I thought I might be pregnant when I missed my period.
I went over to my best mate Hannah's house, and I did the test, and it was positive.
I just burst into tears, I didn't know what to do.
We, erm, we knew straight away that we weren't ready to be parents.
I'd just got a promotion at work, and we'd just bought our first flat together.
Well, I've already got kids, haven't I, so, I mean a boy and a girl, so
This pregnancy, really, it was, it was an accident
to be honest with you.
he gave me the the number for Bpas
which I rang, and I got an appointment
pretty quickly, really.
I didn't have any money to pay for an abortion.
I got Bpas's number off the internet, and when I called they told me that my treatment would be covered by
They told me I could bring someone with me.
Before I went to the clinic I was so stressed out, I was
terrified that my mum would find out.
Hello, can I have your name, please?
Sarah Evans. Obviously when I arrived at the clinic I was a bit nervous, but
The staff are really friendly, made me feel comfortable, and very professional
I just felt more relaxed straight away.
If I can give you this Before I gave the woman at reception my name, I wanted to know that nobody would tell my mum
she said that everything would be confidential.
You know what really surprised me
In all of this
it was like the different ages of the women that were in the actual
Because, I mean, you know me
I expected it to be full of teenagers to be honest
but, erm, but it was
kind of comforting really to see that some of the women in that room
were my age, and a little bit older
Sarah, is it ok if I see you by yourself?
Won't be long
Ok Sarah, you're here to see me about an unplanned pregnancy Have you reached a final decision?
The one thing I have to say, though, that I really didn't expect them to talk about
When I got to the clinic, was talking about continuing the pregnancy
I just thought that all they did was abortion, and that was it, that's what they did
Ok, Sarah, you've got three options.
first option is continue with the pregnancy
The second option is adoption
and the third option is a termination How do you feel about, you know, those options
But I have to say looking back on it, it really makes sense because I suppose you can have second thoughts in that situation, it's, erm, it's really reassuring to know that
they would have been ok with that
One thing I will say to you Sarah, is just because you're here today
At any time if you want to stop this process, you can, you're in control all the way through, ok Even on the day of treatment, alright?
Ok, if you take a seat back in the waiting room, erm, and the nurse will call you shortly, ok?
Alright, see you later
Ok, Sarah, it's time to do the scan now.
All the nurses were really nice to me.
They told me that the types of abortion you can have depends on how many weeks pregnant you are.
So they scanned me to see how many weeks pregnant I was.
I told the nurse I didn't want to see it, to make sure I didn't see anything.
So we've talked about your options, and you're absolutely certain
you want to go with the medical abortion?
One thing as well, that was a little bit of a surprise to me was that, erm
I didn't know that it could be done in so many different ways.
I just thought that the abortion pill was one pill. I didn't realise that you had to come back for three visits
I still decided to have it, because it meant I could have it all done at the same clinic, which is really close to where I live.
I kind of made up my mind before I came to England, that I wanted a surgical procedure
So that it's all over and done with in one day and I knew that I wanted to be asleep.
Then they went through all the different types of treatment with me, but even after that
I still felt reassured that I'd made the right choice, and that it was definitely a surgical abortion was
was right for me, and the right thing to do.
The nurse who explained everything to me and
told me what was involved
for each one
she's quite clear about all that
I decided personally that I'd go for the surgical option because
I'd just have a local anaesthetic, and that would mean that I'd be wide awake.
and then I'd be able to go home, as soon as I felt ready to, obviously.
After the treatment, because I didn't want to, erm, leave my mum with the kids too long
You just want to be able to get it done
know it's done, and when you get back, everything just returns to normal.
You've got your kids, you can get back into your life again
The bit I’m going to do now with you is your consent for treatment.
Signing your consent doesn't commit you to anything, but it does mean
everything's in place, if, you know, you just want to go ahead with everything.
So the important bit now
is for you to understand that
even with this treatment which is immensely safe
any procedure is
going to have some risks and complications or potential for risks and complications.
So I'm just going to run through these with you
So that you can sign your form, you know, being as well. Even though Hannah and her mum knew everything after I spoke to the nurse about what would happen
when I took the pill, I decided to tell my mum
The nurse said that my mum didn't need to know, but she said that I really needed to have someone with me
when everything started to, you know, when I got home As I was saying earlier
There's a little finger prick test today
Erm, she then said I had to have a blood test I was a bit scared about that, but she it was just a quick prick on the finger, and that's fine
Let's just take up a little drop of blood.
They even tested me for STI's while I was there
What you need to think about is
both what's most effective, but also what's going to suit you
Then a nurse came to chat to me about my contraception He didn't put the condom on properly. I decided to go for the implant anyway
My mum wouldn't even know I've got it
I'll tell you what I didn't realise, was there was so many contraception options out there, so many choices
I did actually end up changing
My contraception after that chat, so that was quite useful. I didn't know you could get pregnant straight after you've had an abortion
It actually feels like it'll be quite sharp
Yeah, everybody says that, but in reality very few women find problems with the threads at all
Ok Sarah, I'm going to make your appointment now, ok
I mean the thing with BPAS, I found, is that they were just really
First and foremost, erm
and I felt really looked after, as well
by them all
and that they actually cared.
OK, so we will see you tomorrow morning at nine o'clock.