A couple's decision to begin, prevent, or interrupt a pregnancy may be influenced by many factors including maternal medical disorders, risks involved in the pregnancy, and socioeconomic factors.
One or both members of a couple can use contraception to prevent pregnancy temporarily or sterilization to prevent pregnancy permanently. If contraception fails, abortion (termination of pregnancy) may be considered.
Last full review/revision June 2013 by Laura Sech; Penina Segall-Gutierrez, MD, MSc; Emily Silverstein; Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD
Content last modified August 2013