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We used the withdrawal method, on Monday night (1/3/2015). My girlfriend is 16 and I am 15. I have tried to get hold of an Emergency contraception. But only my girlfriend is allowed to buy it. And she was too scared to go anywhere and told me not to worry about pregnancy.

If she becomes pregnant, is there anyway that the NHS will do an abortion, free of charge and keep the information confidential e.g. parents, friends won't find out.

Thank you

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Hi there,

If you had unprotected sex on 1st April, the earliest your girlfriend will be able to test for pregnancy will be the 22nd April, as it can take up to 21 days for enough of the pregnancy hormone to build up to be picked up by the test.

If your girlfriend is pregnant and does decide to have an abortion, this will be available free of charge on the NHS and all information will be kept private and confidential - her parents, friends etc do not need to find out if she does not want to tell them about it.

Withdrawal is not an effective method of contraception, so if you are going to have sex and want to avoid pregnancy it would be best to use a more reliable method. We have information about all the contraceptive options on our website here:

I completely understand why your girlfriend might be scared to go and ask for the morning after pill, but she should know it is nothing to be ashamed about. If she is worried and needs contraception in the future there are specialist clinics avaiable for young people that might make her feel more comfortable, like Brook. You can find your nearest online here:

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,



Thank you sooo much, that's what i wanted to hear :) So kind, first helpful information I have had in a long time.


No problem at all - glad I could help. Do try not to panic, and if you need any more information just let me know.


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