Q10. Does counselling help?

A10. Yes. Talking to a trained professional can help as they will provide a non-judgemental, sympathetic view. They will not force you into making a decision and will encourage you to discuss your reasons for wanting an abortion.

They will not try to dissuade you from doing so either. They are there to support you with what is a very difficult decision.

A counselling session will enable you to explore all the options and will provide this support through the whole process. This help is available to you before, during and after your abortion.

Do not discount talking to your family and friends but sometimes, talking to someone in a neutral and friendly environment is more beneficial.

All clinics have their own personal counselling service which is available to you 24 hours a day.

Counselling is particularly helpful after an abortion when you are coming to terms with the outcome. Find out more in our coping after an abortion section.

FAQS Index:

Abortion FAQs

  1. My pregnancy is unplanned, should I consider an abortion?
  2. Does abortion hurt?
  3. Why is abortion such a controversial issue?
  4. I am thinking about having an abortion; what do I need to consider?
  5. Is there more than one type of abortion?
  6. I am under 16; do I have to get my parents permission to have an abortion?
  7. How much does an abortion cost?
  8. What reasons do women give for having an abortion?
  9. Should I have my abortion on the NHS or at a private clinic?
  10. Does counselling help?
  1. How do I arrange an abortion on the NHS?
  2. How do I arrange an abortion at a private clinic?
  3. What is a ‘late term abortion?’
  4. How safe is an abortion?
  5. Will having an abortion make me infertile?
  6. What happens at the initial consultation?
  7. What are the risks of an abortion?
  8. What can I expect after my abortion?
  9. What is the aftercare?
  10. Will I be able to have a baby some point in the future even though I have had an abortion?

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