three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Women around the world have used abortion pills to have a safe abortion.” (Women Help Women)
Women Help Women
Women Help Women is an international group of activists, trained counsellors and non-profit organizations. Their medical abortion service is provided in collaboration with a doctor and other medical experts. They bridge the gap between reproductive rights advocacy efforts and service provision and provide information in 7 languages on their website.
Women on Web
Women on Web is a digital community of women who have had abortions and individuals and organizations that support abortion rights. They answer emails every day and provide information on their website in 14 languages.
Their website refers you to a licensed doctor who can provide you with abortion pills. You will need to complete an online consultation of 25 questions, and if you have no contraindications, the pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) will be delivered to you. You will also be asked to make a donation unless you are in a difficult economic situation. Women on Web can only help you if you live in a country where access to safe abortion is restricted, you are less than 9 weeks pregnant and you have no severe illnesses.
Safe2choose is a social enterprise committed to facilitating access to safe medical abortion worldwide via the internet. Their website has information in 6 languages. They also offer multilingual counselling services, live chat support and referrals to post-abortion care for women.
To order abortion pills there is an online consultation which takes less than 10 minutes, or you can speak to a trained counsellor. Please note there is a fee payable in order to receive the medication.