When to refer?
You’ve had a consultation with a patient regarding an unwanted pregnancy. You have discussed abortion options at our clinics. Because of the mandatory consideration period in the Netherlands and the waiting period for treatment in our clinic, we ask you to give your patient a referral letter directly. The result of an ultrasound examination can also be used as a referral letter.
Download the referral letter

Mandatory consideration period in the Netherlands

From 16 days amenorrhoea (from 6 weeks plus 2 days after the first day of the last menstruation), in the Netherlands, an initial consultation with a doctor is required for an abortion plus a mandatory consideration period applies. The consideration period means that after the initial consultation a woman has with a doctor about the termination of her pregnancy, she needs to consider her decision for a minimum of 5 days. She is, however, free to already book a treatment appointment at the clinic. Treatment can take place from the sixth day after the initial consultation. The initial consultation can be with her own GP, a gynaecologist or a doctor at our clinic. A referral letter from a midwife is not valid.

Please note! The mandatory consideration period starts on the day of the initial consultation, so it’s key that this date is included in the referral letter.

Which treatment?
At our clinics, women with pregnancies up to 9 weeks, can choose the abortion pill or suction curettage/vacuum aspiration (medical abortion). For pregnancies between 9 and 13 weeks, the abortion always consists of suction curettage. Pregnancies between 13 and 22 weeks are terminated through surgical abortion. On this website your patient can find more information about all the treatments.