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Unexpected Pregnancy

If you suspect you may be pregnant, see a doctor as soon as possible after you have missed a menstrual period.
  • While you decide whether to continue your pregnancy, it is important to stay healthy. Harm to the fetus in the early stages of development cannot be undone. Avoid drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, keep yourself safe, and eat nutritious foods.
  • An unplanned pregnancy can be very emotionally stressful. Ask for support from your friends, family, doctor, and community services. You are not alone.
  • If you decide not to become a parent, one of your options is to place your baby with an adoption service.
  • Abortion services in British Columbia are covered under the Medical Services Plan and are provided by hospitals or licensed clinics. To access abortion services, contact your family doctor, family planning clinical, or "Facts of Life Line"
    Toll-Free 1-800-739-7367
  • Attempts to induce a miscarriage can threaten your life. Please see a doctor.

Did you know...

If you have had unprotected intercourse within the past 5 days (120 hours) and do not wish to become pregnant, “morning-after” or emergency contraception pills are available over-the-counter from a pharmacy ($40-50), your nearest family planning clinic, family doctor or treatment centre.

The sooner you take the emergency contraception pill, the more effective it is.

More information on emergency contraception.