If you know or suspect you are pregnant, see your health professional
as soon as possible. Whether you plan to continue a pregnancy or have an
abortion, it's important that your health professional asks about your medical
history. The medical history includes:
The date of your last menstrual period (LMP).
Your abortion options depend on how many weeks pregnant you are. A pregnancy is
40 weeks long: the 40 weeks are counted from the first day of the last
What your usual menstrual cycle is, especially
the number of days between periods. You may believe you are pregnant but your
cycle could be different for other reasons, such as stress.
dates that you had sexual intercourse since your last menstrual period started.
This could help date your pregnancy.
How many live births and
previous abortions you have had. This information helps your health
professional counsel you on your choices.
Any allergies or other
problems you have with medicines. This information will help your health
professional treat you safely and effectively.
Any signs of current
problems or infection, especially a
sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD may cause
complications after an abortion. It is important for your health professional
to take precautions, such as prescribing antibiotics, to avoid complications
after the procedure.
Any chronic conditions (such as
asthma, heart disease, or a history of gynecological
problems) that would increase your risk for problems after an
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.