I let my mother and older brother convince me to have an abortion.

I'm 17 years old and found out I was 5 weeks pregnant right before Christmas. Though my boyfriend and I wanted to keep our baby, and his family was supportive, I let my mother and older brother convince me to have an abortion. I did. It's been almost a month and the guilt and sadness are still fresh. My boyfriend hates my family because of them taking away his voice during the whole process.
We had sex two weeks after my abortion, maybe five minutes of it was unprotected, and I'm nervous I might be pregnant again. There's a part of me that's happy because I can give this baby the life I couldn't give my other baby, but then I know I have a whole life ahead of me. It's a very difficult process and time and it doesn't help that no one in my family is willing to talk to me about it.

Editor's Comment

I am sorry that you felt pressurised into making your decision. It is often hard to come to terms with a decision when you feel that others are making it for you, and you are powerless to have a voice. It is also not unusual to take another pregnancy risk when you are grieving for the baby you lost. There is a chance of getting pregnant whenever you have unprotected sex so you should take a pregnancy test if your period is late, or 3 weeks after the incidence of unprotected sex. If you would like to talk this through, or to get some post abortion support, please call the helpline 0300 4000 999, or follow the link for post abortion support. or for support around unprotected sex.

This story was sent in on 01/02/2015

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