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, and Women on Web.
“If you have an unwanted pregnancy, you are not alone. Millions of women every year end pregnancies. One in every four 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, medical professionals and researchers based across 4 continents who have a strong focus on supporting self-managed abortion, especially in places where abortion is restricted by laws, stigma and lack of access. 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 10 languages on their website.
Women on Web
Women on Web is a Canadian non-profit organization that advocates for and facilitates access to contraception and safe abortion services through their website. Their help desk operates in 16 languages and answers emails within 24 h. Their online consultation is translated in 22 languages.
People who need safe abortion or contraception can make an online consultation at Women on Web website, after which a medical abortion can be prescribed by a licensed medical provider. The combination of two pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, will be sent to you via mail. Women on Web’s help desk and medical team will provide step-by-step instructions and walk you through the process in real time. 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 are less than 10 weeks pregnant, you have no severe illnesses, and you have problems accessing safe abortion.
Or alternatively you can go directly to: https://www.womenonweb.org/en/i-need-an-abortion
safe2choose is a social enterprise that is a part of an international movement for reproductive health and access to safe abortion. They operate an online counseling and informational platform that supports women who want an abortion with pills or a surgical abortion, and when needed, refer them to trusted, trained and pro-choice healthcare providers.
safe2choose provides scientific information and counselling through email and live chat about safe medical and surgical abortion. Their team includes multilingual councillors, medical doctors and experts in the field of public health and international development that work together to provide you with accurate information about safe abortion.
There are different procedures to safely end a pregnancy. safe2choose specialise in sharing information about the abortion with pills and the manual vacuum aspiration abortion within the first 11 weeks of pregnancy. For those women who need access to the abortion pills or who require additional support for a surgical abortion, safe2choose’s councillors will refer them to their nearest trusted healthcare provider.