Chapter 10 – Pregnancy Options

How do women present with an unintended pregnancy?

Studies examining pregnancy decision-making and timing have found that most women made their decision about the outcome of the pregnancy immediately upon discovering they were pregnant and acted on their decision very quickly.(13, 14) This appeared to be true both for those who chose to continue their pregnancy and keep their baby and those who chose to terminate the pregnancy.

A urine beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) test has often already been done by the patient at home before they present to a clinician, but it is important to offer to repeat this test. It can be useful to sensitively ask how they would feel about a positive result while you wait for the result of the pregnancy test. Do not make assumptions about the ‘wantedness’ of the pregnancy.

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