If you are not using contraception and Emergency contraception is not an option, there is a risk of pregnancy. Although it is a daunting thing to consider you could become pregnant after unprotected sex and sexual assault. The sooner you find out the better in terms time to consider your options. This includes:
- To continue with the pregnancy and raise the child
- To continue with the pregnancy and make an arrangement for someone else to raise the child
- To terminate or end the pregnancy, which is also known as ‘abortion’
Each of these options has its challenges but with good support you can work out what is right for you.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE in these big decisions. If you feel you need more support than a trusted friend or family member, there is professional support. If your doctor is open to all options you can speak with them about them. This appointment can be private if you ask no matter your age. Counsellors are available in person or via telephone through services like Family Planning Victoria (1800 013 952) or National Pregnancy Support Line (1800 422 213) to help you make a decision. You can also speak with a SECASA counsellor/advocate (1800 806 292).
If you chose to have a termination it’s worth knowing:
- There are two types of legal terminations, one complete with surgery (Surgical termination) and the other completed by taking tablet/s (Medication termination).
- Most abortions are performed during the first trimester of pregnancy (up to 12 weeks), but some may be performed in the second trimester (12 to 24 weeks).
- Terminations can happen after 24-36 weeks pregnant in rare circumstances, such as when falling pregnant as a consequence of a sexual assault.
- There is no age limit on terminations.
- A termination can occur without a parent/guardian’s knowledge if the doctor deems you are able to make an informed decision.
- Costs vary depending on the clinic you use for the termination. Costs can be reduced if you have a Medicare Card and/or Health Care Card. On average the cost can be greater than $300.00 Australian Dollars.
See also: Preventing pregnancy
- Abortion services in Victoria
- Contraception and pregnancy
- Family Planning Victoria
- Marie Stopes Australia
- National Council of Single Mothers and their Children
- National Pregnancy Support Line 1800 422 213 (free call)
- Pregnancy Advisory Service (03) 8345 3063
- Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline
- Unplanned pregnancy