Unplanned Pregnancy - SECCA National Sexuality and Your Rights

Unplanned Pregnancy

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If you have a and have sex with no condom or other and miss a period, you may be pregnant. Sometimes periods stop for other reasons so it is good to talk to your doctor about it.

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Pregnancy Test

You can do a pregnancy test yourself. You can buy a test from a pharmacy or from a supermarket. You can ask a trusted person to help you follow the instructions. A doctor or sexual can also help you with pregnancy testing.
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If you are pregnant see your doctor as soon as possible to talk about your choices.

If you are pregnant your choices are:


have and keep the baby


have the baby and then let someone adopt it


stop the pregnancy by having a termination.



A termination is medication or an operation that stops your pregnancy. It is also called an abortion.

Terminations are legal in Australia but the laws are different in each state and territory. The law in your state or territory will tell you the number of weeks into a pregnancy you can have a termination. The law will also tell you what needs to happen for you to have a termination.

Having a termination can be a big decision. Seeing a counsellor can help you decide if you would like to have a termination or not. If you decide to have a termination, you will need to talk to a doctor about this. They can help you learn about your choices and any risks.

Not all doctors and hospitals perform terminations so you will need to find out where you can go to have one.

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If you are under 18 years of age

If you are under 18 years of age there are different laws about getting a termination.

If you do not want your parent or guardian to know you want a termination, you can ask your doctor about your options.

Termination may be a hard decision.

Here are some things to think about when making this choice.

Your Health

Will having a child put your health at risk?

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Your Housing Situation

Do you have a place to bring up a child?

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Your Money

Do you have enough money to bring up a child?

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Your Support

Do you have
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to bring up a child?

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A counsellor can help you make your own decision.

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Who can help if you are pregnant?


Your doctor


A counsellor

A sexual health service

Your hospital or community health centre


Someone you trust.

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Page last updated: February 7, 2024